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Panthers 31, Packers 24, playoff hopes on life support after 3 Rodgers interceptions

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Packers Second Screen: at Panthers
Packers Second Screen: at Panthers
Packers Second Screen: at Panthers
Packers Second Screen: at Panthers
Packers Second Screen: at Panthers
Packers Second Screen: at Panthers
Posted at 12:00 AM, Dec 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 08:34:15-05

The Packers' playoff hopes are on life support after the loss. An Atlanta win Monday night would eliminate them, ending a streak of eight straight years, one short of an NFL record. But if Tampa Bay wins, the Packers are still alive. Here is how the Packers can still make the playoffs.

MORE: Gallery of today's game

4th Quarter

Carolina 31, Green Bay 24
Rodgers-to-Rodgers 26 yards TD pass
2:43 left in quarter

Carolina 31, Green Bay 17
Newton-Byrd 13 yd TD pass
12:24 left in quarter

3rd Quarter

Carolina 24, Green Bay 17
Crosby 28 FG
1:23 left in quarter

Carolina 24, Green Bay 14
Newton-Byrd TD pass
7:20 left in quarter

Carolina 17, Green Bay 14
Newton-Olsen TD pass
11:34 left in quarter

2nd Quarter

Green Bay 14, Carolina 10
Rodgers-Cobb 33 yard TD pass
0:26 left in quarter

Carolina 10, Green Bay 7
Gano 33 yd FG
9:02 left in quarter

1st Quarter

Green Bay 7, Carolina 7
Rodgers-Adams 13 yard TD pass
:00 left in quarter

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Carolina 7, Green Bay 0
Newton-McCaffrey 7 yd TD pass
5:57 left in quarter

Pregame updates

Pregame story


For the first time since October 15, it's a Packers Gameday, and Aaron Rodgers is the starting quarterback.

The highest-ranked quarterback in NFL history (by passer rating) is back in the lineup after a broken collarbone sidelined him for eight weeks, and he comes in at the most critical time of the season with a must-win gameday in Carolina.

Green Bay, however, faces the first of two daunting tasks on their schedule - beating 9-4 Carolina and 10-3 Minnesota in consecutive weekends.

The Panthers come in with the 5th ranked total defense in football. They happen to also be 7th against the pass and third against the run. This defense is more than stout.

However, it is vulnerable, with the last three opponents scoring at least 24 points each.

Carolina has made up for it with an offense that has scored at least 31 points in each of the three wins they've tallied in the past four games. In those contests, they rushed for at least 145 yards on the ground - twice topping 200 yards.

Perhaps the odds were better in Cleveland of the Packers winning with Hundley than they were with Rodgers today in Carolina. However, the chances would be very little to none if the Packers didn't have Rodgers today.

Plus, in any regular season game with Rodgers at quarterback where a loss would realistically end their playoff hopes, the Packers have a perfect 8-0 record.

Yes, fans, Aaron Rodgers is clutch. He will need to be, again.

Stay tuned.