Aaron Rodgers Returns, Tosses TD on Second Drive

Aaron Rodgers Returns, Tosses TD on Second Drive

Newton kept the drive alive on a long third down with a 9-yard scramble.

His opposite number Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes in a 31-24 win for the Panthers. Jones saw more playing time on Sunday thanks to Ron Rivera's decision to sit a healthy Captain Munnerlyn after the veteran's complaints about playing time this week.

Rodgers was clearly rusty in his return, off for much of the game with his accuracy and comfort in the pocket. The other two interceptions were brought down by cornerbacks Bradberry and Daryl Worley - the second week in a row both players had picks.

Worley's interception gave the Panthers the ball back on their 39, but they had to settle for a field goal.

After not catching a pass last week against the Vikings, Olsen had nine catches for 116 yards and a touchdown Sunday.

The Packers led 14-10 at halftime but struggled in the third quarter. But he started over Jonathan Stewart a week after the veteran had 103 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and proved worthy of that from the outset.

After review, officials ruled that Byrd made the touchdown catch - which appeared to be a catch by the left side of Byrd's behind getting down in-bounds. Carolina went three-and-out following the interception. A Carolina recovery allowed them to out the clock. The Pro Bowl quarterback returned Sunday after a two-month with a broken collarbone. He finished with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

The first half had the feel of a playoff game, as a Christian McCaffrey-heavy drive put the Panthers up 7-0 on their first offensive possession.

Defensive end Julius Peppers, a former teammate of Rodgers, combined with Mario Addison to sack the quarterback on the next play. Panthers safety Mike Adams then fell on the ball to secure the victory.

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