Like old times: Aaron Rodgers strikes early in his return from collarbone

Like old times: Aaron Rodgers strikes early in his return from collarbone

Like old times: Aaron Rodgers strikes early in his return from collarbone

Rodgers threw it 45 times, completing 26 for 290 yards with three touchdowns.

Rodgers, playing for the first time since breaking his right collarbone on October 15, threw a trio of touchdown passes, but his three turnovers prevented the Packers (7-7) from picking up a win they desperately needed to stay in the NFC playoff hunt.

After having missed much of the year due to injury, Olsen entered Sunday with just four catches for 38 yards on the season.

The Packers cleared Rodgers to return on Tuesday and officially added him to the roster on Saturday after he spent eight weeks on injured reserve.

Down a pair of touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, Rodgers almost led the Packers back.

QB Cam Newton went 20-of-31 for 242 yards, throwing four touchdowns and committing no turnovers on the day.

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Following Jones' interception, Newton fired an end zone shot to receiver Damiere Byrd that was at first ruled incomplete.

After rushing for 63 yards on 12 carries on Sunday, McCaffrey now has 382 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the season. Rodgers threw three uncharacteristic interceptions and Allison's lost fumble ended the game.

The Carolina win moves them to 10-4 and keeps the pressure on New Orleans in the NFC South.

Star Lotulelei and Thomas Davis combined on a sack to force a fourth and 14 with 5:46 to play, and the Packers down 31-17.

Rodgers was able to give the Packers their two biggest passing plays of the game; taking advantage of failed defensive miscommunication for a 24-yard touchdown down the seam in the fourth quarter, as well as securing a deep crosser for a 36-yard gain. Trailing by 7 with 2:41 left in the game, the Packers recovered an onside kick. With that, we give you our PFF-exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.

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