Panthers stay perfect, but need to hold off Packers

Sun Nov 8, 2015 8:26pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - It's easy for the Carolina Panthers to focus on the results these days after another key victory with a dicey ending.

"It felt great how we played because we stopped them at the end," defensive end Kony Ealy said. "But we have to learn how to put our foot down on their throats."

Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the unbeaten Panthers (8-0) held off the Green Bay Packers 37-29.

This one was not secured until linebacker Thomas Davis made an interception on a fourth-down play near the goal line after the Packers (6-2) threatened to wipe out a 23-point deficit in the last eight minutes.

Davis intercepted Aaron Rodgers' fourth-and-goal pass from the 4-yard line after the two-minute warning. Wide receiver Randall Cobb was open, but Rodgers missed him under heavy duress from defensive tackle Kawann Short. Rodgers had four touchdown passes and was sacked five times.

"I just made the catch, but it was fourth down anyway," Davis said. "I cannot stress enough how much (Short) meant going in there and making it happen."

The Panthers continued the best start in franchise history with their second victory in less than a week after recovering in overtime to defeat the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

"We let another team come back on us," Davis said. "That was because of Aaron Rodgers."

Green Bay lost consecutive games for the first time since November 2013 to fall into a first-place NFC North tie with the Vikings (6-2).   Continued...

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) and strong safety Roman Harper (41) break up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports