Charlotte, NC (AP) - The Carolina Panthers held off the Green Bay Packers, even after a strong 4th quarter momentum surge for the Packers. An interception by Thomas Davis just after the 2 minute warning stopped the Packers from getting in the end zone, which allowed the Panthers to keep their 8-point lead.
Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the Carolina Panthers took an important step toward best record in the NFC once the playoffs arrive. Newton completed 15 of 30 passes for 297 yards and ran for 57 yards on nine carries in one of the better games of his five-year NFL career.
The Panthers (8-0) extended their regular-season win streak to 12 games and put themselves in terrific shape in the NFC standings, where every other team has at least two losses. The Panthers 8-0 record is a first in franchise history.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns and led a furious fourth-quarter comeback from 23 points down, but couldn't complete it. Linebacker Thomas Davis intercepted Rodgers on a fourth-and-goal pass at the Carolina 3 with 1:54 left.
The Packers (6-2) have lost back-to-back games after starting 6-0.