Not even Aaron Rodgers could save the Green Bay Packers this time.
Facing a Super Bowl-caliber defense on the road and clearly rusty after two months away, Rodgers tossed three interceptions, throwing for 290 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Rodgers couldn’t quite drag the Packers back from the brink, despite mounting a late drive that had all the hallmarks of a vintage Rodgers comeback.
In the end, it was out of his hands.
And Geronimo Allison’s.
Rodgers was revving up a game-tying touchdown drive after the Packers recovered an onside kick and appeared to have a first down in Panthers territory on a throw to Allison. Not quite. Panthers cornerback James Bradberry punched the ball away as Allison turned up field, dealing the Packers a backbreaking loss and very likely slamming the door on their faint playoff hopes.
Some Packers fans will point out that the Packers aren’t quite eliminated from playoff contention just yet. And it’s true, a complex alchemy of Packers wins and multiple losses by NFC contenders would produce a playoff berth.
Here’s a full recap of Sunday’s game (Story | Photos):
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