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Packers hang on to beat Panthers 24-16

Green Bay moves to 11-3 on the season
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones runs past Carolina Panthers' Jeremy Chinn during the first half...
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones runs past Carolina Panthers' Jeremy Chinn during the first half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)(Morry Gash | AP)
Published: Dec. 19, 2020 at 8:40 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) - The Packers held a 21-3 lead at the half. Green Bay played an ugly second half only scoring three points, but the Packers found a way to win 24-16 over the Panthers.

The Packers forced the Panthers to go three-and-out on their first drive. Aaron Jones broke through for 46-yards on the ensuing drive.

The drive finished with Aaron Rodgers ran a fake and then slung it to Robert Tonyan for the first score of the game. He leads all tight ends in the NFL with 10. Tonyan is also just the third Packers’ tight end ever with 10 touchdown receptions in a single season.

Carolina made its way into Green Bay territory, but the Panthers settled for a Joey Slye 36-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3.

On the ensuing drive, Rodgers led the Packers down the field. He finished the drive rushing six-yards for his third rushing touchdown of the season.

The first turnover of the game came at the hand of the Packers’ defense. Teddy Bridgewater tried to sneak the ball into the end zone, but Krys Barnes knocked the ball loose. Kevin King recovered.

Green Bay capitalized. Aaron Jones scampered eight-yards for his 10th total touchdown of the season.

Aaron Rodgers finished the first half 13/19 for 99 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing, one passing). Aaron Jones rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Davante Adams had four catches for 35 yards. On defense, Preston Smith wrapped up a sack. Krys Barnes forced a fumble. Kevin King recovered a fumble.

Neither offense could get going in the second half, but the Panthers found the end zone with five minutes and 15 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. Bridgewater weaved his way 13-yards to cut the Packers’ lead to 11.

The Panthers continued to chip away at the Packers’ lead. Slye nailed a 22-yard field goal to make it 21-13. Mason Crosby would answer with a 51-yard field goal. Crosby is 16-for-16 on the year matching the best start of his career. Carolina drove down the field and kicked a field goal on first down. Sley split the uprights from 33-yards.

The Panthers had a chance to tie the game with 55 seconds left starting from their own 20, but the Packers defense hung on.

Rodgers finished the game 20/29 for 143 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing, one passing). He was sacked five times. Jones rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. The Packers’ defense played well. Adrian Amos, Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith all tallied a sack. Barnes forced a fumble. Kevin King recovered a fumble.

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