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Carolina Panthers vs Green Bay Packers Pick & Prediction, Sat Dec 19 08:15 PM

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OPENNER
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CURRENT
-8 -110

+340
MONEYLINE
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16
SCORE
24

Aaron Rodgers threw for one touchdown and ran for another, Aaron Jones rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown and the Green Bay Packers held on for a 24-16 win over the visiting Carolina Panthers on Saturday night.

Rodgers completed 20 of 29 passes for 143 yards for Green Bay (11-3), which won its fourth game in a row. The Packers already had clinched the NFC North Division title and are competing for the top seed in the conference playoffs.

Teddy Bridgewater completed 21 of 35 passes for 258 yards and had a rushing touchdown for Carolina (4-10). D.J. Moore led the team with six catches for 131 yards, while Mike Davis paced the ground game with 14 carries for 59 yards.

Davante Adams' eight-game touchdown streak came to an end for the Packers. He finished tied for third in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (12 games, 1987) and A.J. Green (nine games, 2012).

Green Bay opened the scoring on its first possession. Rodgers connected with Robert Tonyan for a 1-yard touchdown, which capped off a seven-play, 81-yard drive that took only 3:43 off the clock.

The play marked Tonyan's 10th touchdown of the season and his fifth game in a row with a score. It has been a breakout season for the tight end, who made his debut for Green Bay in 2018 as a little-known, undrafted free agent from Indiana State.

Carolina pulled within 7-3 on a 36-yard field goal by Joey Slye with 5:57 left in the first quarter.

The Packers added two more touchdowns in the second quarter to grab a 21-3 lead at the half. Rodgers scored on a 6-yard run with 14:15 remaining in the second quarter, and Jones reached the end zone on an 8-yard run with 3:58 to go.

The Panthers cut the deficit to 21-10 with 5:15 left in the third quarter. Bridgewater kept the ball and sprinted up the middle for 13 yards and his career-best fifth rushing touchdown of the season.

Carolina made it a one-score game at 21-13 when Slye made a 22-yard field goal with 8:39 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Mason Crosby pushed Green Bay's lead to 24-13 with a 51-yard field goal with 3:39 to go.

Slye capped the scoring with a 33-yard field goal with 2:04 left.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Carolina Panthers
23
31
Green Bay Packers

Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers Recap DEC 19TH 2020

The Green Bay Packers entered Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers knowing it needed to slow down Christian McCaffrey while getting its own running game going.

Check and check.

Packers running back Aaron Jones rushed for three touchdowns and Jones and Jamaal Williams combined for 156 rushing yards as they beat the Panthers 24-16 at snowy Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday.

On its final possession, Carolina drove into scoring position with an 18-play, 88-yard drive. Quarterback Kyle Allen completed a fourth-and-10 pass to D.J. Moore for a gain of 12 to the 13. On second-and-goal from the 2 with 4 seconds left, Kyle Fackrell made contact with McCaffrey and Preston Smith stopped him just short of the goal line for the Packers (8-2). The ruling was upheld upon review.

McCaffrey, who entered the game leading the NFL in rushing yards per game, scrimmage yards, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns, rushed 20 times for 108 yards and had six catches for 33 yards but he never hurt the Packers with a game-changing play.

Allen threw for 307 yards and Moore had nine catches for 120 yards for Carolina (5-4).

Jones scored the Packers' first three touchdowns. The first was a 5-yarder that tied the game at 7. The second was a 1-yarder, set up by a fumbled snap by Carolina quarterback Kyle Allen, that put the Packers in front 14-10. The third was a 13-yarder to open the third quarter that made it 21-10. That capped the defining sequence of the game.

A defensive penalty gave Green Bay a first-and-goal at the 1 with 2 seconds left in the first half. Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur decided to go for the touchdown rather than the field goal but defensive tackle Gerald McCoy blasted Williams in the backfield.

Green Bay got the ball to start the second half and immediately faced a second-and-26. With momentum about to swing in the Panthers' direction, Aaron Rodgers hit wide-open receiver Davante Adams for a gain of 38. A 28-yard run by Jones set himself up for his third touchdown and 14th of the season, allowing him to briefly pass McCaffrey for the NFL lead.

McCaffrey tied Jones for the touchdown lead with a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Panthers coach Ron Rivera went for two but safety Adrian Amos broke up Allen's pass to tight end Greg Olsen, leaving the Panthers down 24-16.

Green Bay, which got seven receptions for 118 yards from Adams, enters a bye. Up next: a trip to San Francisco for a game that could loom large in the race for home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

--Field Level Media

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