Obviously, that would have been a lot less impressive if he didn't back it up with a touchdown, but the Packers did get the last laugh, as they lead 14-10 at halftime. The Panthers got four touchdowns and zero turnovers from Cam Newton and 151 total yards rushing. Green Bay had recovered an onside kick and was driving for the game-tying score.
Despite a rusty quarterback and a struggling defense, the Packers had their chances in the closing stages of Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Muhammad Wilkerson staying home this weekend due to coach's decision
McCown signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Jets in the offseason and is scheduled to be a free agent this winter. Bowles also repeatedly declined to answer follow-up questions wondering why Wilkerson won't make the trip.
During the third quarter, Davis channeled his inner Steelers/Bengals and leveled Adams with an ugly helmet-to-helmet hit after an Aaron Rodgers interception. With the exception of his first touchdown pass, Rodgers made no throws that were distinctly him. And so the Packers needed fewer interceptions and more from its generational quarterback than his 287 yards and three touchdowns, surgically repaired shoulder or not.
Rodgers was intercepted by Daryl Worley on an underthrown second-quarter pass intended for Davante Adams.
The Packers were on the board on Rodgers' 13-yard, third-down pass to Adams on the final play of the first quarter.
- The return of Rodgers did little for Jordy Nelson, who finished with three catches for 28 yards.