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 for the playoffs with a 37-29 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
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.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns and led a furious fourth-quarter comeback from 23 points down, but couldn’t finish 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.
The Packers host the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Carolina Panthers 37, Green bay Packers 29
New England Patriots 27, Washington Redskins 10
Tennessee Titans 34, New Orleans Saints 28 (OT)
Buffalo Bills 33, Miami Dolphins 17
Minnesota Vikings 21, St. Louis Rams 18 (OT)
New York Jets 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 23
Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Oakland Raiders 35
New York Giants 32, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18
San Francisco 49ers 17, Atlanta Falcons 16
Indianapolis Colts 27, Denver Broncos 24
Philadelphia Eagles 33, Dallas Cowboys 27 (OT)
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes Radio Sports