Mike McCarthy not committing to Aaron Rodgers if Packers are eliminated


Mike McCarthy not committing to Aaron Rodgers if Packers are eliminated

Trailing 24-14, the Packers used a 12-play drive, which included a fourth-down conversion on Rodgers' keeper, for Mason Crosby's 28-yard field goal with 1:23 left in the third quarter.

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But he looked like the first tight end in National Football League history to have three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons Sunday against Green Bay, catching nine passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was visibly upset after injuring Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams on an illegal block Sunday.

He proceeded to throw a touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey.

But, the Packers didn't have Aaron Rodgers at the helm until today, when he made his triumphant return to the field after being sidelined with a broken collarbone he suffered in a Week 6 loss to the Vikigs.

After going 12 games without an interception, Panthers starting cornerbacks Bradberry and Daryl Worley both have interceptions in back-to-back games.

Adams was diagnosed with a concussion and has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Panthers, Rob Demovksy of ESPN.com reports.

The best the Packers can do - with or without Rodgers in the final two games, and that will have to be something coach Mike McCarthy at least considers - is finish 9-7 if they beat Minnesota on Saturday night at home and win at Detroit in Week 17. His sack of Cam Newton in the third quarter ended a drive.

Rodgers was intercepted three times, all on underthrown balls.

The first of Rodgers's trio of picks was the most understandable one. 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.

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