Packers players are introduced before an NFL football game
against the Carolina Panthers.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Randall Cobb
got messy on his Lambeau Leap.
A fan spilled ketchup on the receiver's uniform during his
post-touchdown celebration in the second quarter of Green Bay's
38-17 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.
It was about the only stain on an otherwise flawless first half for
Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, Cobb torched the
Carolina secondary for 121 yards and a score on six catches and
Green Bay dominated after building a 28-3 lead at halftime.
The sure-tackling Packers (5-2) limited quarterback Cam Newton.
Green Bay scored on its first three series, and the 25-point lead at
halftime eliminated the threat of the Panthers' ground game.
Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb catches a
pass in front of Carolina Panthers'
Thomas Davis (58) during the second half.
Green Bay Packers' Jordy
Nelson (87) is congratulated by teammate Randall Cobb after
Nelson's touchdown catch during the first half.
Cobb said it might have been the team's
most complete performance of the season.
"It definitely was a great game for us offensively, being able to
put things together the way we did with the run, with the pass,
play-action," Cobb said. "So as long as we can continue to execute
the game plan and make plays, we're going to continue to have these
types of wins."
It even makes the ketchup bath worth it.
"I apologize to whoever's hot dog that was. It was fresh. I know
that because I had all of the ketchup on me," Cobb said.
Panthers' Luke Kuechly is confronted by back judge Steve Freeman
during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green
Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. Kuechly
was ejected from the game.
Newton, who had a career-high 17
carries last week, had 41 yards rushing on seven attempts. He passed
for 205 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown for Carolina (3-3-1).
"What I did wasn't good enough and I understand that," Newton said.
His Packers counterpart was masterful against the Carolina defense.
The 2011 MVP was 19 of 22 for 255 yards before leaving early in the
fourth quarter with the game well in hand.
"We had 21 first-quarter points ... which made them
one-dimensional," Rodgers said, "especially with the way that Cam
ran the ball last week."
It was Rodgers' sixth straight game without an interception, tying
Bart Starr for the franchise record set in 1964. Rodgers finished
Sunday with a quarterback rating of 154.5, and the Packers said he
was just the second player in NFL history with a rating of 150 or
more in two of the first seven games of the season.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers is much better than three seasons
ago. Rodgers thought he could do more.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera saw more than enough.
"It's a well-developed offense. They have great communication,"
Rivera said. "That's what Aaron Rodgers has developed with his
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrates a touchdown pass to
Davante Adams (17) during the second half.
The Packers scored on their first
series after Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson for a 59-yard
scoring strike and never looked back to win their fourth straight.
Eddie Lacy and James Starks each added rushing touchdowns in the
The Panthers finally got their first touchdown with 9:39 left in the
fourth quarter after Newton found receiver Kelvin Benjamin for a
Packers fans still celebrated with their team up by 28, belting out
a hearty chorus of the "Beer Barrel Polka" during the break.
Nearly everything went right for the Packers in the first half, when
nearly everything went wrong for the Panthers.
Carolina had pushed Green Bay back to third-and-12 on the Packers 28
on the first drive when the Panthers were whistled for two straight
neutral zone infractions. Rodgers scrambled for three yards on
third-and-2 before finding Nelson for the long touchdown pass.
Nelson got behind cornerback Antoine Cason, who then slipped. Safety
Roman Harper watched Nelson sidestep around him and jog all the way
into the end zone.
"It was an excellent read by Aaron," McCarthy said. "Big-play
production — that's how you win in this league."
Packers' Casey Hayward celebrates after intercepting a pass
during the second half.
Green Bay's next drive ended with Lacy
high-stepping into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown and a 14-0
lead with 5:53 left in the first quarter.
Carolina's frustration mounted as the deficit grew.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly was ejected late in the third quarter. Last
season's Defensive Player of the Year swung his arms and seemed
agitated as he was restrained from behind by back judge Steve
Freeman following a scramble for a fumble recovered by the Packers.
The linebacker calmed down when he turned around and saw the
official, who threw a flag with about two minutes left in the
quarter. Kuechly said he didn't mean to do it.
NOTES: Carolina WR Philly Brown left in the second half with
a concussion. ... Backup QB Derek Anderson connected with WR Brenton
Bersin for a 1-yard TD pass late with 1:24 in the fourth quarter.
... For the Packers, Starks left the game with a left ankle injury,
while CB Davon House left with a finger injury. ... Lacy finished
with 63 yards on 12 carries.
Tannehill leads Dolphins past Bears 27-14
CHICAGO — Brandon Marshall said it over
and over again, more than a dozen times in all. The loss to Miami,
Chicago's home record, the Bears' sputtering start to the season —
all unacceptable to the Pro Bowl wide receiver.
The Bears showed more fight in the postgame locker room than they
did on the field during a 27-14 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. Matt
Forte scored two second-half touchdowns, but Chicago's rally fizzled
in the fourth quarter as its winless start at home reached three
"It's unacceptable. We're 3-4. It's halfways into the season,"
Marshall said. "It's unacceptable. Want me to say it again?
Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) tackles Chicago Bears
quarterback Jay Cutler (6) during the second half of an NFL
football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in Chicago.
The Bears had just 224 yards of offense in their
fifth loss in their last seven games at Soldier Field, dating to
last year. Jeremiah Ratliff had a career-best 3 1/2 sacks, but
Chicago was unable to stop Ryan Tannehill in an efficient
performance for the third-year quarterback.
"This was a very, very disappointing loss to our football team,"
coach Marc Trestman said.
That frustration was evident in the postgame locker room, where
there was some sort of shouting match before the media were allowed
into the room. It was unclear who was involved, but the raised
voices could be heard in the concrete corridors of Chicago's
"Disappointed, and I'm pretty sure everyone in the locker room is,"
Jay Cutler threw an interception and lost a fumble as Chicago (3-4)
dropped to 0-4 when he throws at least one pick. He was 21 for 34
for 190 yards after he threw for 381 yards in last Sunday's 27-13
victory at Atlanta.
Tannehill connected on his first 14 passes and was 25 of 32 overall,
helping Miami bounce back from a brutal 27-24 loss to Green Bay. It
looked as if the Dolphins were on their way to a big win over the
Packers before Aaron Rodgers threw a 4-yard touchdown pass in the
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) talks to Chicago Bears
wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) after their NFL football
Tannehill finished with 277 yards and two touchdowns
through the air, to go along with 48 yards on six carries.
"We were making plays on offense. I think the guys were getting
open, and we were able to hit them," he said. "That's the name of
the game is to have protection, the guys get open and me make the
throw. We were able to put it together today as an offense."
Lamar Miller also had a 2-yard touchdown run for the Dolphins (3-3),
who had lost three of four since an opening victory over New
The Bears trailed 14-0 before Cutler passed to a wide-open Forte for
a 10-yard touchdown on their first possession of the second half.
Miami responded with a 13-play, 81-yard drive that ended with
Miller's fourth rushing touchdown in the last three games. Tannehill
set up the key score with a 30-yard run on fourth-and-1.
Forte added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth, but that was it
for the Bears. Cameron Wake had a strip sack and fumble recovery,
and Caleb Sturgis kicked two field goals to help the Dolphins put it
"Coming off a really tough loss last week, we had to turn the page,"
Wake said. "We had a great week of practice, great week of
preparation, I think the confidence just ran the locker room as a
Miami got off to an inauspicious start when Tannehill was sacked by
Ratliff on its first play from scrimmage. But the Dolphins quickly
made up for lost time.
Tannehill threw for 176 yards in the first half, picking apart
Chicago's defense with ease. He found tight end Charles Clay for
13-yard score, and then had a 10-yard TD pass to Mike Wallace in the
back of the end zone.
Meanwhile, the Bears looked listless and out of sorts. Linebacker
Shea McClellin, back after being sidelined since Week 2 by a hand
injury, slipped in coverage on Clay's TD, and the offense was hurt
by curious play calling and Cutler's seventh interception.
NOTES: The Bears lost rookie CB Kyle Fuller to a hip injury
in the third quarter. He was first announced as questionable to
return, but the Bears announced in the fourth that he would miss the
rest of the game. ... Miami improved to 4-1 at Chicago. The Dolphins
also won in their previous trip to Soldier Field, 31-13 on Nov. 5,