Rodgers, Packers beat Newton, Panthers 30-23

September 18, 2011 - 3:30 PM
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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) throws a pass under pressure from Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews (52) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw for 308 yards and two scores, while the Green Bay Packers withstood another 400-yard passing day from Carolina rookie Cam Newton to beat the Panthers 30-23 on Sunday.

A week after throwing for 422 yards, Newton topped himself by throwing for 432 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a 4-yard touchdown with 37 seconds left to bring Carolina (0-2) within seven, but the Packers (2-0) recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.

Rodgers found Greg Jennings for a 49-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to put the Packers ahead for good. Then, after Clay Matthews stopped Newton on a fourth-down run inside the 5, Rodgers found Jordy Nelson for an 84-yard touchdown to make it a two-possession game and help the Packers hang on.