Aaron Rodgers threw for 290 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss, his first game with three interceptions since 2009.
It may have been Newton's best performance of the season, particularly with the outside noise and what was at stake in terms of the playoffs. It tied the game at 7-7. The Vikings are looking to lock up a first-round bye and will have everything to play for. He looked back to his elite-receiving form against the Packers, as he led the Panthers with nine catches and 116 yards, along with hauling in his first touchdown of the year.
Mason Crosby's 28-yard field goal reduced Green Bay's deficit to seven points before Byrd caught another touchdown pass from Newton early in the fourth quarter.
A win by Atlanta Monday night will officially eliminate the Packers from the playoffs. Rodgers, who missed the past eight weeks with a broken collarbone, was less effective.More news: Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers
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McCaffrey hasn't consistently hasn't had the impressive statistics many expected when the Panthers selected him with the eighth pick of the draft.
The guy who had made a career out of taking care of the ball (75 interceptions in 148 career games) was very generous against the Panthers, throwing three picks as part of a 26-of-45 day. McCaffrey now has 73 receptions for 592 yards and five touchdowns, including a 7-yard scoring strike to open the scoring in Sunday's game. He also contributed 58 yards rushing, second on the team behind RB Christian McCaffrey's 63 yards.
But Panthers head coach Ron Rivera wasn't buying it.
Pair that with a defense ranked fifth in the league, one that finally is getting interceptions that it couldn't buy through the first 12 games, and the Panthers could be a serious threat in the NFC. Newton had very few high stress throws Sunday.