Talent and experience prevailed. Packers fell behind 13-0, but always retained their poise. Panthers imploded with interceptions, fumbles and mistakes in coverage. Carolina had some great individual plays. But Packers were cohesive and confident and just too good. They beat the Panthers 30-23.
Carolina had enough moments, however, to keep fans coming back. Cam Newton threw three picks, but he also threw some pretty passes. As the game wound down, he stepped up to the Carolina 20 and hit Steve Smith in stride on the Green Bay 25. Not sure the Panthers have ever had a guy who could do that.
Newton made mistakes, forcing the ball to Steve Smith. But the gifts and the skills are all there. We'll see them, along with the mistakes, every week. Again he threw for more than 400 yards.