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Carrie Anderson

DeAngelo, Panthers Roll In Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - DeAngelo Williams scored his fourth

touchdown of the game with 1:30 left on the clock, giving the

Carolina Panthers a stunning come-from-behind 35-31 victory over

the Green Bay Packers in wintry conditions at Lambeau Field on

Sunday.

The Packers appeared headed for a comeback victory of their own

after breaking a 28-28 tie on Mason Crosby's 19-yard field goal

with 1:57 remaining. But Green Bay immediately gave up a 45-yard

kickoff return to Mark Jones and a 54-yard heave from Jake Delhomme

to Steve Smith to set up first-and-goal on the Green Bay 1.

Williams then went up the gut for his career-high fourth score

of the game, helping Carolina (9-3) keep pace in the competitive

NFC South.

And the loss could be crushing for the Packers (5-7), who will

fall two games out of the NFC North lead with four games left

unless division co-leaders Chicago and Minnesota play to a tie

Sunday night.

Green Bay's last-minute special teams and defensive breakdowns

ruined what could have been a signature win for first-year Packers

starter Aaron Rodgers. He led Green Bay back from a 21-10 halftime

deficit despite blustery wind, temperatures in the 30s and snow

showers, with the Packers poised to take the lead in the fourth

quarter.

And with the game tied at 28, Rodgers drove the Packers deep

into Panthers territory, then absorbed a jarring late hit out of

bounds by Carolina's Julius Peppers for a penalty. That set up

first-and-goal on the 7.

Green Bay's Brandon Jackson ran to the 1, but the Panthers

stuffed the Packers on two straight running plays. Packers coach

Mike McCarthy briefly considered going for it on fourth-and-goal,

but instead sent in Crosby to kick the field goal for the lead -

only to watch it all fall apart on two big plays.

Jones weaved through the Packers' kick coverage for 45 yards to

Carolina's 45. Delhomme then heaved a jump ball to Smith, who

brought it down as Packers defensive back Charles Woodson appeared

to slip.

After a replay review confirmed the spot of the ball, Williams

scored to win it.

Rodgers finished 29-of-45 for 298 yards with three touchdowns

and an interception, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Packers'

confounding last-minute mistakes.

Trailing 21-10 at halftime, Rodgers drove the Packers to a field

goal to open the half. He then put together an eight-play, 95-yard

drive ending with a touchdown pass to Donald Lee and 2-point

conversion pass to Greg Jennings to tie the game late in the third

quarter.

After a defensive stop by the Packers, Rodgers threw a 21-yard

dart to Jennings in the end zone, giving Green Bay a 28-21 lead

early in the fourth quarter.

But the Panthers tied the game on a 1-yard run by Williams after

a 36-yard completion from Delhomme to Smith on third-and-11.

Smith finished the game with 105 yards receiving - all in the

second half. Delhomme was 12-of-17 for 177 yards.

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