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
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
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
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
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
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
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.