For the second straight Monday, the Green Bay Packers have to spend a painful day watching film of a loss to an undefeated team on the road. Unlike last week, which featured virtually no positives anywhere on the field, the Packers' offense has a few sustained and successful drives to review and hopefully build from.
The defense, on the other hand, needs to go back to the drawing board after the secondary had a largely abysmal day against the Panthers' largely mediocre group of receivers. Rookie Damarious Randall provided one of the few sparks, and even that came on the heels of a poor showing early in the game.
However, we may have seen the first signs of another rookie's emergence on Sunday as the Packers continue to search for a player who can line up next to Clay Matthews.
Tough to take coming up 'one play short' | Packers.com
That's the company line, spoken by T.J. Lang after the game. After both defense and offense were ineffective for three quarters, they both did enough to have a chance to redeem themselves, only to fall short on a final opportunity inside the five-yard line.
Aaron Rodgers disappointed with his performance | JSOnline.com
While the question going into the game was along the lines of "what will re-start the Packers' offense?", the big one now is "what scared Rodgers on that fourth and goal?"
Aaron Rodgers destroys the official tablet computer of the NFL - SBNation.com
Julius Peppers, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, B.J. Raji of Green Bay Packers involved in sideline altercation
This was one of the more bizarre scenes from Sunday afternoon, as a second-year player and a future Hall of Famer had to be separated on the sideline. According to all parties, there are no lingering bad feelings, however.
Chips Report from Packers 37-29 loss to the Panthers | 247sports.com
Look for a lot more of Jake Ryan moving forward after he replaced Nate Palmer midway through the game and largely played well in relief.
GB-CAR Grades: Newton rises when needed, Packers falter | Pro Football Focus
The main points here: the secondary played like crap, Starks >>>> Lacy, and Jake Ryan performed well, as mentioned above.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn's decision to kick a FG was so dumb, making it hurt their win probability - SBNation.com
If there was any doubt about whether the Falcons were right to kick that field goal late in their game against the 49ers, this can put it to rest.