Packers stop Panthers at goal line on final play to seal win

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GREEN BAY, Wis. —  A week after their no-show on the West Coast, the Green Bay Packers outlasted the Carolina Panthers back in their chilly, snowy confines of the Midwest.

If their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers was a wake-up call seven days earlier, the Packers appeared plenty inspired Sunday. They took charge in the second half and survived a last-ditch Carolina drive, stopping Christian McCaffrey at the goal line on the game’s final play to beat the Panthers 24-16.

The Packers won behind a solid run game and a defense that gave up yards but kept the Panthers in check in the clutch.

With the win, the Packers enter their Week 11 bye at 8-2 in their first season under Matt LaFleur. The victory, combined with the New Orleans Saints’ stunning home loss to the Atlanta Falcons, also leapfrogged the Packers into the NFC’s second seed.

After their bye, they will travel to the top-seeded San Francisco 49ers for a Nov. 24 showdown.

Here are five observations:

Two is better than one

McCaffrey, one of the NFL’s top running backs, did his thing against the Packers’ defense, rushing for 108 yards and a touchdown. Nobody…

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