Like old times: Aaron Rodgers strikes early in his return from collarbone

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It took Aaron Rodgers just two possessions to throw his first touchdown pass in his return.

In his first game action in two months since he broke his collarbone, the Green Bay Packers quarterback hit Davante Adams for a 13-yard touchdown on the final play of the first quarter Sunday at Carolina to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive. It tied the game at 7-7.

Rodgers had thrown 13 touchdown passes -- most in the NFL -- before he broke his right clavicle on Oct. 15 at Minnesota.

The Packers cleared Rodgers to return on Tuesday and officially added him to the roster on Saturday after he spent eight weeks on injured reserve.

Rodgers came out firing right away, hitting Adams for a 12-yard gain on a slant to open the game. However, the first drive stalled, and the Packers had to punt.

On the second drive, Rodgers scrambled three times -- twice more than he did in his entire first game back from a broken left collarbone in 2013 -- for 16 yards. He slid on the first play and then was tackled by safety Jairus Byrd on the third.

Rodgers’ first touchdown of the game was his fifth of the season to Adams, who also had five from Brett Hundley during Rodgers’ absence.