The Cincinnati Bengals were able to come out with a home victory against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. When all hope seemed lost for the Bengals, they were able to rally back from 16 points down and steal away a victory from the Packers to improve their record to 2-1.
In one of the most back and forth contests of the 2013 NFL season, the Bengals jumped out front early as they capped off their opening drive with a three-yard touchdown run by Giovani Bernard. On the following kickoff, Packers’ returner Jeremy Ross ran up 15 yards to catch the ball, only to have it go off his finger tips and watch the Bengals scoop and score.
The Bengals were up 14-0 before Aaron Rodgers was even able to take the field.
The second quarter was the complete opposite for the Bengals as the Packers were able to put 16 points on the board and take a 16-14 lead into halftime. Kicker Mason Crosby hit three field goals in the second quarter from 41 yards, 19 yards and a 26-yarder as time expired.
After halftime, the Packers appeared to get things straightened out and were eager to prove that the first quarter of the game was a fluke. After Rodgers hit James Jones on a seven-yard touchdown pass, the Packers were up 30-14.
Game over, right? The Packers appeared to be in control as the Bengals were struggling, but Andy Dalton connected on a 20-yard pass to A.J. Green, who had been held silent until the catch, to narrow the margin to nine points at the end of the third quarter.
They key play in the win for the Bengals came on a fourth-down play where the Packers elected not to kick the field goal to go up by six points but go for a first down. After a successful challenge by the Bengals, the Packers were left with a fourth-and-inches and put the ball and the game in the hands of rookie running back Johnathan Franklin. Jumping into defenders in attempt to squeeze through the line and gain the first down, Franklin lost the football and Terence Newman eventually scooped it up and ran 58 yards for what proved to be the game-winning score.
The contest was filled with turnovers as Rodgers threw his first two interception game in 40+ starts and the teams combined for eight turnovers.
The game actually marked the first time in NFL history that a team went on to win after being up 14+ points and then down 16+ points.
In a Week 4 bye week, the Packers have plenty of time to think about how they let this one slip away and the Bengals will take on divisional foe, Cleveland Browns, who picked up a surprising win against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.