CINCINNATI—The Packers were on the verge of tucking the game comfortably into the win column. That’s when 13 minutes of seemingly inexplicable football rallied the Bengals to a 34-30 win at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.
“Today’s game is obviously a very tough loss. It was a game of peaks and valleys,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said following a loss that will make this a painful bye week for the coach and his team.
First, they’ll hurt from this.
After scoring 30 unanswered points to rally from a 14-0 deficit and take a 30-14 lead in the third quarter, the Bengals followed with 20 unanswered points to win the game.
This was a strange game. The Packers forced four turnovers and scored when safety
“Frustrating game. You feel like you gave this one away. I played poorly. The defense played well enough to win,” quarterback
Statistically, Rodgers had a rough day. His 64.5 passer rating is less than half of what it was the previous week when he threw for 480 yards. The Bengals held Rodgers to 244 yards passing and one touchdown. They intercepted him twice.
Frustration was such that following one stalled drive in the first half, the TV cameras caught Rodgers and McCarthy in a verbal exchange along the sideline.
“Any time you get into a situation that there’s change, rhythm, play calls, it’s frustrating. He was frustrated by it,” McCarthy said. “He’s competitive, man. That’s what I love about him. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”
“We’re both passionate about the game and competitive. We both want to win very badly. We talked about it and moved on,” Rodgers said.
The offense kicked into high gear in the third quarter, with rookie running back
Here’s how it all went bad:
Rodgers was intercepted by Leon Hall with 13:41 to play in the game. The Bengals then drove 95 yards for a touchdown that cut the Packers’ lead to 30-27.
The Packers responded with a long, time-consuming drive that faced a third-and-12 at the Bengals 41-yard line with 4:34 to play. Rodgers threw to
“I saw the ball come out. I should’ve made the tackle,” Rodgers said.
“It was an inches play. I felt we could convert. That’s why I called the play. When it works, it’s the players’ execution. When it doesn’t, it’s the play-caller,” McCarthy said. “It’s one of the most difficult games I’ve had to call in my time.”
Down four points, the Packers faced a long field but had 3:47 left on the clock. They moved to the Bengals 20, where they would face a fourth-and-five. Rodgers’ pass for
“It looked like we were going to blow the game open,” Rodgers said.
That’s when it all went bad.
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