NFL

Cincinnati Bengals squeak past Packers 34-30

Andy Dalton (#14) and the Bengals outplayed a crafty Packers team. (©GettyImages)
Andy Dalton (#14) and the Bengals outplayed a crafty Packers team. (©GettyImages).

The Cincinnati Bengals moved to 2-1 on the season with a 34-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers despite the Packers offence moving the ball for 399 yards, turnovers were decisive  in the outcome. 

The Bengals opened the game with two rushing touchdowns from both of their running-backs. The first touchdown was scored by Giovanni Bernard and the second by BenJarvus Green-Ellis. At the end of the first quarter, the Bengals were leading 14-0.

The second quarter was dominated by the Packers. After a quick field goal in the opening seconds of the quarter, the Packers trailed 14-3.

The turning point for the Packers came with 11:22 left in the second quarter when BenJarvus Green-Ellis fumbled the ball for the Bengals.

The ball was recovered and returned for a touchdown by M.D. Jennings. The Packers were back in the game although still trailing 14-10. 

After two field goals by Mason Crosby, the Packers had a slim 16-14 lead headed into halftime.

The Packers began the second half the same way they ended the first. Running-back, Johnathan Franklin scored a touchdown to put the Packers ahead 23-14. Six minutes later, James Jones caught a seven yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers, which extended the Packers lead to 30-14. 

The Bengals were able to close out the third quarter with a 20 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Dalton to wide receiver, A.J. Green. The third quarter closed with the score 30-21.

The Bengals capitalised on Aaron Rodgers' second interception of the day by scoring a touchdown to bring the game to within three points for the first time since half-time. The touchdown was scored on an 11 yard pass from Andy Dalton to Marvin Jones.

The extra point after the touchdown was blocked by the Packers and so the Bengals still remained three points behind.

As the fourth quarter wore on things became intense on the field. After a play was reversed by a referee's calling in favour of the Bengals, the Packers were looking to put the game away.

Instead, they gave the game away after Johnathan Franklin fumbled the ball.

The ball was recovered by Reggie Nelson, who in turn fumbled the ball. Luckily for the Bengals, the ball was picked up by Terrance Newman who finished the job by sprinting into the end-zone.

This put away the game for the Bengals who hung on to win by a narrow 34-30 score.

This was the first game since 12th September 1999 that a team had given up 30 consecutive points and still managed to win. The last time around, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Washington Redskins after giving up 32 unanswered points.

The Bengals move into a tie with the Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North with a 2-1 record. The Packers fall to 1-2 on the season with the loss.

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Topics:
Cincinnati Bengals
Green Bay Packers
NFL

Article Comments

Trending

Read more

;