Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals 9/22/13 NFL Score, Recap, News, And Notes
Final Score: Cincinnati Bengals 34, Green Bay Packers 30
THe Line: Cincinnati Bengals +3 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers met on Sunday September 22, 2013 in CIncinnati and what happened was one of the wilder NFL games in history. This game had everything, comebacks, turnovers, big plays, controversial calls; you name it.
What Happened: Few NFL games will be crazier than this one as it was loaded with turnovers and big plays for both teams. As seems to be the case in a lot of big games the officials nearly ruined it by guessing on a roughing the passer by the Bengals Reggie Nelson which the replay clearly shows it is his hands hitting Aaron Rodgers’ chest, not helmet to helmet. In the end it was a 34-30 outright win for the Cincinnati Bengals, at the same time it could go down as one of the classic games in the history of the NFL as no team in NFL history has ever led by 14, then trailed by 16 in the same game and then come back to win and that’s exactly what the Bengals did to the Packers in this one. In reality the Packers had a chance to kick a field goal to take a six point lead, instead they went for it on 4th down and a half of a yard and on that play they fumbled and it was returned for the game winning touchdown. Perhaps the Pack's ego got in their way of winning.
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Who were the Stars: For the Green Bay Packers the big star was Jordy Nelson who just seemed to catch everything thrown near him. As far as the rest of the Pack go we need to give credit to Sam Shields who did a great job on A.J. Green. For the Bengals is was the defensive line and while the unit was outstanding, Carlos Dunlap had a huge day. Terrance Newman had a big interception deep in Bengals territory and scored the winning touchdown.
Other Notables: Aaron Rodgers streak of not throwing two or more interceptions in a game ended. Jonathan Franklin was impressive in his debut for the Packers but it was his fumble which was returned for the game winning touchdown. Giovanni Bernard looks to now be the primary option for the Bengals at running back. Muhamed Sanu appears to be a playmaker in the number two receiver role for the Bengals with two huge catches.
The Goats: The Green Bay offensive line was flat out whooped by the Bengals defense which is the main reason the Packers didn’t take full advantage of all of the turnovers they were given. For the bengals kicker Mike Nugent had a bad day missing a long field goal badly, kicking a kickoff out of bounds, and having an extra point blocked.
Injuries: The Packers are the walking wounded as Jermichael Finley had his bell rung early and didn’t return. With Eddie Lacy already sidelined James Starks injured his knee and didn’t return to the game. Clay Mathews left the game with an injured hamstring and didn’t return.
Outlook: This was a signature win for the Bengals and next week they travel to Cleveland to take on their in state rivals the Browns who are coming off of their first win of the season. The Packers have a bye this week and with all of their injuries and with new players like Jonathan Franklin in the mix it will give him time to work more with the first team offense.