Bengals 31

(1-1, 1-0 away)

Packers 24

(1-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 20, 2009

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 7 14 7 331
GB 14 7 0 324

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 261 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Benson (CIN) - 29 CAR, 141 YDS

Receiving: D. Driver (GB) - 6 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

Bengals survive after Packers run out of time on 10-yard line

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Watching the clock about to tick down to 0:02, Aaron Rodgers took the snap, faked a spike and looked to the end zone.

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For a split second, it looked like the Cincinnati Bengals were about to blow their second last-minute lead in as many weeks -- and Rodgers was about to pull off his second late comeback of the season.

But the Bengals (1-1) were bailed out by a false-start penalty and barely salvaged a 31-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

"We didn't do enough to win the game last week and you get what you deserve," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "Today, we were able to make one or two more plays and win the football game and that's what counts. I think our football team understands that."

One week after a gut-wrenching last-minute loss to Denver on a deflected pass that went for a touchdown in their opener, the Bengals nearly outdid themselves by blowing a 10-point lead in the final minute Sunday.

Fast Facts

• Carson Palmer won for the first time since Week 17 of the 2007 season as he threw for 185 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

• Cedric Benson rushed for 141 yards, the second-highest game of his career and sixth 100-yard game of his career.

• Cincinnati won at Lambeau Field for the first time.

• Over the last two seasons, the Packers are 2-8 in games decided by seven points or less.

• Ryan Grant recorded his second rushing touchdown this season, leaving him halfway to last season's total of four.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The Packers (1-1) kicked a late field goal to cut the lead to a touchdown, then recovered an onside kick.

"The crowd cheered and I was like, 'Come on, now,'" linebacker Rey Maualuga said. "It was kind of deja vu all over again. But with the defense out there, everyone holding their ground, we did a great job."

Rodgers then marched the Packers to the Cincinnati 10-yard line with the clock running down, but Green Bay was called for the false start to end the game. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said officials told him the call was on wide receiver Greg Jennings.

"I was surprised by that, to say the least," McCarthy said.

The Bengals were cruising to a win until then, breaking a 21-all tie when Chad Ochocinco caught a 13-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer in the third quarter and delivered on his promise to perform a "Lambeau leap."

Ochocinco ran toward the stands and spotted a small group of fans in Bengals orange in the front row near the end zone, then leaped into them -- just like players from the home team do after they score.

Packed And Sacked

Aaron Rodgers struggled against the Bengals' pressure. He has already been sacked 10 times this season, including six by Cincinnati.

Rodgers Season Comparison
Season 2008 2009
Cmp percentage 63.6 56.7
Yards/Att 7.5 6.4
Sacks/Game 2.1 5.0
Passer Rating 93.8 87.0

"It was fun," Ochocinco said. "I had a little indecision on where to jump at first. I didn't want to disrespect their tradition, so I was asking as I went along the line. I saw some Bengals fans that said it was OK."

Defensive end Antwan Odom tied a single-game team mark with five sacks, four of which came after Packers left tackle Chad Clifton injured his ankle and was carted off early in the third quarter.

Pass protection also was an issue in the Packers' Week 1 victory over Chicago.

"He's a good player," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "But we've got to protect better, myself included."

Rodgers couldn't pull off another comeback after beating the Bears on a late touchdown pass to Jennings last Sunday. Rodgers was 21 of 39 for 261 yards and a touchdown and Jennings was held without a catch.

Cedric Benson rushed for 141 yards for the Bengals, and wondered afterward if the Packers came into Sunday's game overconfident.

"Maybe a little, but you can't blame them," Benson said. "They beat a very stout Bears team last week at home and I think they were feeling pretty good. But we're men on this side of the football as well."

Palmer was 15 of 23 for 185 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, both by Green Bay's Charles Woodson. Woodson returned one 37 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

But that was about the only highlight of a disappointing day for the Packers' defense.

"For whatever reason, it wasn't there," Woodson said. "We just couldn't get stops."

Palmer blamed himself for the interceptions, and said he had confidence in the defense in the final minute.

"I kind of felt like it couldn't happen again," Palmer said. "It wasn't a feeling of 'here we go again' at all. I know our defense is too good. They have too much pride and weren't going to let that happen again."

Game notes

Clifton hurt his ankle and was carted off the field on the Packers' first possession of the second half. McCarthy classified the injury as a sprain after the game. ... Already without injured starting safety Atari Bigby, the Packers lost Nick Collins to a shoulder injury in the second quarter after a collision with teammate Johnny Jolly.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1922
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5963
Total Yards319311
Yards per play5.44.9
Total Drives1212
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-42-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

cinTD8:35Laveranues Coles 5 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 63 yds, 4:22
gbTD3:28Donald Driver 3 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 5:08
gbTD2:26Ryan Grant 4 Yard Run (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 11 yds, 0:44
cinTD10:25Carson Palmer 1 Yard Run (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 6 yds, 1:04
gbTD7:56Charles Woodson 37 Yard Interception Return (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, -8 yds, 0:35
cinTD1:28Chris Henry 5 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 6:22
cinTD1:13Chad Ochocinco 13 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 62 yds, 6:56
cinFG2:00Shayne Graham 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yds, 0:42
gbFG0:49Mason Crosby 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 52 yds, 1:11