The Cincinnati Bengals didn't let this one slip away.
The Bengals nearly blew a 10-point in the final minute as the
Packers ran out of time at the 10-yard line and Cincinnati held on
for a 31-24 victory Sunday.
Trailing by 10, the Packers (1-1) kicked a late field goal and
recovered an onside kick. Aaron Rodgers marched them to the
Cincinnati 10-yard line, but Green Bay was called for a false start
to end the game.
Chad Ochocinco delivered on his promise to perform a "Lambeau
leap" when caught a 13-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer in the
Defensive end Antwan Odom tied a team high with five sacks and
Cedric Benson rushed for 141 yards for the Bengals (1-1), who
consistently poked holes in the Green Bay Packers' new 3-4 defense
as they rebounded from a last-minute loss to Denver in Week 1.
Three of Odom's five sacks came after Packers left tackle Chad
Clifton injured his ankle and was carted off early in the third
Rodgers couldn't pull off another comeback, one week after
beating the division rival Chicago Bears on a late touchdown pass
to Greg Jennings. Rodgers was 21 of 39 for 261 yards and a
touchdown and Jennings was held without a catch.
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.
Clifton hurt his ankle and was carted off the field on the
Packers' first possession of the second half, and things got worse
for the Packers when Ryan Grant fumbled after catching a pass in
Cincinnati marched to the Green Bay 11, where Palmer found
Ochocinco for a touchdown.
After waiting for officials to make it clear that a flag on the
field was against the defense, Ochocinco - who promised earlier in
the week to jump into the stands if he scored, just like home team
players do - jogged toward the stands and found a small pocket of
fans wearing orange in the front row, then leaped into them. The
Bengals led 28-21.
After their defense held the Packers on back-to-back
possessions, the Bengals' offense faced third-and-2 at their
42-yard line. Benson took the ball and was met immediately by a
series of Packers defenders - and promptly bounced off all of them,
rambling 14 yards for a first down.
Later faced with fourth-and-6 at the Green Bay 35, Bengals coach
Marvin Lewis chose to punt, giving the ball back to the Packers
with 4:02 left in the game. But Odum beat Daryn Colledge, who moved
to left tackle after Clifton's injury, for his fifth sack of the
game and forced the Packers to punt.
After a long punt return by Cincinnati's Quan Cosby, Shayne
Graham hit a 40-yard field goal to take a 31-21 lead with 1:56 left
in the game.
The Packers then drove for a 45-yard field goal by Mason Crosby
to cut the lead to 7 with 45 seconds left, and Green Bay's Tramon
Williams recovered an onside kick.
Rodgers hit long passes to Jermichael Finley and Donald Driver,
but the Packers had trouble getting set on the Cincinnati 10 as the
final seconds ticked off the clock.
Officials ruled that they got the snap off in time but called a
false start penalty that carried a 10-second clock runoff and ended