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(Sunday, September 20th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 31, Green Bay 24
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Chad Ochocinco caught a 13-yard go-ahead touchdown pass from Carson Palmer late in the third quarter and Cedric Benson rushed for 141 yards on 29 carries, as the Cincinnati Bengals held off the Green Bay Packers, 31-24, at Lambeau Field.
Palmer finished 15-of-23 for 185 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bengals (1-1), who were shocked by Denver 12-7 in their season opener.
Laveranues Coles and Chris Henry added touchdown catches, while Antwan Odom tied a Cincinnati club record with five sacks.
"I still think it's a dream," Odom said about his performance. "I'm wondering when I'm going to wake up. I was coming free on a lot of one-on-ones and getting to the quarterback."
Aaron Rodgers passed for 261 yards on 21-of-39 efficiency including a score for Green Bay (1-1), which was unable to build off a 21-15 win over Chicago in Week 1.
"I think adversity is always good for a team," Rodgers said. "We're going to have to respond promptly to this. We've got to go to St. Louis next week and get back win."
Ryan Grant had 14 rushes for 46 yards and a TD and Donald Driver had six grabs for 99 yards and a score in defeat. Charles Woodson had a huge game for the Packers defense, finishing with two interceptions, with one being returned for a score.
With the game tied at 21-21, the Bengals went in front with 1:09 remaining in the third quarter after Ochocinco's 13-yard touchdown grab capped a 12-play, 62-yard drive that took 7:07 off the game clock. He then made a successful "Lambeau Leap."
"It was fun," Ochocinco said about the "Lambeau Leap." "I had a little indecision on where to jump at first. I didn't want to disrespect their tradition."
A Shayne Graham 40-yard field goal with 1:56 left in the fourth quarter made it a 31-21 game.
Mason Crosby answered with a 45-yarder with 45 ticks remaining, then the Packers recovered the on-side kick at their own 43. With no timeouts remaining, Rodgers converted a 3rd-and-10 when he hit Jermichael Finley for 22 yards taking it to the Bengals 35.
After the signal-caller spiked the ball to stop the clock with 17 seconds left, he connected with Driver at the 10. The clock continued to run and the Packers were unable to get another play off before time expired according to head referee Ed Hochuli, although it appeared the Green Bay offense was guilty of a false start penalty that would have ended the game anyway with a 10 second runoff being implemented.
Palmer's five-yard touchdown pass to Coles near the midway point of the opening quarter capped a seven-play, 63-yard drive that put the Bengals ahead. However, Green Bay quickly responded when Rodgers hit Driver for a three-yard score in the front of the end zone to tie things at 7-7.
Woodson picked off Palmer on the first play of the Bengals next possession which led to a four-yard scoring run from Grant that gave the Pack a 14-7 edge with almost 2 1/2 minutes left in the first.
Cincinnati evened the game in the early stages of the second when Palmer banged in from a yard out to finish off a brief three-play, six-yard drive that was set up by a 60-yard punt return by Quan Cosby.
Woodson's 37-yard interception return for a touchdown at the midpoint of the second put Green Bay back in the lead. Henry then pulled in a five-yard TD catch in the back of the end zone with under 1 1/2 minutes left in the half to deadlock it. The game would remain 21-21 heading into the break after Crosby's field-goal attempt missed from 55 yards away.
Green Bay will visit St. Louis on September 27, while Cincinnati hosts Pittsburgh...Driver has now caught a pass in a club record 113 straight games...Packers offensive lineman Chad Clifton left with an ankle injury and did not return...Cincinnati leads the all-time series 6-5.
09/20 17:54:54 ET