However, Aaron Rodgers led the team to overtime thanks to his 313 yards passing and three touchdowns. But as impressive as Cincinnati's rookies played, they each made critical mistakes with the game in the balance.
The drive marked one one of the few times all afternoon that the Bengals pass rush wasn't able to make life miserable for the Packers quarterback.
There were several other instances of Romo getting on Dalton, including when he joked that it was like Rodgers and Dalton had switched bodies, which was meant to be an indictment on Rodgers' play throughout the game. The Packers (2-1) rallied from a 21-7 deficit despite not having starting left tackle David Bakhtiari and receiver Randall Cobb, both of whom were inactive, and then losing right tackle Bryan Bulaga. The Bengals have never finished with a winning record after losing their first three games. Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga has joined Nelson on the practice field in each of the last two days as he works his way back from an ankle sprain that has sidelined him since August 23.
"You always dream about stuff like that but it never happens, so it was real insane", Bears running back Jordan Howard said following his 19-yard TD to beat Pittsburgh in overtime. "I kind of baited him". He also threw one interception, which was returned for a touchdown for just the second time in his career. This kid's fantastic.' He's got a great attitude. At kickoff the temperature was 89 degrees. "Any opportunities that I get blessed with, just try to make the a lot of them". "We're just, like I mentioned, staying strong".
"I was first looking to make sure we got them offsides", Rodgers said. And you should watch it - even though it's the third consecutive year Green Bay is hosting Chicago on a Thursday night and the 12th straight season the NFC North divisional foes square off in a prime-time contest - because the Packers have become dramatically (perhaps unnecessarily) exciting. You've got to treat it like it was when you were young. "I thought he had a heck of a game". But there were too many minus plays for Mixon because he had plenty of big ones and added three catches for 39 yards.
GREEN BAY, Wis. _ Aaron Rodgers had the final Sunday when he beat Cover Two in overtime and found wide receiver Geronimo Allison behind the defense for a 72-yard killer that set up Mason Crosby's 27-yard field goal with 6:11 left in OT in the Packers' 27-24 win over the Bengals at Lambeau Field. They better keep implementing defensive packages to keep Josh Jones on the field in that hybrid safety/linebacker role.
Cincinnati won the overtime toss and received but Blake Martinez fired up the defense by shooting a gap and dropping Mixon for a loss of 2 on first down.
A personal favorite of mine from last year's draft, Jones looks like a player who can become a key component of the Packers' new defensive nucleus. "Fans come to National Football League games to watch great competition on the playing field and that's where our focus should be".