In fact, the Packers had lost seven straight OT losses. Yes, Aaron Rodgers had never won an overtime game – unimaginably, the worst of all time.
All that came to an end today when Rodgers led the Packers to two scores (a touchdown and field goal) in their final two possessions, to pull out an improbable 27-24 win over the winless, but scrappy Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field.
It was also the first time in his career Rodgers had defeated the Bengals, having beaten every other team in the league.
This was an ugly win with a capital U.
The Packers could only muster 74 yards of offense in the first half, 30 minutes of Packers football that included five sacks of Rodgers and rare pick-six of the Packers QB.
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Actually, we all know it was the second pick-six against Rodgers this season with the first coming against Seattle in the season opener. That one didn’t count. The one today did and it put the Bengals up 21-7 over the Packers midway through the second quarter.
The Packers roared back and scored when Rodgers passed to a wide open Lance Kendricks in the right side of the end zone to tie the game at 7-7.
The Bengals scored the next 14 points, the first touchdown coming from an Andy Dalton pass to Giovani Bernard and the second coming when William Jackson intercepted Aaron Rodgers and took it untouched for the 75-yard score.
Green Bay notched the only score of the third quarter when they cashed in on a Rodgers-to-Nelson connection to narrow the Bengals lead to 21-14.
In the fourth quarter the Packers got a Mason Crosby field goal to cut the lead again to 21-17, countered by a Bengals field goal to stretch their lead to 24-17.
But that was it for the Bengals.
Rodgers led the Packers down the field with fewer than 3 minutes left in the game and capped it with a beautiful corner dart that Nelson pulled in to pull the game to within one point. Mason Crosby’s conversion tied the game that sent it to OT.
Cincinnati won the coin toss, took the ball first and was promptly stopped by a revitalized Packers defense and were forced to punt.
Enter Aaron Rodgers who, on a free play after the Bengals jumped, passed 72 yards to a wide open Geronimo Allison who took the ball down inside the 10 yard line.,
Mason Crosby then kicked the game-winning field goal.
Rodgers finished with 28 completions in 42 attempts for 313 yards (66.7 percent), three touchdowns, and one interception.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton had his best outing of the year, completing 21-of-27 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. His QB rating of 124.1 bested Rogers’ 102.6
But it was Rodgers, who was on the run all day behind a makeshift offensive line, whose heroics at the end came at just the right time.
The Packers raised their record to 2-1, while the Bengals fell to 0-3.