Aaron Rodgers burned another defence deep with a free play. The Cincinnati Bengals found their offence and a new way to lose.
Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6:26 left in overtime set up by Rodgers’ 72-yard pass to Geronimo Allison, and the Green Bay Packers rallied to beat Cincinnati 27-24 on Sunday.
Wow… Aaron Rodgers. Unreal! Packers win in OT for (shockingly) Rodgers’ first ever overtime win! Previously 0-7… now 1-7 all-time.
Crosby’s kick completed the Packers’ comeback from a 21-7 halftime deficit.
On third-and-10 from his 21, Rodgers took advantage of yet another free play after defensive end Michael Johnson was whistled for offside. Officials let the play continue and the two-time NFL MVP found Allison on about a 40-yard pass before the receiver beat a couple defenders for more yards.
“Luckily I put it in a good spot and G-Mo did the rest,” Rodgers said.
Crosby, a veteran kicker, finished it off for the Packers (2-1).
Bengals crumble under pressure
The winless Bengals (0-3) won the toss in overtime but went three-and-out on their opening drive. It was so loud at Lambeau Field that they had to call timeout before their first overtime snap.
Rodgers thrived under the pressure.
He connected with Jordy Nelson for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 24. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick narrowly missed batting away the bullet thrown by the quarterback into the front right corner of the end zone.
“We rushed the quarterback, keeping him in. We did a lot, but when we broke down, [Rodgers] made plays,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said.
Rodgers finished 28 of 42 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and one score. Allison had six catches for 122 yards.
“I thought Aaron played one of his best games,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “I thought he was tremendous today.”
Packers flip script
The Packers flipped the script at halftime after the Bengals controlled the first half.
A.J. Green caught a 10-yard scoring pass on the game’s opening drive for Cincinnati’s first touchdown after two frustrating weeks for the offense. Bill Lazor made his debut as offensive coordinator for the fired Ken Zampese.
Andy Dalton was 21 of 27 for 212 yards and two scores. The Bengals were desperate to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2008. But they couldn’t finish the Packers off in the second half.