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Bengals score on fumble, beat Packers 34-30

BY RAY ROBINSON | 9/24/2013, 11:10 a.m.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) dives into the end zone past Green Bay Packers free safety M.D. Jennings (43) for a 3-yard touchdown run in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

With just 3:47 left in the fourth quarter, Bengals cornerback Terence Newman returned a fumble 58 yards for a touchdown and the win over the Green Bay Packers, 34-30, on a play that may have been draw up by the three stooges.

The touchdown play actually started with the Packers attempting to go for it on fourth and 1 from the Bengals’ 30 yard line. Jonathan Franklin, a rookie running back for the Packers, fumbled the ball at the line of scrimmage and Bengals safety Reggie Nelson scooped it up and started running.

Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers got a good grip on the ball and stripped it from Nelson. Newman was able to get his hands on the ball, going the distance for the score.

Up until that point, the game was marred with turnovers, with both teams coughing the ball up four times each. Both teams were also able to score on a fumble recovery. M.D. Jennings ran one back for a touchdown for the Packers, while Newman did the same for the Bengals.

The Packers were being very aggressive, and still trying to score with just 1:21 left in the game, when Rodgers had his pass knocked down by Michael Johnson at the Cincinnati 20, ending all hope of a Packers victory.

There were several lead changes in the game, with the Bengals blowing a 14- point lead in the first half and the Packers losing their grip on a 16-point lead in the second half. The Packers racked up 30 consecutive points and still came away losers.

It was a tough day for Rodgers, as he was sacked four times and threw two picks. He finished up going 26 of 42 for 244 yards and 1 touchdown, to go along with the two interceptions.

Andy Dalton went 20 of 28 for 235 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

It was a fantastic week for the Bengals as they downed the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-10, on Monday Night football and then took care of their business with the Packers a few days later.

The Bengals advance their record to 2-1, with both of their wins coming at home in Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals are tied for 1st place in the division with the Baltimore Ravens. The Packers’ record dips to 1-2.

The Bengals travel to FirstEnergy Stadium this Sunday to take on the Cleveland Browns. Game time is 1:00 p.m.