=== Bengals down Packers on late defensive score ===
 
 Cincinnati,  OH  (Sports Network) - Terence  Newman returned a fumble 58 yards
 for the go-ahead touchdown with 3:47 remaining and the Cincinnati defense came
 up with one more stop of Aaron Rodgers, as the Bengals rallied for a 34-30 win
 over the Green Bay Packers in a wild affair at Paul Brown Stadium.
 
 The  Bengals stormed  out to  a 14-0  lead before  four consecutive  turnovers
 allowed  the  Packers to battle back.  Green Bay eventually scored 30 straight
 points before  Cincinnati came  back with  the last  20, including  13 in  the
 fourth quarter to win it.
 
 Green Bay was clinging to a 30-27 lead with less than five minutes to play and
 appeared  to pick  up a  first  down on  3rd-and-12  at the  Cincinnati 29.  A
 successful  Bengals challenge  pushed the ball back just shy of the marker and
 the Packers elected to go for the first down.
 
 Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin, however, was stripped of the ball just
 as he reached the line of scrimmage. Reggie Nelson initially picked it up, but
 had  it  knocked away by Green  Bay receiver Randall Cobb. Newman, though, was
 right there to scoop it up and he raced untouched to the end zone.
 
 "That  was a big  play -- especially when we created the fumble," said Bengals
 head coach Marvin Lewis. "It was a good, alert play by Terence to return it. I
 guess we all ended up even in the return game today."
 
 Rodgers  marched the Packers right into Cincinnati territory with a first down
 at  the 25, but a 3rd-and-5 pass was knocked down at the line of scrimmage and
 his  fourth-down attempt  was also tipped at the line and fell incomplete with
 1:21 remaining to seal the contest.
 
 Rodgers  completed 26-of-43  passes for 244 yards with a pair of interceptions
 and a touchdown for the Packers (1-2), who will head to an early bye next week
 with losses in each of their two road games to start the season.
 
 Franklin was pushed into service when James Starks left with a knee injury and
 he  responded  with 103 yards  on 13 carries.  The one fumble, however, proved
 costly.
 
 Andy Dalton threw for 235 yards on 20-of-28 passing with two touchdowns and an
 interception  for Cincinnati (2-1), which has won two straight at home after a
 season-opening loss at Chicago.
 
 "We're  a  good football team. If  we want to be  a good team, we have to beat
 good teams. That's how you end up being a great team," Lewis added. "If we can
 keep  improving in  the critical areas of  the game, we'll be alright. We have
 good players here too and they showed up today."
 
 The  Bengals scored 14 points before the Green Bay offense took the field. Gio
 Bernard capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive to start the game with a diving 3-yard
 touchdown  run and  the Bengals got the  ball back when Jeremy Ross muffed the
 ensuing  kickoff. BenJarvus Green-Ellis then plowed into the end zone from the
 two on the next play to make it 14-0.
 
 Cincinnati,  though, turned the ball over on four straight possessions -- in a
 span of just nine offensive plays -- to give Green Bay life.
 
 Sam  Shields came up with an interception in Cincinnati territory in the final
 minute of the first quarter and Mason Crosby connected on a 41-yard field goal
 on the first play of the second to put the Packers on the board.
 
 Jermaine  Gresham then  fumbled after  a reception  just two  plays after  the
 kickoff,  but  the Packers  were unable to  convert thanks to  a penalty and a
 sack.
 
 Green-Ellis  coughed  up the ball three  plays into the next Cincinnati series
 and  M.D.  Jennings returned  it 24  yards to the  end zone  to pull Green Bay
 within 14-10.
 
 It  didn't take long  for the Bengals to give it up again, as Dalton escaped a
 sack  for a  moment on third down and  lost the ball when Clay Matthews got to
 him.  The  Cincinnati defense, though, limited  the damage to a 19-yard Crosby
 field goal.
 
 The  Bengals were able to hold onto the ball with their next possession, but a
 punt  after a three-and-out  led to a Green Bay scoring march. The 70-yard set
 bogged  down inside the 10 and Crosby banged home a 26-yard field goal as time
 expired to send the Packers to the break with a 16-14 edge.
 
 "Today was obviously a very tough loss for our football team. I thought it was
 definitely  a game  of peaks and valleys,  a lot of moments of adversity going
 through  the start of the game and getting down 14-0," said Packers head coach
 Mike  McCarthy.  "The way our  defense responded, I  really felt it picked our
 football  team up  generating takeaways, being able to come into halftime with
 the lead."
 
 Green  Bay also  got  the ball  to  start  the second  half  and extended  its
 advantage  with  the help of  a questionable Cincinnati penalty. Rodgers threw
 incomplete  on third  down,  but Nelson  was called  for  roughing the  passer
 despite  replays appearing to show no severe contact, and the drive continued.
 Franklin  soon after scored  from two yards away to cap the 80-yard trek for a
 23-14 lead.
 
 Franklin  keyed the next Green Bay series with a 51-yard run and Rodgers added
 a 30-yard strike to Jordy Nelson, who made a nice catch along the sideline, to
 set  up a 7-yard scoring toss to James Jones. The 92-yard drive took just five
 plays and made it 30-14.
 
 Cincinnati's  offense finally  came back to life on the next series, as Dalton
 hit  A.J. Green with  a 20-yard TD pass to finish a 65-yard drive in just four
 plays.
 
 The  Bengals  got the  ball back  quickly when Newman  picked off Rodgers near
 midfield,  but came up  empty when Mike Nugent missed a 52-yard field goal try
 in the final minute of the third period.
 
 Rodgers  marched  Green Bay inside  the Cincinnati  30, but was intercepted by
 Leon  Hall  and the  Bengals marched 95  yards the other  way for a touchdown.
 Bernard  took  a swing  pass 31 yards  to start the  seven-play set and Dalton
 capped it with an 11-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones, but the Packers blocked the
 extra point to keep it 30-27 with 10:55 remaining.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Rodgers was last intercepted more than once in a game on Oct. 24, 2010, ending
 an  NFL-record string  of 41 straight games without multiple picks ... Packers
 tight  end  Jermichael Finley  suffered  a  concussion  on Green  Bay's  first
 offensive  series  and sat out the  remainder of the contest ... Matthews also
 suffered a hamstring injury and did not play in the second half ... Starks had
 55  yards on 14  carries before leaving and the Packers racked up 182 yards on
 the ground ... The Bengals visit Cleveland next Sunday.
 
 
 
 09/22 18:57:55 ET