Before Sunday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had never beaten the Cincinnati Bengals or won an overtime game. After Sunday at Lambeau Field, Rodgers was able to cross both off his bucket list as the Packers rallied for a 27-24 overtime victory. The Packers fell behind 21-7 after Rodgers threw only his second career pick-six. In the second half, the defense held the Bengals to only three points. Jordy Nelson caught a pair of touchdowns, including the game-tying touchdown with 17 seconds left. In overtime, Mason Crosby nailed a 27 yard field goal to win the game.
Importance of Nelson
After injuring his quad in last Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Nelson was a big question mark as to if he would even play against the Bengals. But Nelson played and came through in a big way for the Packers. Nelson caught six passes for 52 yards and those two scores. What was most important about Nelson playing was it provided Rodgers with his reliable safety net. Those two have a chemistry that is unmatched in the league, and it showed up in a big way on Sunday.
Josh Jones makes presence known
With their second pick of the second round of last year’s NFL Draft, the Packers selected Josh Jones out of North Carolina State. Jones was a versatile defensive back that would help fill the void of the departure Micah Hyde. That void was completely filled on Sunday. Jones finished with a game high 12 tackles, which included two big sacks. The Packers were faced with many injuries to the secondary after last week. Jones’ play Sunday helped ease the pain.
Never doubt Aaron Rodgers
After throwing his second career pick six and trailing 21-7 at halftime, it would have been easy for Rodgers to throw in the towel. Add to that the fact that starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga tweaked his ankle again, forcing the Packers to be without both starting tackles once again. But the two-time MVP showed his magic once again. His game-tying touchdown to Jordy Nelson could not have been thrown into a tighter window. In overtime, Rodgers used his mastery of the hard count to not only jump the Bengals offside, but also to fire a strike to Geronimo Allison to set up the game-winning field goal. He is still the baddest man in the NFL.