‘Panthers vs. Bengals’ is a football game
“It was an ugly and disappointing end for us,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.
“I know there was a lot of disappointment for us, a lot for us as a fan base.
But we got to come back and see that we can do better.”
It was a football win for the Green Bay Packers and their season ended with a 28-28 tie.
The loss capped a miserable first half for the Packers, who entered the game ranked third in the NFC North and had not lost a game in nearly three months.
They were down by one point at halftime when cornerback Damarious Randall dropped a pass and cornerback Josh Robinson ran into the end zone, leaving him for a touchdown.
The Packers were down 14-10 with less than three minutes left in the first half when quarterback Aaron Rodgers picked up the first down and was sacked by safety Morgan Burnett.
After the Packers went on the field for the first time, the Bengals rallied from a 27-7 halftime deficit.
The Bengals went on to win 31-27.
On defense, the Packers had five players on the injury report.
“We didn’t do a good job of protecting the ball, and I think we didn’t have the protection to stop the run,” McCarthy said, pointing to a lack of pressure.
“It’s not like we were doing too many things right.”
The Bengals had five sacks and five interceptions.
They allowed more than 300 yards of total offense and averaged 6.1 yards per rush.
“They’re a good football team,” said Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who completed 19 of 30 passes for 206 yards.
“But they played poorly.
They played poorly in the last 10 minutes.
They’re a great football team.”
The Packers won the game on the strength of their defensive efforts, and the defense also had its way with the Bengals offense.
“The way we got into the second half, we got out of the way,” McCarthy acknowledged.
“You can see it in the film.
We got out and we ran the ball and they didn’t get the ball.
And we did get the football in the end, and we were able to get the touchdown.”
The teams met twice in the regular season, each time on the road.
This was the second meeting between the teams, and it was the third straight that Green Bay was down by 20 points.
The last time they met was in Week 1 of the 2011 season, when the Packers won 27-20 in overtime.
This time, Green Bay won 31-26.
The team said it would have won more if it had scored two touchdowns in the second quarter.
“If you can score a touchdown in the fourth quarter and the second overtime, we can win this game,” Packers quarterback Brett Hundley said.