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Packers lose in a turnover-filled game, fall to 1-2

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The Green Bay Packers limped into their bye week at 1-and-2, after losing at Cincinnati 34-to-30 yesterday. Three Green Bay starters left the game with injuries. Linebacker Clay Matthews pulled a hamstring in a game for the fifth season. Tight end Jermichael Finley left with a concussion, and running back James Starks had a knee injury. Terence Newman scored the game-winning touchdown for the Bengals, returning a fumble 58 yards with 3:47 left. That was after Green Bay overcame a 14-nothing deficit -- the first time since 2005 they were down by 14-or-more in the first quarter. The Pack then scored 30 unanswered points before Cincy came back with a pair of scores. Johnathan Franklin ran for 103 yards and a touchdown in his first N-F-L game before he got hurt, leaving the Packers without any running backs late in the contest. Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions, ending an N-F-L-record 41-game regular season streak with one-or-no picks. The Packers and Bengals committed four turnovers each -- and both teams had a fumble recovery for a touchdown. M-D Jennings gave their Packers theirs.

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 Rodgers completed 26-of-43 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown. The Packers outgained Cincy 399-to-297. Jordy Nelson was the Pack's leading receiver with eight catches for 93 yards. Andy Dalton threw for 235 yards and two scores for Cincinnati, which improved to 2-and-1. Both he and Rodgers were sacked four times. The Packers showed again that they don't often play very well in close games. In Mike McCarthy's seven-plus seasons, the Packers are just 9-and-20 in games decided by four points or less. Rodgers is 6-and-18 in those contests. The Packers' next game is on October sixth against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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