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

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.

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.
Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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