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Packers increase lead to 30-21 after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 22, 2013 – 2:31 pm

Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan FranklinCINCINNATI–The Packers offense came to life in the third quarter and the visitors held a 30-21 lead over the Bengals after three quarters of Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Packers began the second half with Johnathan Franklin at running back, as James Starks sustained a knee injury in the second quarter. A roughing-the-passer penalty on the Bengals sustained a drive on the Packers’ first possession of the half. Franklin was a major player in the drive and on second-and-goal at the Bengals 2-yard line, Franklin skirted left end for a touchdown. Green Bay led, 23-14.

Franklin exploded for a 51-yard run on the Packers’ next possession. Aaron Rodgers followed that play with a 30-yard pass to Jordy Nelson and Green Bay was first-and-goal at the 3-yard line. Two plays later, Rodgers flipped a 7-yard touchdown pass to James Jones. Green Bay led, 30-14, a run of 30 unanswered points by the Packers.

Just when it appeared the Bengals were dead, they came to life with a long, quick touchdown drive. Andy Dalton found A.J. Green open down the right sideline for a 20-yard touchdown completion. Green had beaten Sam Shields, who has been shadowing Green. The Packers’ lead was cut to 30-21.

Rodgers followed by pitching an interception to Terence Newman at the Green Bay 46-yard line, and the Bengals were back in business with three minutes to play in the third quarter.

A big play in the drive was third-and-six at the Packers 31. Dalton was sacked by Mike Daniels. That left Mike Nugent to attempt a 52-yard field goal. Nugent was wide to the left and the Packers had great field position.

It was announced that Clay Matthews sustained a hamstring injury and his return was questionable.

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