Instant analysis: Packers kicker Mason Crosby overcomes string of misses to lift Green Bay past Cincinnati in overtime

by 24USATVOct. 11, 2021, 5:01 a.m. 17
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Aaron Rodgers started the game by throwing incompletions on five of his first seven pass attempts. One of them was an interception on a deep ball to Davante Adams.

He was terrific from that point forward, finishing 27-for-39 for 344 yards with two touchdowns.

Rodgers and Adams connected 11 times for 206 yards and a score. Rodgers did have a key missed throw late in the fourth quarter when Adams had his man beat in the end zone on a third-down play and Rodgers threw wide.

At one point in the fourth quarter, I was planning to write how it had been a pretty solid showing by the Green Bay defense all things considered.

At that point, Cincinnati had eight possessions: five punts, an interception and two touchdowns. And one of the touchdowns was a big mistake by an individual, with safety Darnell Savage whiffing on an attempt to knock down a deep pass and the result being a 70-yard touchdown reception by Ja’Marr Chase just before halftime.

But then the Packers couldn’t get off the field while trying to protect a 22-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Cincinnati drove 75 yards in 15 plays in a drive that lasted nearly 8 minutes, with Joe Mixon finishing it off with an 8-yard run. Joe Burrow hit Tee Higgins on the 2-point conversion and, just like that, the game was tied.

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