Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby (2) and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison (81) celebrates after the Packers beat the Bengals in overtime. (STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(GREEN BAY) - Aaron Rodgers burned another defense deep with a free play. The Cincinnati Bengals found their offense and a new way to lose. Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6:26 left in overtime set up by Rodgers' 72-yard pass to Geronimo Allison, and the Green Bay Packers rallied to beat Cincinnati 27-24 on Sunday. Crosby's kick completed the Packers' comeback from a 21-7 halftime deficit. On third-and-10 from his 21, Rodgers took advantage of yet another free play after defensive end Michael Johnson was whistled for offside. Officials let the play continue and the two-time NFL MVP found Allison on about a 40-yard pass before the receiver beat a couple defenders for more yards. "Luckily I put it in a good spot and G-Mo did the rest," Rodgers said. Crosby, a veteran kicker, finished it off for the Packers (2-1). The winless Bengals (0-3) won the toss in overtime but went three-and-out on their opening drive. It was so loud at Lambeau Field that they had to call timeout before their first overtime snap. Rodgers thrived under the pressure. He connected with Jordy Nelson for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 24. Cornerback Dre Kilpatrick narrowly missed batting away the bullet thrown by the quarterback into the front right corner of the end zone. "We rushed the quarterback, keeping him in. We did a lot, but when we broke down, (Rodgers) made plays," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. Rodgers finished 28 of 42 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Allison had six catches for 122 yards. "I thought Aaron played one of his best games," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I thought he was tremendous today." The Packers flipped the script after the Bengals controlled the first half. A.J. Green caught a 10-yard scoring pass on the game's opening drive for Cincinnati's first touchdown after two frustrating weeks for the offense. Bill Lazor made his debut as offensive coordinator for the fired Ken Zampese. Andy Dalton was 21 of 27 for 212 yards and two scores. The Bengals were desperate to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2008. But they couldn't finish the Packers off in the second half. "A disappointment is not finishing a football game now," Lewis said. Green Bay's defense generated a little more pressure on Dalton in the second half, and rookie safety Josh Jones gave the injury-laden defense a boost with two sacks and 12 tackles. Rodgers shook off his early struggles to guide the Packers to another win. He was sacked six times, mostly against just the Bengals' four-man rush, though the protection shored up after halftime. Rodgers threw just his second career pick-six — and his first at home — when William Jackson returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown for a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter. "Oh, we took a step as a football team," McCarthy said. "This always pays forward when you go through adversity and you have success."
BENGALS OFFENSE: At least Cincinnati's offense finally got into the end zone. Green's score snapped a season-opening streak of 25 possessions without a touchdown. Until Sunday, they were only able to muster three field goals over the first two weeks, both losses.
NOTABLES: Rodgers' only other interception returned for a score came on Nov. 8, 2009, by Tanard Jackson in a 38-28 loss at Tampa. ... It was the warmest kickoff for a Packers home game at 89 degrees.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Most members of each team interlocked arms on their respective sidelines when the national anthem was played before kickoff. "We've got to stick together and show people that it doesn't matter what skin color or where you come from, we can stand as one. That's what we did today," Green said. Across the field, Rodgers stood at the sideline locking arms with tight end Richard Rodgers and backup quarterback Brett Hundley. Three Packers sat on the bench during the anthem: tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, along with rookie cornerback Kevin King.
INJURIES: The Packers played without seven key players, including defensive lineman Mike Daniels (hip), outside linebacker Nick Perry (hand) and starting cornerback Davon House (quad). On offense, left tackle David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and receiver Randall Cobb (chest) were inactive. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga made the start after being listed as questionable but did not return after aggravating his ankle injury in the second half.
                        CINCINNATI     GREEN BAY
First downs                     21            22
Rushes-yards                30-110         17-64
Net Passing yards              191           280
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     27-21-2       42-28-1
Sacked-Yards Lost             3-21          6-33
Punts-Average               6-49.3        6-49.3
Fumbles                          1             0
Penalties-Yards               7-68          4-33
Time of Possession           34:17         29:21
CINCINNATI -  7  14   0   3   0  - 24
GREEN BAY  -  7   0   7  10   3  - 27
1st - CIN - A.J. Green, 10-yard pass from Andy Dalton (Randy Bullock kick) CINCINNATI 7-0
1st - GB - Lance Kendricks, 1-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - CIN - Giovanni Bernard, 6-yard pass from Dalton (Bullock kick) CINCINNATI 14-7
2nd - CIN - William Jackson, 75-yard interception return (Bullock kick) CINCINNATI 21-7
3rd - GB - Jordy Nelson, 1-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) CINCINNATI 21-14
4th - GB - Crosby, 28-yard field goal CINCINNATI 21-17
4th - CIN - Bullock, 46-yard field goal CINCINNATI 24-17
4th - GB - Nelson, 3-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) TIED 24-24
OT - GB - Crosby, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-24
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Ty Montgomery 12-35, Aaron Rodgers 4-23, Jamaal Williams 1-6
CINCINNATI - Joe Mixon 18-62, Giovanni Bernard 3-27, Jeremy Hill 7-23, Andy Dalton 2-(-2)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 42-28-313 3 TD 1 INT
CINCINNATI - Andy Dalton 27-21-212 2 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ty Montgomery 8-15, Geronimo Allison 6-122, Jordy Nelson 6-52 2 TD, Devante Adams 3-60, Martellus Bennett 3-12, Lance Kendricks 2-52 1 TD
CINCINNATI - A.J. Green 10-111 1 TD, Joe Mixon 3-39, Tyler Kroft 3-28, Giovanni Bernard 2-12 1 TD, Tyler Boyd 1-11, Jeremy Hill 1-6, Brandon LaFell 1-5

Late TD in fourth and big play to Allison in overtime give Green Bay win

(GREEN BAY) - The Packers’ defense got the stop, QB Aaron Rodgers made the big play, and K Mason Crosby gave the Packers a 27-24 overtime victory on Sunday at Lambeau Field. With the win, the Packers improved to 2-1 on the season, creating a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North with the Lions and Vikings. Rodgers’ 71-yard connection with WR Geronimo Allison set up the winning points. Crosby’s field goal was good from 27 yards out. Rodgers finished 28-of-42 for 313 yards with three TDs, one INT and a 102.6 passer rating. Allison had six catches for 122 yards, and WR Jordy Nelson had six grabs for 52 yards and two scores. For the Bengals, QB Andy Dalton finished 21-of-27 for 212 yards with two TDs and a 124.1 rating. WR A.J. Green had 10 catches for 111 yards and a score, and RB Joe Mixon rushed 18 times for 62 yards. Here's a recap of all action.
First quarter: Both teams scored touchdowns on their opening possessions, and the first quarter ended with the Bengals driving to break the 7-7 tie. The Bengals scored their first touchdown of the season on the game’s opening drive. QB Andy Dalton moved the chains twice with 13-yard passes to TE Tyler Kroft and WR A.J. Green. He then found RB Joe Mixon for a 20-yard catch-and-run on third-and-4, and a facemask penalty on Packers S Marwin Evans made it first down on the Green Bay 12. Mixon’s play was officially ruled a run because Dalton’s pass went backwards. Then on third-and-8, Dalton found Green for the 10-yard TD, and the Bengals were on the board first. The Packers started at their own 40 after the kickoff went out of bounds, and they quickly got a 33-yard pass interference penalty on CB Adam Jones to get into Cincinnati territory. A 7-yard run by RB Ty Montgomery and a 9-yard pass to WR Jordy Nelson put the ball on the 11. WR Davante Adams then took a quick pass, juked his defender in the open field, and dove for the goal line. The ball came out and was recovered by the Bengals, but replay ruled that Adams was down inside the 1. QB Aaron Rodgers then found TE Lance Kendricks wide open off play-action for the TD to tie the game. The Bengals got across midfield again on their second possession, on the strength of completions of 17 yards to Green and 14 yards to Kroft. But on third-and-8, rookie S Josh Jones came on a blitz and sacked Dalton, forcing a punt. WR Trevor Davis made some nifty moves on the punt return, gaining 33 yards in all out to the Green Bay 40. But the Packers went three-and-out, losing yardage along the way, and a bad punt by P Justin Vogel went just 27 yards, giving the ball back to the Bengals at their own 40. CB Damarious Randall tackled Mixon for a 6-yard loss on first down, but Mixon countered with a pair of 9-yard receptions to move the chains anyway. RB Gio Bernard then busted through for a 25-yard run to the Green Bay 23 on the final play of the quarter.
Second quarter: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw just the second pick-six of his career, and it put the Packers down, 21-7, to the Bengals at halftime. The Bengals started the second quarter by handing off to RB Jeremy Hill four straight times for 17 yards, and then Dalton found Bernard wide open on a swing pass for a 6-yard touchdown. Cincinnati led 14-7 with 12:29 left in the half. The Packers got back into scoring position on a 41-yard flea-flicker pass to Adams, but on third-and-6 from the 30, Rodgers pass for Nelson was picked off by CB William Jackson, who raced 75 yards the other way for the touchdown. It was Rodgers’ first pick-six since 2009 and just the second of his career. It put the Packers down, 21-7, with 10:20 left in the half. Rodgers got the Packers going on their next drive with a 9-yard scramble on third-and-4. But a third-down sack on the next series by LB Carl Lawson forced the Packers to punt. Vogel recovered with a strong 54-yard effort that, combined with a holding penalty on Cincinnati, put the Bengals on their own 6-yard line to start. The Bengals got out of the hole on a 10-yard run by Mixon and an 11-yard pass to Green, but LB Blake Martinez stopped Bernard on third-and-3, and the Bengals punted. An illegal block on LB Kyler Fackrell on Davis’ return put the Packers back on their own 17 with 2:40 left. After yet another sack, the Packers went three-and-out, and another booming punt by Vogel from deep in Green Bay territory pushed the Bengals back to their own 37 with 1:41 to go. Green Bay’s defense got a three-and-out, and after a fair catch, the Packers took over on their own 10 with 38 seconds left. The Packers got just one first down, Rodgers was sacked again, and the Lambeau Field crowd began booing in the final seconds of the half. The Bengals muffed the punt and the Packers recovered, but there was no time left on the clock to run another play.
Third quarter: The Packers got one touchdown back and were driving for possibly another as the third quarter ended with the Bengals leading, 21-14. The Packers got going right away at the start of the second half, as Rodgers found Kendricks for a 51-yard gain on the first play. Passes of 5 yards to TE Martellus Bennett and 6 yards to Nelson were followed by two runs by RB Ty Montgomery for 11 yards to make it first-and-goal on the 2. A few snaps later, on third-and-goal from the 1, Rodgers rolled right and flipped it to Nelson for the TD. The Bengals’ lead was down to 21-14 with 9:54 left in the quarter. The Bengals responded with a 21-yard screen pass to Mixon on their first play, but the Packers stopped the drive there as DT Kenny Clark brought Mixon down for a 2-yard loss on first down, and LB Ahmad Brooks sacked Dalton on third down. The Packers gave it right back, though, as Rodgers was sacked for the sixth time in the game and Green Bay punted. Bengals WR Alex Erickson returned it 20 yards to the Green Bay 47. The Bengals got into scoring range on consecutive 11-yard passes to WR Tyler Boyd and Green, but the Packers stopped it there. S Josh Jones got his second sack of the game on third down, and Bengals K Randy Bullock missed wide right from 48 yards out. Rodgers scrambled for 13 yards, connected with WR Geronimo Allison for a 9-yard reception off a deflection, and found Nelson for 23 yards on third-and-1 to get the ball in the red zone as the quarter expired.
Fourth quarter: The Packers scored the game-tying touchdown with 17 seconds left and went to overtime. QB Aaron Rodgers completed 9-of-11 passes on the last-ditch drive, hitting WR Jordy Nelson for a 3-yard TD to tie the game at 24. The Packers blew a huge scoring opportunity to open the final quarter. With first-and-5 on the Cincinnati 12 after a 12-men penalty on the defense, the Packers ended up settling for a 28-yard Mason Crosby field goal after Adams dropped a third-down slant pass. The Packers trailed, 21-17, with 14:43 to go. The Bengals got one first down on their next drive but stalled there, as Brooks got pressure on Dalton again and forced an intentional grounding penalty. After the punt, the Packers took over on their own 21 with 12:37 left. For the Packers, Justin McCray replaced Bryan Bulaga (ankle) at RT. A pass interference call on CB Adam Jones against Allison on third-and-2 gave the Packers an initial first down, but that was all. Vogel’s sideline punt put the Bengals on their own 9. The Bengals got out of the hole when rookie CB Kevin King was called for pass interference on third-and-5, and then Dalton hit Green for 20 yards on the next play. Mixon ran four times for 28 yards, setting up third-and-1 from the Green Bay 27. A broken play led to getting Dalton tackled for a loss of 1, and Bullock was good from 46 yards out to put the Bengals up, 24-17, with 3:46 left. Allison’s 17-yard reception started the drive, and his 11-yard diving catch converted on third-and-9. Nelson added a 10-yard reception for a first down on the Cincinnati 33 at the two-minute warning. Passes of 5 yards to Montgomery and 6 to Bennett put the ball on the 22 with 1:13 left. Adams made tacklers miss for a 9-yard gain to the 13. Montgomery ran for 6 to make it first-and-goal on the 7, and an offside penalty put the ball on the 3. Rodgers found Nelson for a diving TD catch along the sideline with 17 seconds left, and Crosby’s PAT tied the game at 24. The touchdown was Nelson’s 66th career, moving him into sole possession of second place on the franchise’s all-time list, behind only Don Hutson’s 99.
Overtime: The Bengals won the toss and took the ball to start overtime. Green Bay’s defense immediately got a three-and-out, as LB Blake Martinez got a tackle for loss on first down, and S Josh Jones tackled Kroft well short of the first-down marker on third down. After the 58-yard punt and a 9-yard Davis return, Green Bay began on its own 21. On third-and-10, with the Bengals jumping offside, Rodgers found Allison wide open deep downfield, and he raced 72 yards in all, all the way down to the Cincinnati 7-yard line. Rodgers put the ball in the middle of the field, and Crosby sent the 78,000-plus at Lambeau home happy.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison (81) on a 72-yard reception in overtime to setup the game winning field goal. (STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) hauls in a 3-yard touchdown late in the 4th quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime. Nelson was covered by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27). (STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL)
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Detroit      2   1   0   .667    85   63
GREEN BAY    2   1   0   .667    67   64
Minnesota    2   1   0   .667    72   62
Chicago      1   2   0   .333    47   69

AROUND THE NFC NORTH
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH
CHICAGO 23, Pittsburgh 17 - Jordan Howard had already been forced to leave Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers twice after his right shoulder took a pounding. Regardless of the pain, however, the Chicago Bears running back was determined not to allow the injury to stop him. One final 19-yard run on Sunday proved to be the perfect remedy. Howard's scoring run in overtime lifted the Chicago Bears to their first victory of the season, a 23-17 win over the Steelers at Soldier Field. Bears running back Tarik Cohen appeared to end the game with a 73-yard touchdown run earlier in OT, but officials determined he stepped out of bounds at the 37-yard line. Chicago challenged the call, but it was upheld by video replay. Enter Howard, who finished with 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and who admitted he looked over his shoulder on the way to the end zone to ensure there were no penalty flags behind him. "I just saw my team and they kept fighting," Howard said afterward. "So I kept fighting. "That (touchdown run) is a like a dream come true. You always dream about stuff like that but it never happens. So that was crazy." Howard's game-winning run came after Pittsburgh (2-1) tied the game with 8:03 remaining in regulation on Chris Boswell's 32-yard field goal. The Steelers took possession deep in their own territory with 52 seconds remaining, but were unable to move the ball before linebacker Willie Young sacked Ben Roethlisberger on the final play of the fourth quarter. "I need to play better football -- I will take this game on me," said Roethlisberger, who completed 22 of 39 passes and was sacked three times. "I did not play well enough. I missed too many throws, did not make good reads or whatever it is, turned the ball over on a sack-fumble. "(I) cannot do that so this one is on me." The Steelers, who turned the ball over twice in the first quarter, got to within 17-14 with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter on a Le'Veon Bell 1-yard touchdown run. The Bears led 17-7 at halftime after quarterback Mike Glennon found Adam Shaheen open in the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 43 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Connor Barth extended the lead to 10 points with a 17-yard field goal with no time showing on the clock. The kick occurred after Chicago's Sherrick McManis blocked a Boswell field-goal attempt. Marcus Cooper recovered the ball and had a clear path to the end zone, but he slowed down at the goal line and had the ball stripped by Vance McDonald before Cooper reached the end zone following a 73-yard return. "I thought I was in, but obviously, I wasn't," Cooper said. "I couldn't do (anything) about that play. You move forward." He added: "I should have scored." The Steelers batted the ball out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. Said McDonald: "I've never seen a half end like that before. I just hit the ball as hard as I could. I don't know where it went." After video review, officials determined the Bears were on offense when the fumble occurred so the defensive penalty resulted in an untimed down. On first down, there was a false start. They then lined up Barth for the field goal that gave Chicago a 10-point lead. The Steelers rallied in the second half behind Roethlisberger, who finished with 235 yards and a touchdown, and Bell, who had 61 yards on 15 carries. Antonio Brown, who had a 7-yard touchdown catch, had 10 receptions for 110 yards in the loss. But after holding the Bears scoreless in the second half to draw even, the Steelers couldn't slow down Chicago's running game in overtime, done in eventually by Howard's touchdown run. "We fought our tails off, but we weren't able to finish the job," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. "We faced a lot of adversity today, but most of it was created by us." Glennon finished 15 of 22 for 101 yards, one interception and one touchdown.
MINNESOTA 34, Tampa Bay 17 - With Sam Bradford's knee not responding after practices this past week, the Minnesota Vikings didn't wait until the final minutes to decide Case Keenum would start at quarterback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Keenum made the most of his second start with Minnesota and the extra time to prepare. Keenum threw for a career-high 369 yards with three touchdowns and Stefon Diggs caught eight passes for 173 yards with two scores in the Vikings' 34-17 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. "For me, I accept my role on this team," Keenum said. "I know I want to be ready whenever my name is called and so that's why I prepare. Like I said last week, I prepare every week the exact same in order to play, in order to compete and to put this team in the best possible chance to win." Bradford missed his second straight game with a knee injury, but Keenum was much better at home against a depleted Tampa Bay defense after a road loss at Pittsburgh last week. Bradford had practiced on a limited basis early in the week but missed practice on Friday as the team declared Keenum would start. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the game plan was prepped more for Keenum given more time. "He's a fighter," said receiver Adam Thielen, who had five catches for 98 yards. "He's a guy that you want to play for. He comes into work every day and he grinds, and we know that we can feel his energy. The way he works, the way he wants it, and that's just a guy you want to play for and go compete for." Rookie running back Dalvin Cook had 169 total yards (97 yards rushing, 72 receiving) and his first career touchdown in the win for Minnesota (2-1). The Vikings' defense intercepted Jameis Winston three times -- Minnesota's first takeaways of the season -- and held the Buccaneers to 26 yards rushing in another decisive home victory. "We needed to get some turnovers," Zimmer said. "We hadn't had any and those three were obviously big. They had been moving the ball, really trying to get back in the football game. Kind of got the momentum back on our side." Winston was 28 of 40 for 328 yards and tossed touchdown passes to tight end Cameron Brate and DeSean Jackson for Tampa Bay (1-1). "At the end of the day, I make the final decision on where the ball goes and I have got to protect the football at all cost," Winston said. "No matter what they do, at the end of the day, I've got to protect the football." Fresh off their convincing season-opening win last week, the Buccaneers' defense was in shambles without three starters and several players leaving during the game with various injuries. Meanwhile, the offense couldn't sustain drives and was 1 of 6 on third downs. Keenum, who completed 25 of 33 passes, connected with Thielen on a 45-yard gain on the third play of the game and willingly went deep several times on Sunday. Diggs caught passes for 47 and 59 yards, the two longest of his career. His weaving run after the catch led to a 59-yard touchdown to put Minnesota up 28-3 early in the third quarter. Jarius Wright added a touchdown catch for the Vikings. "I think the shot early to Adam kind of calmed me down a little bit," Keenum said. "He made a heck of a play." For Keenum, it's the third time he's beaten Tampa Bay in his career. He twice led the Rams to victories while completing 65.1 percent of his passes for a 118.8 passer rating. "Case Keenum has been lights out every time we've played him," Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said. "He looked like the best player in the NFL again today. He hit those deeps balls, and he gave his receivers a chance and they made the plays."
Atlanta 30, DETROIT 26 - Brian Poole was sure he touched Golden Tate before he reached the end zone. Poole had no idea that would be the last play of the game. The cornerback contacted Tate's shoulder as the wide receiver's knee hit the turf just shy of the goal line, allowing the Atlanta Falcons to escape with a 30-26 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Ford Field. The officials originally ruled that Tate had scored on a 1-yard pass from Matthew Stafford with eight seconds remaining, but a replay review overturned that call. A 10-second runoff was required and since the Lions were out of timeouts, the game was over. "I had a feeling his knee was down," Poole said. "I was just upset they called it a touchdown so early. I wasn't surprised (it was overturned) because I knew that I touched him." Poole wasn't aware of the runoff rule and that the officials would declare the game over. The Lions (2-1) would have needed to line up, snap the ball and run a play because it would have been fourth down. "I'm definitely happy about that rule right now," Poole said. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan connected with Taylor Gabriel for a 40-yard, go-ahead scoring strike on the first play of the fourth quarter. That proved to be the game-winning score. Ryan completed 24 of 35 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns, but was also picked off three times. Devonta Freeman gained 106 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown. Gabriel caught five passes for 79 yards, while Julio Jones added 91 receiving yards on seven catches for the Falcons (3-0). "Awesome win. It came down to the end, a dogfight," Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett said. "As I turned my head on the last play, I saw that it was down. I was just praying and hoping we got an opportunity to challenge or review or whatever the case may be." Stafford completed 25 of 45 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown. Tate caught seven passes for 58 yards and a score. "It's not fun. Obviously, I wish I would've thrown it a foot higher, maybe help GT stay up," Stafford said. "It's a game of inches. Tough one to lose, great effort from our team, awesome effort from our defense. Offensively, we have to convert a little more on third downs early and when our defense gets us turnovers we have to put some points on the board." Safety Glover Quin scored on a 37-yard interception return and cornerback Darius Slay picked off two passes for Detroit. Matt Prater contributed four field goals. Matt Bryant's 40-yard field goal early in the third quarter gave the Falcons a 23-13 lead. Detroit tied it before the end of the quarter. Stafford's 11-yard scoring pass to Tate pulled the Lions (2-1) within three points and Prater made a 35-yard field goal. The latter was set up by Slay's interception. The Falcons regained the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter. Gabriel caught a short pass over the middle, cut to his left and outran the secondary on the 40-yard scoring play. Prater drilled a 57-yard field goal with 11:48 remaining to make it 30-26. The Lions forced a punt just before the two-minute warning and got the ball back at their own 11. A 28-yard completion to TJ Jones moved the Lions beyond midfield. Detroit got as close as the Atlanta 18, but two penalties sidetracked the drive. A defensive holding penalty against cornerback Desmond Trufant wiped out an interception. A pass interference call against Trufant put the Lions on the 1, but two incompletions followed before Tate's catch just inches from the goal line. "Win some, you lose some. You lose some at the end of the game," Slay said. "A couple of years ago against Green Bay, we lost on a Hail Mary on the last play. That's the NFL. It happens. You've got to live with it." Atlanta led 20-13 at halftime.
Green Bay Packers (2-1) 27, Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) 24 (OT)
Sunday September 24th 2017 (at Green Bay)