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Rodgers sharp as Packers fall to Bengals

Aug 12, 2008 - 5:20 AM GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- For at least one night, Aaron Rodgers showed there is life after Brett Favre.

Rodgers looked at home in his first start of the post-Favre era, leading the Packers to a pair of scores in a 20-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

A former first-round pick who spent his first three seasons backing up Favre, Rodgers finished 9-of-15 for 117 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

"I thought Aaron did a number of solid things," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I thought the productivity was there. I thought Aaron did a very good job with the mechanical part of the game. He threw the ball with accuracy, was decisive."

Rodgers played the entire first quarter and led the Packers to two scores in his four possessions, departing with the Packers holding a 10-0 lead.

Finishing with a flourish, Rodgers hit second-year wideout James Jones on a 30-yard touchdown passes with 30 seconds left in the opening quarter. Jones momentarily juggled the ball, withstood a jarring hit by Marvin White that knocked his helmet off and pranced into the end zone before celebrating with the fans with the famed Lambeau Leap.

"It was definitely a different atmosphere," Rodgers said. "We had 70,000 fans. I couldn't get the camera out of my face the whole pregame. It definitely had a different feel, but we prepared the same way.

"It was good to have a good performance. I think our first-team offense put together three really good drives. We scored 10 points. I think we'd like to get a little more."

Even on his interception, Rodgers threw a dart that hit Chris Francies right in the numbers and ricocheted into the arms of Bengals safety Dexter Jackson.

"The interception was not really his fault," Jackson said. "The receiver had the ball in his hands but there was a big hit by our other safety."

Meanwhile, Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer shook off a dreadful first quarter before leading his team to a touchdown on the opening drive of the second quarter, hitting tight end Ben Utecht with a 14-yard scoring pass.

Palmer completed 5-of-9 passes for 33 yards, including a 10-yarder to combustible wideout Chad Johnson - his only catch of the game. Chris Perry added a 6-yard scoring run and Shayne Graham had two field goals for Cincinnati, which was without wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and running back Rudi Johnson.

The Packers were without top running back Ryan Grant and wide receiver Greg Jennings.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CINCINNATI 0 17 0 3 20
    GREEN BAY 10 0 0 7 17 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GNB - FG, MASON CROSBY 37 YD, 10:37. Drive: 7
    plays, 44 yards in 2:03. GREEN BAY
    3-0
    GNB - TD, JAMES JONES 30 YD PASS FROM AARON
    RODGERS (MASON CROSBY KICK), 12:14.
    Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards in

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    TD GNB
    KREGG LUMPKIN 11 YD PASS FROM MATT FLYNN
    (MASON CROSBY KICK)
    CINCINNATI 20
    GREEN BAY 17 3:02 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Bengals 20, Packers 17  4th - 3:02Aug 11 11:02 PM
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    FG CIN
    SHAYNE GRAHAM 32 YD
    CINCINNATI 20
    GREEN BAY 10 10:45 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Bengals 20, Packers 10  4th - 10:45Aug 11 10:38 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    CINCINNATI 0 17 0 17
    GREEN BAY 10 0 0 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GNB - FG, MASON CROSBY 37 YD, 10:37. Drive: 7
    plays, 44 yards in 2:03. GREEN BAY
    3-0
    GNB - TD, JAMES JONES 30 YD PASS FROM AARON
    RODGERS (MASON CROSBY KICK), 12:14.
    Drive: 6 plays, 75 y

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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CINCINNATI 0 17 17
    GREEN BAY 10 0 10 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GNB - FG, MASON CROSBY 37 YD, 10:37. Drive: 7
    plays, 44 yards in 2:03. GREEN BAY
    3-0
    GNB - TD, JAMES JONES 30 YD PASS FROM AARON
    RODGERS (MASON CROSBY KICK), 12:14.
    Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards

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    FG CIN
    SHAYNE GRAHAM 43 YD
    CINCINNATI 17
    GREEN BAY 10 0:57 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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    TD CIN
    CHRIS PERRY 6 YD RUN
    (SHAYNE GRAHAM KICK)
    CINCINNATI 14
    GREEN BAY 10 8:50 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Bengals 14, Packers 10  2nd - 8:50Aug 11 9:07 PM


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    TD CIN
    BEN UTECHT 14 YD PASS FROM CARSON PALMER
    (SHAYNE GRAHAM KICK)
    CINCINNATI 7
    GREEN BAY 10 4:28 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CINCINNATI 0 0
    GREEN BAY 10 10 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GNB - FG, MASON CROSBY 37 YD, 10:37. Drive: 7
    plays, 44 yards in 2:03. GREEN BAY
    3-0
    GNB - TD, JAMES JONES 30 YD PASS FROM AARON
    RODGERS (MASON CROSBY KICK), 12:14.
    Drive: 6 plays, 75 y

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    TD GNB
    JAMES JONES 30 YD PASS FROM AARON RODGERS
    (MASON CROSBY KICK)
    CINCINNATI 0
    GREEN BAY 10 2:46 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Bengals 0, Packers 10  1st - 2:46Aug 11 8:47 PM


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    MASON CROSBY 37 YD
    CINCINNATI 0
    GREEN BAY 3 4:23 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Bengals 0, Packers 3  1st - 4:23Aug 11 8:33 PM
  • seanmr Green Bay all the way! I hope Rodgers has a good start!

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  • greggrindhouse Please don't jinx Rodgers. I can't take a whole season of "well what if?", in fact what would happen if Favre gets hurt? It will be ESPNsanity.

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  • Pasta2000 No matter what happens tonight, i wouldn't want to be in Rodgers shoes. he has about 1 quarter of playing time to show that trading away Favre was the right move. Expectations are very high with this team because of the talent around the QB. Plus, Thompson and Co. better have running shoes on if, Heaven forbid, Rodgers gets hurt tonight.

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  • greggrindhouse Hopefully Rodgers plays well and shuts ESPN up about Brett Favre and how the Packers shouldn't have let him go.

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