Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) celebrates after defeating the Green Bay Packers 34-30 at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Sure, it wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win, and what makes it special? It was against one of the best teams in the league. In an extremely exciting (and frustrating) game that saw 8 turnovers, a blown 14-point lead, a blown 16-point lead, a lot of heated arguments and a fantastic ending, the Bengals pulled off a massive upset of the Packers.
It started on the first drive of the game. The offense looked really good, and Gio Bernard scored on a play that made him look like a piece of paper being blown around. After that, the Packers muffed a kickoff, and a play later, BenJarvus Green-Ellis scores.
Then comes the next four drives…which went as follows: INT, Fumble, Fumble, Fumble.
Luckily, our defense seemed to have an answer for that Packers offense, for a little bit at least. Soon enough, the defense tired out, and the team found themselves down by 16.
Then, the offense finally woke up. They went on to score 20 unanswered points after 30 unanswered by the Packers.
The game-winner? A 53 yard fumble return by Terrence Newman, who also had a pick in the game. Sure, it wasn’t pretty, but it is a win.
This win is particularly special because it was against the extremely good Green Bay Packers. No one really picked the Bengals to win, but it happened. Could this be a major momentum shift? I think so.