Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Not everyone was present to see a historic rally by the Cincinnati Bengals’ comeback-win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. After watching their Bengals surrender 30-straight points to Green Bay while looking as lifeless as Bob Bratkowski’s offense, many fans called it a day and headed for the exits to beat Cincinnati traffic back home.
They missed quite a show, and the Bengals took notice of the fans who did stay to watch them gut-out one heck of a win. Rey Maualuga commented after the game that the cheers of the fans who did stay helped give the team the heart to rally late in the game after all had seemed lost.
Giovani Bernard took it a step further in calling-out the fans who left early and gave-up on he and his teammates:
"“Well the fans are doing a great job,” Bernard told PFT Live on Tuesday. “I mean, just being there and just supporting us, whether we’re losing or not, they’ve done a really good job. But I was a little bit disappointed this past game where I saw some fans leave. I was looking into the stands and saw some fans leaving once we kind of got down to the 30-14 range, and it was a little upsetting. Then once we kind of got closer, once Terrence Newman scored that touchdown, you could see those seats started to fill up a little bit. So I don’t know if they went to get a drink or had to use the bathroom during that time, or whatever it was, but I started to see those empty seats pile up. I’m not going to say they left, but we’ll see.”"