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Packers come up short, lose to Bengals 31-24

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Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011. Photo by Mike Morbeck. By Mike Morbeck (Flickr: [1]) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011. Photo by Mike Morbeck. By Mike Morbeck (Flickr: [1]) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

GREEN BAY, Wis (WSAU) The Green Bay Packers had an improbable chance to win a sloppy game, before time ran out 10-yards short of a tying touchdown. The Cincinnati Bengals came out of Lambeau Field with a 31-24 win.

The Packers trailed by 10-points with 1:51 to play. Green Bay drove 52 yards for a 45-yeard field goal, and then recovered an onside kick with a chance to tie the game. With no time outs, the Packers drove to the Bengals 10-yard-line before time ran out. The game ended with Aaron Rodgers completing 25-yard pass to Donald Driver over the middle. But time expired before the Packers could set up a final try at the end zone.

The Packers offense looked out of sync for much of the game. Rodgers completed 21 of 39 passes for 261-yards and a touchdown. The Packers continued to struggle with their offensive line play. Rodgers was sacked six times, five by Antwan Odem. The Packers were plagued with several dropped balls by their receivers throughout the game.

Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer was 15-of 23 for 185 yards. He threw three touchdowns, and was intercepted twice. Both of the interceptions were by Charles Woodson; one was run back for a touchdown.

The Bengals took a 2-score lead when they converted a Ryan Grant fumble into a 62-yard touchdown drive in the second half.

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