Packers 14

(1-6, 0-4 away)

Bengals 21

(6-2, 3-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 30, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
GB 0 7 0 714
CIN 7 7 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (GB) - 279 YDS, 1 TD, 5 INT

Rushing: R. Johnson (CIN) - 22 CAR, 72 YDS

Receiving: A. Chatman (GB) - 8 REC, 97 YDS

Favre picked off five times in loss to Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) -- No way Brett Favre will forget this one.

All-time passing yardage
QB Years Total
Dan Marino 17 61,361
Brett Favre 14 51,595
John Elway 16 51,475

He threw five interceptions, something he'd never done in the regular season. He had a fan steal the ball from his hand during a futile last-minute drive, something he'd never seen before.

And his illegal forward pass let the Cincinnati Bengals hold on Sunday for a 21-14 victory that left the Green Bay Packers quarterback lying motionless on the field, exhausted and overwhelmed by it all.

"I said to myself, 'This is way too difficult week-in and week-out.' It's hard to make a living that way each week," Favre said.

This one was as tough as any during his 13-year career.

Facing the team that jump-started his career with a 1992 comeback blurred by time, Favre nearly overcame his five interceptions and an unexpected interruption that helped Cincinnati (6-2) hold on.

It was over when ...
Brett Favre came up short on what would have been the game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. It was an all-around bad day for Favre, who threw five interceptions, the first time he's ever thrown that many picks in a regular-season game.
Game ball goes to ...
The Bengals' defense, for holding the Packers to just two touchdowns and making Brett Favre look like less than Brett Favre.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen There are some who believe Brett Favre is trying to do too much, but I disagree. He's going to play exactly how he's always played and that means that he will throw through the problem instead of dumping it down. He doesn't have the personnel that he used to have and the running game isn't there anymore. It's up to him to generate some points, but he can't be pigheaded about it.
-- Eric Allen

Backed up on their 5-yard line with 56 seconds left, the Packers got a break with a 48-yard pass interference penalty. Cincinnati's orange-shirted defense tried to catch its breath while the sideline fretted.

"I was scared to death," said Carson Palmer, who put the Bengals ahead with three touchdown passes. "I said on the sideline, 'This is scary.' Then, when they got the ball again and they get that flag, I'm saying, 'We're going into OT.'"

The Packers (1-6) came up 28 yards short.

Going without a huddle against a reeling defense, the Packers had a play blown dead from the 28 when a fan jumped out of the stands and ran onto the field. The man grabbed the ball out of Favre's hand and eluded security, which needed several minutes to tackle and arrest him.

"That did slow it down and give us a chance to huddle, and we kind of came together as a defense," linebacker Brian Simmons said. "But you don't want to see that because somebody could get hurt."

Favre was sacked on the next play and was under heavy pressure as he threw his last pass from beyond the line of scrimmage, an illegal completion that came up short, anyway.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis acknowledged that the security delay changed the momentum.

"I'll leave that up to the league, but there needs to be security felt by the players," Packers fullback William Henderson said. "For a man to take the ball out of our quarterback's hands shows there was a gap in security somewhere."

Only once has Favre thrown more interceptions -- six in a playoff loss to St. Louis during the 2001 season. His off-day let the Bengals take control of a game that matched an up-and-coming passer against one of its standard-bearers.

Palmer's 27-yard touchdown pass to Jeremi Johnson made it 21-7 early in the fourth quarter and was set up by Favre's fifth interception. Cincinnati wrapped up its best first half of the season since 1988, its last Super Bowl appearance.

The Bengals had five interceptions for the third time this season, the first team to do so since Kansas City in 1970. Deltha O'Neal had two of the interceptions, which padded the Bengals' total to 20.

Still, they worried it wouldn't be enough.

"They were sure moving that ball," O'Neal said. "He was doing that comeback king stuff."

Favre passed John Elway and moved into second place for career passes and yards but couldn't overcome the mistakes that left the Packers in unfamiliar territory. They haven't had a losing record since 1991, when Favre was a backup in Atlanta. It's the longest active streak without a losing season in the NFL.

The Bengals moved one victory closer to ending one of the longest streaks of futility in league history -- no winning record since 1990. The teams headed in opposite directions after Favre came off the bench and beat them with a last-minute touchdown pass at Lambeau Field in 1992, a game that Favre vaguely remembers.

He's working with a lot of fill-ins this time around. The Packers lost tight end David Martin, who hurt his hamstring during practice last week, and Pro Bowl center Mike Flanagan left in the second half because of pain related to his hernia surgery.

That left Favre to try to do it all.

"I can't say that I was shocked that we had a chance to win that game, but with all the things that happened, we had a chance," Favre said.

Game notes

Green Bay's Antonio Chatman set a career high with eight catches for 97 yards. ... Tony Fisher, forced to make his second career start because the Packers' top two running backs are hurt, carried 17 times for 51 yards and a touchdown. He also blocked two pass rushers on one play. ... Favre's sack on the second-to-last play was his first in the last 150 attempts.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2321
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6263
Total Yards353317
Yards per play5.75.0
Total Drives1112
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

cinTD8:51Chris Perry, 4 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 60 yds, 6:02
gbTD9:39Tony Fisher, 1 yd run (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yds, 9:10
cinTD3:12T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 8 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick is good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 73 yds, 6:18
cinTD13:24Jeremi Johnson, 27 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 27 yds, 0:00
gbTD3:18Bubba Franks, 1 yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 88 yds, 5:10