Packers open preseason with 36-19 win over Bengals


Packers lead Bengals 21-16 at halftime

With Jon Runyan playing center, the Packers began the second quarter with Clifford forcing a 23-yard defensive pass interference penalty on Allan George, who was in coverage of Reed’s corner route.

Running back Tyler Goodson scored on the next play with a 1-yard TD run to extend Green Bay’s lead to 14-3 with 14:05 left in the first half.

Cincinnati’s Chris Evans broke a 33-yard run to put the Bengals back in Green Bay territory. Valentine broke up the third-and-7 pass intended for Iosivas. Evan McPherson made a 52-yard field goal to cut Cincinnati’s deficit to 14-6 with 11:13 left in the half.

With Zach Tom now at center, Clifford completed a 15-yard pass to Malik Heath across the middle to start Green Bay’s fourth series.

Domenique Davis hit Clifford as he threw on third-and-6, resulting in a Tycen Anderson interception returned for a 43-yard touchdown to make it 14-13 Green Bay with 9:16 left in the half.

Clifford and the Packers’ offense moved back across midfield with a 28-yard pass to Toure on third-and-9 but a fourth-and-4 pass to Heath fell incomplete and Green Bay turned the ball over on downs.

The Bengals countered with a nine-play, 38-yard drive that ended in a 39-yard McPherson field goal to put the Bengals ahead for the first time, 16-14, with 1:37 left in the half.

Starting at Green Bay’s 9, Clifford found Dontayvion Wicks for 19 yards on third-and-7 to keep the Packers’ two-minute drive alive. However, Clifford was picked off a second time when Anderson stepped in front of a pass intended for Tucker Kraft with 1:04 left in the half.

Rookie cornerback Carrington Valentine gave the ball back to his offense after intercepting Browning’s overthrown pass. Clifford made good use of the turnover, threading a pass through coverage to Wicks for a 47-yard gain.

Clifford scrambled for 13 yards to make it first-and-goal from the Bengals’ 6 with 25 seconds left. He then hit Tyler Davis on a 6-yard TD to put the Packers back in front, 21-16.



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