It didn't take long for the Bengals to give it up again, as Dalton escaped a sack for a moment on third down and lost the ball when Clay Matthews got to him. The Cincinnati defense, though, limited the damage to a 19-yard Crosby field goal.
The Bengals were able to hold onto the ball with their next possession, but a punt after a three-and-out led to a Green Bay scoring march. The 70-yard set bogged down inside the 10 and Crosby banged home a 26-yard field goal as time expired to send the Packers to the break with a 16-14 edge.
"Today was obviously a very tough loss for our football team. I thought it was definitely a game of peaks and valleys, a lot of moments of adversity going through the start of the game and getting down 14-0," said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. "The way our defense responded, I really felt it picked our football team up generating takeaways, being able to come into halftime with the lead."
Green Bay also got the ball to start the second half and extended its advantage with the help of a questionable Cincinnati penalty. Rodgers threw incomplete on third down, but Nelson was called for roughing the passer despite replays appearing to show no severe contact, and the drive continued. Franklin soon after scored from two yards away to cap the 80-yard trek for a 23-14 lead.
Franklin keyed the next Green Bay series with a 51-yard run and Rodgers added a 30-yard strike to Jordy Nelson, who made a nice catch along the sideline, to set up a 7-yard scoring toss to James Jones. The 92-yard drive took just five plays and made it 30-14.
Cincinnati's offense finally came back to life on the next series, as Dalton hit A.J. Green with a 20-yard TD pass to finish a 65-yard drive in just four plays.
The Bengals got the ball back quickly when Newman picked off Rodgers near midfield, but came up empty when Mike Nugent missed a 52-yard field goal try in the final minute of the third period.
Rodgers marched Green Bay inside the Cincinnati 30, but was intercepted by Leon Hall and the Bengals marched 95 yards the other way for a touchdown. Bernard took a swing pass 31 yards to start the seven-play set and Dalton capped it with an 11-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones, but the Packers blocked the extra point to keep it 30-27 with 10:55 remaining.