Packers0707 -- 14Bengals7707 -- 21
Brett Favre 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 host Cincinnati hold on and left the 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.
Facing the team that jump-started his career with a 1992 comeback, Favre nearly overcame his five interceptions and an unexpected interruption that helped Cincinnati (6-2) hold on.
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 Bengals QB Carson Palmer.
Going without a huddle against a reeling defense, the Packers (1-6) 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 for several minutes.
"That did slow it down and give us a chance to huddle, and we kind of came together as a defense," LB Brian Simmons said.
Cincinnati: Perry 4 pass from Palmer (Graham kick), 8:45.
GB: Fisher 1 run (Longwell kick), 9:35.
Cincinnati: Houshmandzadeh 8 pass from Palmer (Graham kick), 3:07.
Cincinnati: J.Johnson 27 pass from Palmer (Graham kick), 13:17.
GB: Franks 1 pass from Favre (Longwell kick), 3:11.
PackersBengalsFirst Downs 2421Total Net Yards 364317Rushes-Yards 22-7627-95Passing 288222Punt Returns 4-391-3Kickoff Returns 4-1033-69Interceptions Ret. 1-05-31Comp-Att-Int 27-40-522-34-1Sacked-Yards Lost 1-22-15Punts 3-41.76-42.0Fumbles-Lost 1-01-0Penalties-Yards 6-293-58Time Of Possession 29:4930:11RUSHING
Green Bay: Fisher 17-51, Driver 1-9, Gado 1-8, Favre 2-4, R.Lee 1-4.
Cincinnati: R.Johnson 22-72, C.Perry 3-18, C.Johnson 1-8, Houshmandzadeh 1-(minus 3).
Green Bay: Favre 27-40-5-290.
Cincinnati: Palmer 22-34-1-237.
Green Bay: Chatman 8-97, Franks 8-73, Driver 5-76, D.Lee 3-28, Fisher 2-7, Henderson 1-9.
Cincinnati: C.Perry 6-25, Houshmandzadeh 5-77, C.Johnson 5-62, Henry 2-22, J.Johnson 1-27, Schobel 1-12, Walter 1-12, R.Johnson 1-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS