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Packers rookie Johnathan Franklin gets his shot because of injury, and he has a great day … until a big fumble

Frank Schwab
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Packers running back Eddie Lacy got hurt, then James Starks got hurt, and Johnathan Franklin finally got a shot.

And Franklin looked good, until a massive mistake cost the Packers the lead, and gave the Bengals what would be the game-winning touchdown in the Packers' 34-30 loss.

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Franklin was having a fantastic game in place of Starks, who was replacing the concussed Lacy and suffered a knee injury. In stepped Franklin, a fourth-round pick out of UCLA who had done nothing to show he belonged in the Packers' plans this year and seemed to have fallen completely out of favor in Green Bay.

Franklin had his first NFL touchdown against the Bengals, and also broke a 51-yard run after getting in the game.

Just when things were going well, Franklin was given the ball on fourth-and-inches late in the fourth quarter with the Packers holding a 30-27 lead. And Franklin ran up the middle and fumbled. It was picked up by the Bengals, then fumbled again, then picked up by Cincinnati's Terence Newman and returned for a touchdown with 3:47 remaining. That gave Cincinnati a 34-30 lead, and Rodgers couldn't lead the Packers to a go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes.

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Franklin had 103 yards on just 13 carries against Cincinnati. But it'll be hard to forget his major mistake that was the turning point of Sunday's loss.

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