Big mistake on kickoff return leads to Packers’ first 14-point first-quarter deficit in eight years

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Back in 2005, or about 17 Brett Favre retirements ago, the Packers trailed by 14 points to Baltimore in the first quarter. Amazingly, according to Fox's broadcast, they had not trailed by 14 points in the first quarter in any game until Sunday.

The Packers didn't just fall behind by 14 against Cincinnati, they did so in (embarrassing) style.

After giving up a 7-0 lead on a long drive to start the game, the Packers lined up to receive the kickoff and give the ball to Aaron Rodgers. But Jeremy Ross had other ideas.

Ross, the Packers' kickoff returner, overran the kickoff and muffed it, leaving the ball on the ground inside the 5-yard line. The Bengals got to it, recovered at the 2, and on the next play BenJarvus Green-Ellis bulled into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown.

With that Rodgers faced a situation he hadn't seen in his NFL career, working back from a 14-point deficit in the first quarter.

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