Bengals vs. Packers: Nominations for Player of the Game

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

We nominate five players after Cincinnati's 34-30 win over the Green Bay Packers. You vote for the MVP and we announce the winner on Tuesday.

Terence Newman: Closed Green Bay's drive with over three minutes remaining in the third quarter when the Packers were near midfield. The interception didn't lead to any points for the Bengals, but it kept Cincinnati within reach for their eventual comeback. Then Newman secured the win with a game-winning fumble return for a touchdown, which was kind of a big deal.

Giovani Bernard: Generated 99 yards from scrimmage. On the ground he averaged five yards per rush on 10 carries, including the game's first touchdown in the first quarter. Bernard added 49 yards through the air, including a 31-yard reception with over 13 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on a possession that eventually ended with a touchdown, reducing Green Bay's lead to three points.

Carlos Dunlap: Dunlap was a monster, on the ground and against the pass. He had seven tackles (third on the team) with five defined as "stops" (failures for the offense). Dunlap added a quarterback sack, two tackles for loss, two hits on the quarterback and two passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter. Dunlap knocked down Aaron Rodger's pass on third and five with 1:29 remaining in the game that setup a fourth down.

Michael Johnson: Possibly the best defensive effort against the Packers, save for Newman's turnovers (obviously). Johnson was tied with Dunlap, generating seven tackles. Johnson added 1.5 quarterback sacks, a tackle for loss, four hits on the quarter, and a forced fumble that sprang Newman's fumble return for a touchdown. Johnson knocked down the final Aaron Rodgers pass on fourth and five to secure Cincinnati's win.

Andy Dalton: Alright, he had two turnovers, which will carry more negative weight than any possible redemption story that he could have written to remove those doubts. Yet, Dalton was gold in the second half, completing 13 of 16 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns; both beautifully thrown passes to A.J. Green and Marvin Jones. Those scores reduced Green Bay's advantage to three points early in the fourth quarter.

Hate him all you want, but the kid was a huge reason why the Bengals secured the comeback win after being down by 16 points. But then, as I'm sure some will remind everyone, the Bengals wouldn't have to have a comeback if not for those turnovers -- even though his interception and fumble led to only six points.

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