It took awhile, but the Bengals finally got things going again in the right direction, and it paid off with a hard fought 20-13 win over the St.Louis Rams.
Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott both ran for touchdowns in the second half, as the Bengals keep their playoff hopes intact with the win.
Andy Dalton completed 15-of-26 passes for 179 yards and threw one interception for the Bengals (8-6), who avoided a third straight loss. “We started a little slow, but we were able to get the win in the end and that’s all that matters,” Dalton said.
Cincinnati remains in a battle for the AFC’s second wild card spot, and even got some help with the Colts beating the Titans to drop Tennessee to 7-7.
The Bengals got a big day from rookie WR A.J. Green, who had six catches for 115 yards to top 1,000 yards and the Bengals held an offense led by a quarterback still learning his own team’s personnel to 2 for 13 on third downs in the 7-point win.
Cincinnati was among three teams that entered a game behind the Jets, who lost to the Eagles, for the final AFC wild-card berth. The Bengals closed it out when Tate fielded Josh Brown’s onside kick with 1:08 left and are at home the rest of the way against the Cardinals and Ravens.
“If we finish strong, we’ll give ourselves a chance,” cornerback Nate Clements said. “Guys are going to be focused on the opponent at hand.”
Green caught a 55-yarder from Andy Dalton to set up a field goal for the game’s first score. He has 1,006 yards receiving, leaving him 3 shy of Cris Collinsworth’s franchise rookie record in 1981.
The Bengals need to keep winning, as they host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at 1pm.
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