Bengals Fall in OT

Halloween was not kind to the Cincinnati Bengals, as they lost to the Miami Dolphins 22-20 in overtime. A safety ended the game. The Bengals looked sluggish all night and trailed 17-3. A 17 point rally, however, gave the Bengals the lead with less than 2 minutes remaining. Miami tied it, and sent the game to overtime. Bengals QB Andy Dalton struggled despite having 338 yards passing. He had three interceptions and was sacked five times, the last of which ended the game. RB Giovani Bernard shined, with 2 TD, including an amazing TD run you can see below.

The Bengals fall to 6-3, and the Dolphins improve to 4-4. Cincinnati remains in first place in the AFC North.

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Bengals Roar in the Lions’ Den

Last week the Bengals won 27-24 against Buffalo on Mike Nugent field goal. This week the Bengals won by the same score in the same fashion. Once again Mike “Cat scratch fever” Nugent kicked a game-winning field goal at time expired to give the Bengals a 27-24 victory in Detroit. The Bengals took a lead with a fantastic throw and catch from Andy Dalton to AJ Green. QB Dalton threw for nearly 400 yards and 3 TD. However the Detroit Lions battled back. WR Calvin Johnson was superb, with two TD catches, including an amazing catch on a Hail Mary from QB Matthew Stafford. The catch was made with three defenders covering Johnson, a highlight play. The score tied the game at 24 before Nugent’s field goal. The Bengals improve to 5-2 and have a 2 game lead in the AFC North, while the Lions fall to 4-3 tied for first place in the NFC North.

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Bengals Move into First Place, Squeak Past Bills

The Cincinnati Bengals move into first place in the AFC North with a win over the Buffalo Bills 27-24 in overtime. Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis was impressive in his second start throwing two TD’s. The Bengals took a 24-10 lead into the 4th quarter. But the Bills burst through the Bengals defense, scoring two TD’s to send the game into OT. A Mike Nugent field goal clinched the victory for Cincinnati. Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 337 yards and 3 TD’s with 1 INT. WR AJ Green aided Dalton with 6 receptions for 103 yards and 1 TD.

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Bengals Win, Upset Patriots

The New England Patriots are no longer undefeated. Cincinnati was able to stifle and limit the New England offense to six total points for the game. Each team had two field goals. While the Patriot defense was also impressive, a second half 4th down TD run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the difference. An interception late in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Bengals. New England drops to 4-1, while Cincinnati improves to 3-2. Tom Brady’s streak of 52 consecutive games with a TD pass was snapped. Cincinnati has not lost at home (3-0) this season.

Ravens Light up the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVII

Score: Baltimore Ravens 34 San Francisco 49ers 31

Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, left, shakes hands with his brother, head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers, after winning Super Bowl XLVII in a close contest.
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Brothers John (left) and Jim (right) Harbaugh shake hands after John’s Ravens win the championship.

Summary: Super Bowl XLVII (47) set up the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens were playing for their second super bowl, while the 49ers were playing for their 6th. The Ravens came out and looked good playing in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Ravens QB Joe Flacco played well throwing his first of 3 TD passes to Anquan Boldin, 7-0 Bal. SF responded with a David Akers field goal, 7-3 Bal. Flacco kept his rhythm going and threw another TD, this time to Dennis Pitta, Bal 14-3. Inside of two minutes in the first half, a huge touchdown pass by Flacco to Jacoby Jones made it 21-3 Bal. Another field goal by David Akers resulted in a 21-6 game at halftime.

Beyonce performed in the Halftime show, bringing back Destiny’s Child with a lot of energy. The energy may have been sucked out of the 49ers, who allowed a 108-yard record-tying kickoff return for a TD, 28-6 Bal.

After a few minutes of non-scoring, the energy in half of the Superdome was sucked out, and the dome was half-out of electricity. Following a 34 minute delay, the 49ers resurged. QB Colin Kaepernick found Michael Crabtree open for a 31 yard TD pass., 28-13 Bal. Then, RB Frank Gore found paydirt on a 6 yard TD run, 28-20 Bal. A third Akers’ field goal made the score 28-23.

The Ravens’ Justin Tucker kicked a FG, Bal 31-23. Kaepernick ran in for a 15 yard score, but the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, Bal. 31-20. After another Tucker field goal (34-29), Kaepernick led his team on a final drive. Near the goalline SF was stopped on fourth down, questionable pass interference that was not called. In the end, Ray Lewis won his second super bowl in his last game, as the Ravens protected the 49’ers surge.

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QB Joe Flacco celebrates his first title.
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Divisional Round


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Ravens 38 Broncos 35 2OT

It took two overtimes and a shootout in high altitude, but the Baltimore Ravens pulled off the upset. It was 35-28 in the 4th quarter with :31 remaining, with the Ravens trailing. QB Joe Flacco fired a hail mary to WR Jacoby Jones, a 70-yard TD strike.  The first overtime period was scoreless, meaning a second overtime was needed (Playoff game). Early in the second OT, the Ravens were able to capitalize off of a interception of QB Peyton Manning in the prior OT, to set up a 47-yard field by Justin Tucker. Tucker sent the kick through the uprights, and sent the Ravens to the AFC Championship.

Patriots 41 Texans 28

The Houston Texans could simply not keep up with the Patriots’ Offense. While the Texans returned the opening kickoff to inside the Pats’ 20, the Texans didn’t have much more momentum. New England scored at will, leading 38-13 at one point.

Falcons 30 Seahawks 28

Falcons were up by twenty, then blew the lead. Atlanta needed a late field goal by K Matt Bryant, to win.

49ers 45 Packers 31

San Francisco QB Colin Kapernick went wild by running for over 180 yards, a single-game record for a QB, leading the 49ers to victory.