Bengals beat Eagles 34-13
BY ROB MAADDI Associated Press
Friday, December 14, 2012
12/14/12 at 6:04 AM
PHILADELPHIA - One Pennsylvania team down, one to go for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, an opportunistic defense forced five turnovers and Cincinnati beat the Philadelphia Eagles 34-13 on Thursday night.
The Bengals (8-6) took a half-game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) for the last playoff spot in the AFC. But their game at Pittsburgh next week is far more important in the standings than this one.
The Bengals would clinch their second straight playoff berth with a win over the Steelers if Pittsburgh loses to Dallas this Sunday. A loss to the Steelers, though, likely would ruin Cincinnati's chances.
The Eagles' season was lost a long time ago. They fell to 4-10, losing double-digit games for the first time since 2005, the year after losing the Super Bowl to New England.
There were plenty of empty seats at the Linc, where many fans are hoping this is Andy Reid's final season as coach. Reid led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six division titles and five NFC championship games in his first 13 years.
An interception by Leon Hall set up Dalton's go-ahead 11-yard TD run in the third quarter. Then Wallace Gilberry picked up Bryce Brown's fumble and ran it back 25 yards for another score and an 11-point lead.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 106 yards, including a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter for Cincinnati. Dalton tossed a 5-yard TD pass to A.J. Green in the fourth to cap a 24-point outburst in a span of 3:23.
Rookie Nick Foles made his fifth straight start for Michael Vick, who just returned to practice this week after sustaining a concussion on Nov. 11.
Foles threw for 182 yards, one TD and one interception.
Bengals 34, Eagles 13
Cin: Green-Ellis 1 run (Brown kick), 11:10.
Cin: FG Brown 24, 7:51.
Phi: Cooper 11 pass from Foles (Henery kick), 11:40.
Phi: FG Henery 22, 7:37.
Phi: FG Henery 20, :17.
Cin: Dalton 11 run (Brown kick), 1:10.
Cin: Gilberry 25 fumble return (Brown kick), :21.
Cin: FG Brown 32, 14:12.
Cin: Green 5 pass from Dalton (Brown kick), 12:47.
Total Net Yards||249||221|
Time of Possession||37:40||22:20|
Rushing: Cincinnati, Green-Ellis 25-106, Dalton 8-18, M.Jones 1-10, Hawkins 1-9, Herron 3-8, Leonard 2-6, Tate 1-0. Philadelphia, Brown 16-34, Foles 2-5, Lewis 1-3.
Passing: Cincinnati, Dalton 13-27-0-127. Philadelphia, Foles 16-33-1-182.
Receiving: Cincinnati, Gresham 6-63, Green 6-57, Leonard 1-7. Philadelphia, Maclin 4-73, Avant 3-44, Harbor 3-30, Cooper 3-20, Brown 1-11, Havili 1-8, Lewis 1-(minus 4).
Missed field goals: None.
Original Print Headline: Bengals thrash Eagles, 34-13
Cincinnati's Carlos Dunlap knocks the ball out of the hands of Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin Thursday. The Bengals beat the Eagles 34-13. DAVID MAIALETTI/ Philadelphia Daily News/AP