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Deja Nu: Bengals win again on Nugent's foot
DETROIT (WKRC) -- Same score. Same finish. The Bengals did it again, in the same fashion.
The first half was not the best half of football the Bengals have played all season. For starters, the Lions possessed the football for over 22 minutes of the 30 minute first half, but the Bengals walked into the locker room at halftime with the 14-10 lead. The Bengals made the most oft he seven minutes they had the ball, with A.J. Green hauling in a 82 yard reception before most of the Ford Field patrons were in their seats, while Marvin Jones hauled in his second touchdown in as many weeks right before the half.
In between, the Lions were methodical, eating up clock and sustaining drives, but only having ten points to show for it. On their only touchdown drive of the first half, Bengals cornerback Leon Hall exiting the game after preventing Calvin Johnson from making a touchdown catch. Initial reports indicating that Hall injured his left achilles tendon on the play. Detroit converted the touchdown later in the drive when quarterback Matt Stafford found Brandon Pettegrew for his first score of the season.
Cincinnati saw a ten point swing in their favor when Carlos Dunlap blocked a David Akers field goal attempt late in the second quarter. The block and ensuing return leading to the Jones touchdown right before the halftime whistle.
Taking a four point lead into the second half, Cincinnati made it a two-possession game when rookie tight end Tyler Eifert hauled in the first touchdown of his professional career, bumping the Bengal lead to 11. Then, Stafford and Calvin Johnson took over. The duo combining for two second half touchdowns, leading to a 24-24 tie late in the game. In the process, Stafford throwing for over three hundred yards, the first time the Bengals have allowed a quarterback to eclipse that mark in 21 games.
The Bengals had a chance to throw the go-ahead score on the board as the clock neared the two minute mark, but a critical false start penalty on Jermaine Gresham turned a 3rd and 1 into a 3rd and 6. The ensuing play, Dalton fell victim to Ndukamong Suh, who registered the first sack of the game, ending the Bengals chances on the drive. But the Bengals defense would hold, and the offense would get another chance.
Much like the Buffalo game a week ago, Mike Nugent was the hero. After kicking the game winner in the extra frame against the Bills, Nugent did it again--splitting the uprights as time expired, giving the Bengals the 27-24 victory.
Stay with Local 12 and Local 12.com for all the latest on the Bengals fifth victory of the season. Be sure to join Brad Johansen on the Sports Authority for complete coverage after the Local 12 News.
PHOTO: DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 20, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)