Bengals 34

(8-6, 5-2 away)

Eagles 13

(4-10, 2-5 home)

Coverage: NFL

8:20 PM ET, December 13, 2012

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 10 0 14 1034
PHI 0 13 0 013

Top Performers

Passing: N. Foles (PHI) - 180 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Green-Ellis (CIN) - 25 CAR, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Maclin (PHI) - 4 REC, 73 YDS

Bengals force 5 turnovers, roll past sloppy Eagles

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Now the Cincinnati Bengals can focus on that other Pennsylvania team.

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 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.

"We've got nothing to celebrate here," coach Marvin Lewis said. "But we won and we do have some time to get ready for Pittsburgh."

The Bengals will clinch their second straight playoff berth with a win over the Steelers if Pittsburgh loses at Dallas this Sunday. A loss to the Steelers, though, likely would ruin Cincinnati's chances because it would lose the tiebreaker.

"Our goal is to win games. Period. We did that. Doesn't matter how we got there," cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones said. "We can be better. We can be higher. And that's what we take from this game. Listen, we all know we need to play better as a defense next week. Because we have ourselves a big one next week."

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 season after losing the Super Bowl to New England.

There were plenty of empty seats at the Linc, where 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. But the Eagles will miss the playoffs for the second straight year, and owner Jeffrey Lurie already said 8-8 would be "unacceptable."

"Five turnovers, 31 points. That says it all," Reid said. "Guys played hard, but you can't have those turnovers. You have to take care of the ball. Guys have to do it. I take full responsibility for them."

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 minutes, 23 seconds.

"We realize what's at stake here, and we know we needed to put some football plays together," Lewis said. "We put ourselves at risk tonight, but we made plays when we needed to. We were able to get some things going with the turnovers, and that definitely helped. We redirected some things at halftime and got everyone on the same page."

The Eagles committed three turnovers on three straight possessions at one point and then fumbled a kickoff when defensive lineman Cedric Thornton let the ball fall through his hands on a short kick.

After beating Tampa Bay on a last-second TD last week to snap an eight-game losing streak, the Eagles tried to make it two in a row. Turnovers got in their way again. They have committed an NFL-high 34 and forced just 12 all season.

The Eagles snapped a drought of 22 quarters without a turnover by recovering two fumbles in the second. Both led to field goals by Alex Henery, helping Philadelphia to a 13-10 halftime lead.

Rookie Nick Foles made his fifth straight start for Michael Vick, who just returned to practice this week after sustaining a concussion Nov. 11. Foles threw for 182 yards, one TD and one interception.

Down 13-10, the Bengals started their rally with a turnover.

Hall intercepted Foles' deep pass and returned it 44 yards to the Eagles' 40. Foles underthrew Jeremy Maclin, who was a few steps behind Hall.

"I feel really good anytime I have one of our receivers vertical on a guy," Foles said. "I just have to get the ball out there and make a better throw."

Green made an acrobatic catch for an 11-yard gain on third-and-9 a few plays before Dalton ran for the score to put the Bengals up 17-13.

Foles, who threw for 381 yards to lead that comeback against the Bucs, hit Riley Cooper on an 11-yard TD pass to cut it to 10-7. Foles connected with Maclin on a 46-yard pass during the drive.

The Eagles then forced their first turnover since Nov. 5 against New Orleans. Brandon Graham sacked Dalton, the ball popped loose and Trent Cole recovered at the Bengals 29.

"We win as a team; we lose as a team," said Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who replaced Juan Castillo after six games. "We lost as a team today."

Just two plays in, Maclin fumbled after a 6-yard catch. Carlos Dunlap recovered, and the Bengals started at the Eagles' 44. Green-Ellis ran 29 yards on first down and scored a few plays later for a 7-0 lead.

It got uglier for Philadelphia on the next possession. Mat McBriar punted into his own blocker, and Dan Herron picked it up and ran 3 yards to the Eagles 11. But Graham sacked Dalton, and Cincinnati settled for Brown's 24-yard field goal that made it 10-0.

The Eagles were again without running back LeSean McCoy, and tight end Brent Celek also sat out. Both players are recovering from concussions. McCoy missed his fourth straight game but returned to practice this week with Vick.

Game notes

Green-Ellis surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for second time in his career. He did it with New England in 2010. ... The Eagles had a season-high six sacks. They have eight in two games since defensive line coach Jim Washburn was fired and had 20 in the first 12 games. ... Bowles confirmed he interviewed for the coaching vacancy at Temple, his alma mater.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1810
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays7453
Total Yards249219
Yards per play3.44.1
Total Drives1614
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

cinTD11:13Benjarvus Green-Ellis 1 Yard Run (Josh Brown Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 44 yds, 3:01
cinFG7:55Josh Brown 24 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 1:59
phiTD11:46Riley Cooper 11 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 64 yds, 1:38
phiFG7:40Alex Henery 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 26 yds, 2:04
phiFG0:20Alex Henery 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 11 yds, 1:35
cinTD1:16Andy Dalton 11 Yard Run (Josh Brown Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 40 yds, 4:34
cinTD0:30Wallace Gilberry 25 Yard Fumble Return (Josh Brown Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 2 yds, 0:49
cinFG14:16Josh Brown 32 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, -1 yds, 0:53
cinTD12:50A.J. Green 5 Yard Pass From Andy Dalton (Josh Brown Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 33 yds, 1:25

Research Notes

BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 79 rushing yards before contact Thursday, the second-most he has had in a game during the last four seasons. Entering Thursday, The Eagles had allowed the third-fewest yards before contact per rush (2.3) in the NFL.
The Bengals defense sent four or fewer pass rushers on 27 of Nick Foles' 35 dropbacks Thursday. With standard pressure they held Foles to 5.2 yards per attempt and allowed a 52.0 completion percentage, their lowest of the season.
The Eagles ran 10 offensive plays from scrimmage in the third quarter Thursday, turning it over three times and losing yardage on another three plays. Those three turnovers came in the Eagles' final four offensive plays of the third quarter.
The Bengals limited the Eagles to less than 1.0 yards before contact per rush Thursday. The Bengals have held each of their last three opponents to under 50 yards rushing, becoming the first team this season to hold three consecutive opponents to fewer than 50 rushing yards each.
Andy Dalton was 2-12 for 23 yards on throws of more than five yards downfield, including 0-4 on throws of 15 or more yards. Entering Thursday, Dalton had completed at least six passes traveling more than five yards downfield in every game this season.

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