1:00 PM ET, December 27, 2009
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
CINCINNATI -- The head coach was dry as he ran off the field after clinching a title -- no celebratory sideline dousing. Players' eyes were dry, too -- all the tears had been wrung out.In their finest moment, the Cincinnati Bengals didn't act like champions. Maybe it was the ugly way they won. Maybe those tearful practices and wrenching eulogies had something to do with it as well.Either way, they were in the playoffs.
• The Bengals won their fifth straight at home, earned 10 wins for the first time since 2005 and snapped a two-game losing streak.
• Cedric Benson had his sixth game with 100-plus yards rushing this season.
• Carson Palmer threw for two touchdowns, giving him 21 TD passes this season. That's his fourth season of 20-plus TD passes.
• The Chiefs lost their fifth consecutive game.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Playing on his 23rd birthday, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles carried 24 times for 102 yards, his fourth 100-yard game this season. Charles won the starting job after Johnson was released. ... Bengals rookie LB Rey Maualuga broke his left ankle late in the first quarter, a blow to one of the league's stingiest defenses. ... Benson set a team record with his sixth 100-yard game.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.5||4.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-1||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||1:42||Shayne Graham 29 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 4 plays, -4 yds, 0:45
|FG||0:09||Ryan Succop 30 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 13 plays, 69 yds, 1:33
|TD||9:16||Laveranues Coles 10 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 5:50
|TD||15:00||Tim Castille 20 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 49 yds, 2:23
|TD||2:05||Chad Ochocinco 6 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 98 yds, 7:18