7:00 PM ET, August 25, 2011
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
CINCINNATI -- Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton took a step back on his road to NFL stardom.Cincinnati's Andy Dalton, another rookie, took a huge leap forward.Dalton, Cincinnati's second-round draft pick from Texas Christian, led four first-half scoring drives and the Bengals held on for a 24-13 preseason victory Thursday night.Dalton was an efficient 11 of 17 for 130 yards and a touchdown for Cincinnati (1-2), putting together a 107.5 quarterback rating, a vast improvement over the 30.9 figure he took into the game. He credited a running game that finished with 191 yards, 63 in the first quarter, which he said helped open up the passing game.Cedric Benson gained 68 yards on 16 carries, all in the first half, and Bernard Scott gained all 63 of his yards on six carries in the second quarter.
Gamble, an Ohio State product, left the game in the second quarter with a dislocated thumb and did not return. "They put it back in," Rivera said. "He'll get it treated, and he should be back." ... Bengals TE Bo Scaife left the game in the first two minutes with a right shoulder injury. He did not return. ... Nugent's 55-yard field goal doesn't count in the team record books, but it matched the official record -- Chris Bahr's kick against the then-Houston Oilers on Sept. 23, 1979. ... The attendance was announced at 41,735 in 65,515-seat Paul Brown Stadium.
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|TD||6:27||Cam Newton 16 Yard Run (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 46 yds, 3:31
|TD||13:00||Cedric Benson 1 Yard Run (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yds, 8:22
|TD||7:50||A.J. Green 40 Yard Pass From Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 63 yds, 1:45
|TD||1:35||Bernard Scott 12 Yard Run (Thomas Weber Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 38 yds, 2:48
|FG||0:13||Mike Nugent 55 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 37 yds, 0:43
|FG||11:11||Olindo Mare 42 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 35 yds, 3:54
|FG||7:44||Olindo Mare 38 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 5 plays, 12 yds, 1:42
Cam Newton: 16-yard Rush TD for 7-0 Panthers lead in 1st quarter. During the 2010 regular season, the Panthers did not have a rush TD from their quarterbacks.
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