Final

Colts 17

(0-6, 0-3 away)

Bengals 27

(4-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 16, 2011

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 0 7 0 1017
CIN 7 3 10 727

Top Performers

Passing: A. Dalton (CIN) - 264 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Benson (CIN) - 16 CAR, 57 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Simpson (CIN) - 6 REC, 101 YDS

Blocked field goal helps Bengals fend off Colts, match last year's win total

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- With a game and its reputation on the line, the NFL's top-ranked defense wasn't going to let one get away in the closing minutes.

Especially not against a Colts team that has become stunningly adept at giving them away.

Cornerback Nate Clements blocked a late field goal try that would have tied the game, and Carlos Dunlap returned a fumble 35 yards for the clinching score Sunday, helping the Cincinnati Bengals hold on for a 27-17 victory that kept Indianapolis winless.

"That was nerve-racking," Bengals receiver A.J. Green said. "I'm glad we have a bye week now. I need it for my heart."

The Bengals (4-2) matched their victory total from last season and ended a seven-game losing streak against the Colts, who had never lost to Cincinnati with Peyton Manning at quarterback. It was the third week in a row that the Bengals broke a long losing streak against an opponent.

Now, they head into their bye week with their first three-game winning streak in two years.

"I feel we can be as good as we want to be," Dunlap said. "We've got the guys in place to go as far as we want to go."

The question for the Colts is how low they will go. Manning was on the sideline again Sunday, watching helplessly as the Colts fell to 0-6 for the fifth time in franchise history.

"Each game, we're in it in the fourth quarter and something happens," defensive back Jerraud Powers said. "Something dramatic happens."

Curtis Painter rallied Indianapolis from a 20-7 deficit in the second half, getting the Colts in range for Adam Vinatieri's 52-yard field goal try to tie with 5:38 left. Clements came around the end of the line and swatted it away.

That dramatic play was quickly followed by another. After the Bengals missed a field goal, Pierre Garcon was stripped of the ball as he tried to get extra yards after a catch, with the ball flying directly to Dunlap nearby.

"I have no clue what happened," said Dunlap, who outran offensive linemen to reach the end zone. "I don't know how it came out, but I saw it coming down to me."

It was the second straight Bengals win capped by a defensive lineman celebrating in the end zone. Geno Atkins' 10-yard fumble return completed a 30-20 victory in Jacksonville a week earlier.

Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton put together an impressive performance against the Colts' hard-charging defense. He was 25 of 32 for 264 yards and one touchdown without a sack, completing 13 straight throws over one stretch.

"Coming into the season, we weren't getting much credit," Dalton said. "As a team, we have the attitude that we're going to go out and prove everyone wrong. We've played well, and we've been in every game we've played."

Clements got it going by stripping Dallas Clark of the ball on Painter's first completion, setting up Dalton's 11-yard touchdown pass to Green.

The Colts' mess of an offense took two more hits Sunday.

Already missing Manning, the Colts also were without injured running back Joseph Addai and left tackle Anthony Castonzo. Indianapolis had to shuffle its line, moving Jeff Linkenbach from right to left tackle. Guard Ryan Diem, hobbled by an ankle injury, moved from guard to right tackle.

Not a good way to go against the NFL's top-ranked defense.

Still, the Colts had a chance at the end.

Painter's 1-yard touchdown pass to Clark cut it to 20-17 with 9:33 left. He would get them in range for the tying field goal, only to have Clements -- a free agent acquisition who replaced Johnathan Joseph -- slap it away. Dunlap's fumble return with 2:22 to go ended Indy's chances.

Painter was 23 of 34 for 188 yards with his first interception in 115 attempts.

Game notes


Colts LB A.J. Edds left the game in the third quarter and was evaluated for a possible concussion. ... Nugent's miss from 43 yards into a swirling wind snapped his streak of 13 straight field goals to start the season. ... It was the Bengals' first blocked field goal since Antwan Odom blocked Kris Brown's try on Oct. 18, 2009 against Houston.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
CIN
1st Downs1817
Passing 1st downs
1012
Rushing 1st downs
74
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
6-126-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays5863
Total Yards273358
Yards per play4.75.7
Total Drives1012
Passing179264
Comp-Att
23-3425-32
Yards per pass
5.18.3
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-90-0
Rushing9494
Rushing Attempts
2331
Yards per rush
4.13.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-22-4
Penalties2-1111-111
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession26:2433:36

Passing Leaders

INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Painter23/341885.5111-9
CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Dalton25/322648.3100-0

Rushing Leaders

INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Carter14453.209
Brown5357.0118
CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Benson16573.619
Scott11292.609

Receiving Leaders

INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wayne55811.6022
Clark6538.8117
CINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simpson610116.8032
Green55110.2122

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDCIN
cinTD9:25A.J. Green 11 Yard Pass From Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 44 yds, 2:16
07
SECOND QUARTERINDCIN
indTD11:22Donald Brown 18 Yard Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yds, 4:08
77
cinFG0:03Mike Nugent 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 5:56
710
THIRD QUARTERINDCIN
cinTD10:30Cedric Benson 1 Yard Run (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 52 yds, 2:59
717
cinFG2:25Mike Nugent 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 56 yds, 6:00
720
FOURTH QUARTERINDCIN
indFG15:00Adam Vinatieri 46 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 52 yds, 2:24
1020
indTD9:38Dallas Clark 1 Yard Pass From Curtis Painter (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yds, 4:14
1720
cinTD2:36Carlos Dunlap 35 Yard Fumble Return (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 74 yds, 3:02
1727

Research Notes

Coming into Week 6, Andy Dalton had struggled on throws of 11 or more yards downfield, with a 46.0 completion percentage and four interceptions. On Sunday against the Colts, Dalton was perfect over this distance, going 5 for 5 and throwing his only touchdown of the game to A.J. Green.

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