Final Score: Cincinnati 34, Seattle 12
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Brandon Tate's 56-yard punt return for a
touchdown with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Cincinnati
as the Bengals defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 34-12.
With his 65th win, Marvin Lewis moved ahead of Sam Wyche on the all-time
Cincinnati wins list.
Andy Dalton completed 18-of-29 passes for 168 yards, two touchdowns and two
interceptions for Cincinnati (5-2), which won its fourth straight game.
"It was not easy we continue to find ways to win it. We don't make it easy
for ourselves , but we continue to win games," Lewis said.
A.J. Green caught four balls for 63 yards and a score, while Donald Lee had
three receptions for 44 yards.
Bernard Scott carried the ball 22 times for 76 yards.
Charlie Whitehurst started the game for Seattle, but Tarvaris Jackson
replaced him in the second quarter. Jackson was 21-of-40 for 323 yards and
an interception for the Seahawks (2-5), who've lost three of their last four
Sidney Rice hauled in seven passes for 102 yards, Ben Obomanu had four
receptions for 107 yards and Doug Baldwin added 73 yards on five catches.
Dalton completed all five of his pass attempts for 30 yards and Mike Nugent
nailed a 34-yard field goal on Cincinnati's opening 12-play, 58-yard march.
Adam 'Pacman' Jones -- who hadn't played in a game for over a year due to a
herniated disc in his neck -- returned a Seattle punt 63 yards to the
opponent's 26-yard line. But Jones left the game with a right hamstring injury
and did not return. Three plays into the drive, Dalton found Jerome Simpson
for a 14-yard score to make it 10-0 late in the first quarter.
Steven Hauschka knuckled a 47-yard field goal through the uprights on the
first play of the second quarter to bring the Seahawks within 10-3. Zach
Miller had a 17-yard reception and Rice hauled in a 15-yard completion to
highlight the nine-play, 50-yard drive.
Jackson came on for Whitehurst -- who completed 4-of-7 passes for 52 yards --
on Seattle's fourth possession. Marshawn Lynch put the ball on the turf on
the first play of the drive and the Bengals took over at the 31-yard line. But
Cincinnati couldn't take advantage of the miscue as a pair of holding
penalties halted the drive.
Dalton lofted a 43-yard TD pass downfield to Green, who he beat Earl Thomas on
a double move to make it 17-3 with 1:51 to go in the half.
The Seahawks answered with a nine-play 69-yard drive, but they came away empty
handed. Instead of taking the three points, Seattle went for it on 4th-and-2
at the Cincinnati three-yard line with 14 seconds left in the half. Lynch
picked up two yards to the one-yard line for the first down, but time expired.
"I wanted to jam it down there," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. "I
knew where we were. It was totally me , it was my deal. I was thinking about
knocking it in."
With less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter Dalton threw deep
down the right sideline for Green, but Richard Sherman made a leaping
interception as the Seahawks took over at the nine-yard line.
Jackson completed a deep pass down the left sideline to Obomanu for a 55-yard
gain and the Seahawks concluded the nine-play 84-yard drive with a Hauschka
25-yard field goal to make it 17-6.
Kim Chancellor intercepted Dalton on Cincinnati's ensuing possession as he
went deep to Green again down the right sideline and Seattle took over at the
Baldwin hauled in a 31-yard pass down the right sideline and Jackson hit Rice
for a 35-yard gain on the next play to put Seattle in the red zone. Lynch got
in from two yards out three plays later to cap off the seven-play drive. The
two-point try for Obomanu fell incomplete as the Seahawks pulled within 17-12
with 8:55 remaining in the game.
Tate returned the ensuing kickoff 45 yards to the 38-yard line. Scott
had a 16-yard run which led to a Nugent 48-yard field goal to make it a 20-12
After a Seattle three-and-out, Tate made another significant special teams
play, this time running a punt back 56 yards to put the game away.
Reggie Nelson returned a Jackson interception 75 yards for a touchdown with 36
seconds left to conclude the scoring.
Wyche coached the Bengals from 1984-1991...The Bengals recorded their first
win on the West coast since defeating the San Diego Chargers 34-27 on November
23, 2003...Lynch ran for 24 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
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