The score stood at 21-14 with the Bengals desperately fighting their complacent selves, and needing any amount of breathing room to offer their torched defense. When they needed a drive, they got it. Dalton led the Bengals down the field once again, and a beautiful play-action pass call to Gresham resulted in another seven points for Cincinnati.
Still, as the Bengals pushed their lead again to three touchdowns, the Colts battled back on a 75 yard drive, keeping Cincinnati on their toes. At that point in the game, ten minutes still remained in the game.
Some notes at this point:
- Andy Dalton is the only quarterback in the league that hasn’t been sacked since Week 10.
- Kevin Huber hit a 70 yard punt in the fourth quarter, following up his award for special teams player of the week.
- This is first time Bengals have scored 40+ points in three straight home games.
- Safety George Iloka suffered a head injury and it was announced that he wouldn’t return.
- Brandon Tate had several nice returns that helped put the Bengals in solid field position on multiple accounts. The Colts kicker also hit several kicks inside the ten yard line.
- Terrence Newman was diagnosed with an injured knee and would not return and may be out for awhile.
And then who to put the game away? Fittingly, Andy Dalton took it in on a bootleg to put the score out of reach at 42-28. The Bengals would go on to win for their sixth straight home victory of the 2013 season.
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