NFL Game Summary - Cincinnati at Denver|
(Sunday, September 18th)
Final Score: Denver 24, Cincinnati 22
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Kyle Orton threw for 195 yards and two
touchdowns on 15-of-25 passing and the Denver Broncos defense came up huge at
the end of the game to preserve a 24-22 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cincinnati had the ball at its own five-yard line with just over two minutes
remaining in the game and rookie quarterback Andy Dalton showed poise as he
led the offense as far as Denver's 48-yard line.
Facing a 2nd-and-10, Dalton was sacked and then threw an incompletion on third
down, leaving the Bengals with a 4th-and 19 play and under a minute remaining.
Dalton's final pass also fell incomplete and the Broncos held on for the win.
Eric Decker hauled in five balls for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Willis
McGahee ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 28 attempts for the Broncos
"It's one of the best wins I've ever been a part of, and I've been a part of
a lot of them," Orton said. "This is a great win to battle the way we did.
The defense played great, we ran the football great and made enough plays in
the passing game to get the win."
Dalton had an outstanding day in defeat, throwing for 332 yards and two
touchdowns for the Bengals (1-1). Rookie A.J. Green caught 10 passes for 124
yards and a touchdown and Cedric Benson rushed 16 times for 59 yards.
"It doesn't really matter what I did," Dalton said. "We had a chance, we were
in it right to the end but we have to do a better job of executing when it
Denver received the opening kickoff and wasted little time jumping out to a
7-0 lead. Orton led the offense on a 15-play, 80-yard drive down to the
Bengals' one-yard line before McGahee pounded it into the end zone.
Midway through the second quarter, Cincinnati got on the board after Decker
fumbled and the Bengals recovered the ball on the Denver 41-yard line. Dalton
took the Bengals down to the 14-yard line and Mike Nugent connected on a 45-
yard field goal to get the Bengals within 7-3.
The Broncos extended their lead to 10-3 when Matt Prater nailed a 34-yard
field goal in the dying seconds of the first half.
Coming out of the break, Cincinnati went three-and-out and Denver struck again
on its first possession of the second half. Starting from its own 41, the
Broncos offense moved down the field with ease and Orton found Decker for a
25-yard strike to make it 17-3.
On the Bengals' ensuing possession, Dalton found Green deep over the middle
for a completion of 26 yards. They continued to march down to the Denver 19-
yard line and Nugent connected on a 37-yard field goal attempt to make it
With 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Dalton found Andre Caldwell
in the end zone to cap a six-play, 72-yard march. Cincinnati then went for the
two-point conversion to make it a three-point game, but Dalton's pass was
Nugent converted another field goal, this time from 23 yards out, to close out
the third quarter and pull Cincinnati within 17-15.
Early in the fourth, Denver extended its lead when Orton connected with Decker
on a 52-yard touchdown strike, capping a quick five-play, 80-yard drive to
give Denver a 24-15 advantage.
On the first play of the ensuing Bengals drive, Dalton was sacked for a loss
of 13 yards, but bounced back on the next play, finding Jerome Simpson down
the middle with a deep bomb for 84 yards. The completion took the offense down
to the Denver nine-yard line and Dalton hit Green two plays later for a five-
yard touchdown strike to account for the final margin.
Denver leads the all-time series with Cincinnati, 18-8...Broncos head coach
John Fox is 2-2 in his career against the Bengals, while Bengals coach Marvin
Lewis is 1-4 against Denver...Denver was 5-for-12 on third down, while
Cincinnati converted only one third down in 11 tries.
09/18 20:55:51 ET