Final

Colts 28

(8-5, 4-3 away)

Bengals 42

(9-4, 6-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 8, 2013

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 0 0 14 1428
CIN 7 7 14 1442

Top Performers

Passing: A. Luck (IND) - 326 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: G. Bernard (CIN) - 12 CAR, 99 YDS

Receiving: D. Rogers (IND) - 6 REC, 107 YDS, 2 TD

Andy Dalton, Bengals romp, but Colts still clinch AFC South

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- A disputed call went the Bengals' way -- not that they absolutely needed it.

Getting Andy Dalton back in form was quite enough.

Dalton regained his passing touch in time to keep the Bengals perfect at home and in control of the AFC North on Sunday. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in a 42-28 victory over Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

The Bengals (9-4) kept their firm grip on first place, two games ahead of Baltimore with three to play.

"We're on a roll," middle linebacker Rey Maualuga said. "At the beginning of the year, we had three goals. We wanted to be undefeated at home, win the AFC North and eventually be world champions.

"We're close to the goals we wanted to get to. We've got to be good from here out."

It had been a while since Dalton was this good.

He was the AFC's offensive player for October, but hadn't put together a consistent game since. He was as good as ever on Sunday, helping the Bengals improve to 6-0 at Paul Brown Stadium on a cold, windy day -- 28 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill of 19.

"We know what we're capable of, and we've got some momentum now," said Dalton, who was 24-of-35 for 275 yards without a sack or interception. "But we've got to keep it going."

BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs -- one of them on a review that overturned a call -- as the Bengals got ahead 21-0 and held on.

The Colts (8-5) had another slow start in the cold, falling behind 21-0 before Luck threw four touchdown passes to keep them close. They never caught up as Dalton got the better of a head-to-head matchup of up-and-coming quarterbacks from Texas.

Despite the loss, the Colts clinched the AFC South later Sunday when Denver beat Tennessee 51-28.

Indianapolis is in good shape to make the playoffs but has some major concerns. The Colts were drubbed 40-11 in Arizona two games ago and needed Adam Vinatieri's five field goals to beat Tennessee 22-14 last week.

"We've got some things to clean up, but we certainly came down here with the mindset that we wanted to win this football game and certainly win the division that way," coach Chuck Pagano said.

The Bengals are having their best season at home since 1988, when they won all eight regular-season home games and two playoff games on the way to a second Super Bowl appearance and loss to San Francisco.

They're in position to clinch their first AFC North title since 2009 with two home games in the last three weeks.

Dalton was sharp from the outset, completing 6-of-7 for 81 yards on the Bengals' first drive, including a 29-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones. The Colts have been outscored 49-9 in the first quarters of their past six games.

The Bengals got a pivotal touchdown on a reversed call with 1:06 left in the first half.

They went for it on fourth down from the Colts 1-yard line. Green-Ellis took the handoff and appeared to get tripped by nose tackle Josh Chapman, who dived into the backfield and swiped at his feet.

"I hit his foot when he came through," said Chapman, who started celebrating his play.

Green-Ellis said he felt someone trip him. He stumbled ahead, avoided a couple of defenders, landed at the 1-yard line and slid into the end zone. He was initially ruled down, but the Bengals were awarded a touchdown after a review.

The review focused only on whether a defender touched Green-Ellis as he fell near the goal line, not whether Chapman had tripped him in the backfield, referee Jeff Triplette said.

"We looked at the goal line, (those) were the shots that we looked at," Triplette said.

Trailing 21-0, Luck finally rallied the Colts.

He completed a slant pass that Da'Rick Rogers took 69 yards for a touchdown and another short pass that LaVon Brazill turned into a 19-yard touchdown, slipping through the hands of six defenders.

Dalton and the Bengals never let the Colts get closer than seven points.

Game notes


The Bengals moved 2012 Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth to left guard, and right guard Kevin Zeitler was out of the lineup for the third straight game because of injury. The Colts were missing guards Hugh Thornton and Jeff Linkenbach. ... Colts RB Chris Rainey will get an MRI on an injured ankle. ... The Bengals have scored 49, 41 and 42 points in their past three home games, the first time they've scored at least 40 in three straight at home. ... RB Giovani Bernard had 99 yards on 12 carries, coming up a yard short of the first 100-yard rushing game by a Bengal this season. He also had 49 yards on four catches.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
CIN
1st Downs2128
Passing 1st downs
1714
Rushing 1st downs
29
1st downs from penalties
25
3rd down efficiency
2-106-12
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays5870
Total Yards389430
Yards per play6.76.1
Total Drives1213
Passing326275
Comp-Att
29-4624-35
Yards per pass
7.17.9
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-00-0
Rushing63155
Rushing Attempts
1235
Yards per rush
5.34.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-25-5
Penalties6-477-60
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession22:1537:45

Passing Leaders

INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Luck29/463267.1400-0
CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Dalton24/352757.9300-0

Rushing Leaders

INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Luck23216.0029
Richardson6203.308
CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bernard12998.3020
Green-Ellis17482.826

Receiving Leaders

INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rogers610717.8269
Richardson56813.6022
CINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green67212.0122
Jones36020.0129

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDCIN
cinTD8:11Marvin Jones 29 Yard Pass From Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 83 yds, 5:22
07
SECOND QUARTERINDCIN
cinTD1:14Benjarvus Green-Ellis 1 Yard Run (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yds, 3:54
014
THIRD QUARTERINDCIN
cinTD10:45Benjarvus Green-Ellis 1 Yard Run (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:19
021
indTD10:09Da'Rick Rogers 69 Yard Pass From Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 74 yds, 0:44
721
indTD6:30Lavon Brazill 19 Yard Pass From Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 48 yds, 1:02
1421
cinTD3:12Jermaine Gresham 1 Yard Pass From Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 60 yds, 3:15
1428
FOURTH QUARTERINDCIN
cinTD13:30A.J. Green 9 Yard Pass From Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 59 yds, 3:25
1435
indTD9:54Lavon Brazill 29 Yard Pass From Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yds, 3:37
2135
cinTD4:10Andy Dalton 8 Yard Run (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yds, 3:15
2142
indTD1:24Da'Rick Rogers 2 Yard Pass From Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yds, 2:43
2842

Research Notes

Andrew Luck threw all four touchdowns to LaVon Brazill or Da'Rick Rogers, completing 9-of-13 passes for 160 yards and four touchdowns targeting the duo. Luck hadn't targeted Rogers all season before Sunday, who had 63 yards after the catch on a 69-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
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Andy Dalton's Total QBR was 89.2 against the Colts. In his previous 4 games combined it was 15.4.
Andy Dalton was fantastic against added pressure Sunday, completing 15-of-17 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns as well as an 8-yard scramble touchdown against at least five pass rushers. Dalton's 30.1 Total QBR against the blitz ranked 28th in the NFL entering Sunday.
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Andrew Luck became the third player in Colts history with 300 passing yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He's the only one to do so in a losing effort.
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Andy Dalton is 6-for-7 for 82 yards and a touchdown against at least five pass rushers in the first half. Dalton's 30.1 Total QBR against added pressure ranked 28th among qualified quarterbacks entering Sunday.

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