Denver 24, Cincinnati 22

Date - 4:15 PM EST, Sunday, September 18, 2011
Location - Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Temperature - 69°
Head Official - Ed Hochuli
Attendance - 73281

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 0 3 12 7 22
Denver 7 3 7 7 24

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cincinnati 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1
Denver 0-0 0-0 0-0 W1


Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes to Eric Decker in the second half as the injury-riddled Denver Broncos nearly blew a 14-point lead but held on for a 24-22 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Orton improved to 22-10 as a starter in his career at home as the Broncos (1-1) won their fourth in a row over the Bengals and ninth straight over them at home dating to 1975.

Rookie Andy Dalton was 24 of 34 for 298 yards and two touchdowns for the Bengals (1-1), who were trying for their first 2-0 start since 2005.

The Broncos’ defense sealed the victory with a stop on fourth-and-19 at the Bengals 43 with 23 seconds left.

Denver backup quarterback Tim Tebow saw his first action of the season – as an emergency wide receiver. He lined up for a handful of plays, but was not involved in any of them.

Five Denver starters missed Sunday’s game, including wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who was a late scratch. That left only three healthy receivers, including Eddie Royal, who left the game with a groin injury in the first half.

The Broncos led 17-3 following Decker’s 25-yard touchdown early in the third quarter before the Bengals scored 13 unanswered points, highlighted by Dalton’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell.

After Decker’s 52-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter, Dalton answered with a 5-yard scoring pass to rookie A.J. Green to make it 24-22 with 11:23 to go.

Denver's Willis McGahee, who started in place of the injured Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), had 101 yards and a touchdown.

Top Game Performances

Cincinnati   Denver
Cedric Benson Player Willis McGahee
16 Attempts 28
59 Yards 101
3.7 Avg Yards 3.6
0 Touchdowns 1
14 Long 12
Cincinnati   Denver
Jerome Simpson Player Eric Decker
4 Receptions 5
136 Yards 113
34.0 Avg Yards 22.6
0 Touchdowns 2
84 Long 52

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Cincinnati 382 72 310 2 3 0 2.0 2
Denver 318 131 187 3 1 0 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Denver will play their next game on the road against Tennessee. The Broncos have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Cincinnati will play their next game at home against San Francisco. The Bengals have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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