Cincinnati 23, Arizona 16

Saturday, December 24, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Saturday, December 24, 2011
WHERE: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
TEMPERATURE: 38°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Terry McAulay
ATTENDANCE: 41273

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Arizona 0 0 0 16 16
Cincinnati 10 10 3 0 23

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Arizona 7-8 5-2 2-6 L1
Cincinnati 9-6 4-3 5-3 W2

Recap

Rookie Andy Dalton threw a pair of touchdowns, Mike Nugent kicked three field goals and the Cincinnati Bengals caught a late break in a 23-16 victory over the visiting Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.
 
Dalton threw touchdowns to tight end Jermaine Gresham and Jerome Simpson for the Bengals (9-6), who kept their playoff hopes alive by surviving a furious rally. Cincinnati will claim a wild card berth if it wins next week against AFC North rival Baltimore or the New York Jets lose their final game.
 
The Jets lost to the Giants 29-14 on Saturday afternoon.
 
The Cardinals (7-8) had their four-game winning streak snapped, but not before they gave the Bengals quite the scare. Cincinnati nearly blew a 23-0 fourth-quarter lead. All seven of Arizona’s wins have come after trailing at halftime - and it nearly pulled of another miracle comeback. 
 
John Skelton, who was starting a second straight game in place of Kevin Kolb (concussion), threw touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Jeff King less than four minutes apart.

Jay Feely’s 26-yard field goal cut the deficit to 23-16 with 3:16 remaining.

Skelton then drove Arizona to the Bengals’ 17-yard line with 1:12 left, but the Cardinals turned the ball over on downs when a wide-open Early Doucet slipped on a sure touchdown pass on fourth-and-5.
 
With one last chance, Arizona reached the Cincinnati 34-yard line before time expired.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Arizona   Cincinnati
Beanie Wells Player Cedric Benson
14 Attempts 16
53 Yards 57
3.8 Avg Yards 3.6
0 Touchdowns 0
8 Long 9
Receiving
Arizona   Cincinnati
Larry Fitzgerald Player Jermaine Gresham
6 Receptions 5
105 Yards 56
17.5 Avg Yards 11.2
1 Touchdowns 1
39 Long 12

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Arizona 316 59 257 2 1 0 2.0 2
Cincinnati 301 165 136 2 3 3 5.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Cincinnati will play their next game at home against Baltimore . The Bengals have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play their next game at home against Seattle. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .467 after a win and .467 after a loss.
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