Denver 31, Cincinnati 23

Sunday, November 4, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, November 4, 2012
WHERE: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Denver 3 7 7 14 31
Cincinnati 0 3 10 10 23

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Denver 5-3 3-1 2-2 W3
Cincinnati 3-5 1-3 2-2 L4


Broncos 31, Bengals 23:
Peyton Manning threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns - including the go-ahead score to tight end Joel Dreessen early in the fourth quarter - as visiting Denver handed Cincinnati its fourth straight loss.

Trindon Holliday returned the second-half kickoff a franchise-record 105 yards for the AFC-West leading Broncos (5-3), who have won three straight games. Manning shook off a pair of third-quarter interceptions and improved to 8-0 against the Bengals (3-5).

Terence Newman's second interception set up BenJarvus Green-Ellis' 2-yard touchdown run, which put the Bengals ahead for the first time at 20-17 with 14:19 remaining in the fourth. But less than three minutes later, Manning, who finished 27-of-35, responded by leading a five-play, 80-yard drive with laser-like precision.

After Manning's deep pass to Demaryius Thomas drew a pass interference call in the end zone, he hit Dreessen for the go-ahead score with just under 12 minutes left in the fourth.

Champ Bailey intercepted Andy Dalton on the ensuing series and Eric Decker's second touchdown catch - a 4-yarder - made it 31-20 with 3:36 to play. Dalton finished 26-of-42 for 299 yards and star wideout A.J. Green scored for a seventh straight game.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Broncos led a 10-3 at the half after Manning capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Decker. Manning was 5-of-5 for 73 yards and the highlight of the drive was a perfectly thrown 45-yard pass to Thomas. Thomas leads the NFL with 12 receptions of 25 yards or more. ... Broncos LB Von Miller had two of his three sacks in the first half. ... Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham had six catches for a career-high 108 yards.

Top Game Performances

Denver   Cincinnati
Willis McGahee Player BenJarvus Green-Ellis
23 Attempts 17
66 Yards 56
2.9 Avg Yards 3.3
0 Touchdowns 1
12 Long 6
Denver   Cincinnati
Eric Decker Player Jermaine Gresham
8 Receptions 6
99 Yards 108
12.4 Avg Yards 18.0
2 Touchdowns 0
30 Long 52

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Denver 359 68 291 4 1 1 5.0 0
Cincinnati 366 91 275 2 3 2 0.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Cincinnati will play their next game at home against N.Y. Giants . The Bengals have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .375 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Broncos have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .625 after a loss.