Bengals lead Eagles 27-13 early in 4th quarter
Andy Dalton scrambled 11 yards for a touchdown and Wallace Gilberry returned a fumble 25 yards for a score just 49 seconds later, helping the Cincinnati Bengals build a 27-13 lead against the Philadelphia Eagles early in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles snapped a drought of 22 quarters without a turnover by recovering two fumbles in the second. Both led to field goals by Alex Henery, helping Philadelphia to a 13-10 halftime lead.
An interception by Leon Hall set up Dalton's go-ahead TD in the third quarter. Then Gilberry picked up Bryce Brown's fumble and ran it back for an 11-point lead. Josh Brown tacked on a field goal early in the final period.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter for Cincinnati.
Coming off a 20-19 loss to Dallas on a last-second field goal, the Bengals (7-6) looked to rebound against another NFC East opponent.
But the inspired Eagles (4-9) weren't going to be pushovers.
The Bengals entered tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last playoff spot in the AFC. Their game at Pittsburgh next week is far more important in the standings, however. Win or lose against the Eagles, the Bengals still get in by winning their last two games.
The Eagles are playing out the string in a lost season. They beat Tampa Bay on a last-second TD last week to snap an eight-game losing streak.
They'll have to rally again to make it two straight wins.
Hall intercepted Nick Foles' deep pass and returned it 44 yards to the Eagles 40. Foles underthrew Maclin, who was a few steps behind Hall.
A.J. Green made an acrobatic catch for an 11-yard gain on third-and-9 a few plays before Dalton ran for the score to put the Bengals up 17-13.
Foles, who threw for 381 yards to lead that comeback against the Bucs, hit Riley Cooper on an 11-yard TD pass to cut it to 10-7. Foles connected with Maclin on a 46-yard pass during the drive.
An unnecessary roughness penalty on Adam ''Pacman'' Jones a few plays later gave the Eagles a first down at the 3, but Foles threw three straight incomplete passes. Henery kicked a 22-yard field goal to tie it at 10.
After the two-minute warning, Cullen Jenkins sacked Dalton and knocked the ball away. Darryl Tapp recovered and ran 4 yards to the Bengals 12. But the drive stalled at the 1 and Henery kicked a 20-yarder for the lead.
Foles made his fifth straight start for Michael Vick, who just returned to practice this week after sustaining a concussion on Nov. 11.
Just two plays in, the Eagles committed their league-leading 30th turnover. Maclin, who caught the winning TD against the Buccaneers, fumbled after a 6-yard catch. Carlos Dunlap recovered and the Bengals started at the Eagles 44. Green-Ellis ran 29 yards on first down and scored a few plays later for a 7-0 lead.
It got uglier for Philadelphia on the next possession. Mat McBriar punted into his own blocker, Daniel Herron picked it up and ran 3 yards to the Eagles 11. But Graham sacked Dalton and Cincinnati settled for Brown's 24-yard field goal that made it 10-0.
The Eagles were again without running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Brent Celek also sat out. Both players also are recovering from concussions. McCoy missed his fourth straight game, but returned to practice this week with Vick.
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