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20 January, 2020 03:28
Cincinnati needed Clayton Fejedelem‘s pinch-hitting skills Sunday.He delivered with the perfect swing.The Bengals’ backup safety jarred the ball loose from Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle with less than 35 seconds left in the game. Fejedelem scooped up the loose ball and sprinted down the sideline to end Andrew Luck‘s comeback hopes with an 83-yard touchdown return to preserve the Bengals’ 34-23 victory.“Really lucky he just turned Damien Harris NFL Jersey , presented his chest and I saw the ball,” Fejedelem said. “I just tried to get down there and do whatever I could. It just kind of popped and the rest is history.”It was an unlikely performance in the most unlikely circumstance.Fejedelem was pressed into service only after starting safety Shawn Williams became the first player this season to be ejected following a helmet-to-helmet hit on Luck.Fortunately for the Bengals, Fejedelem was ready for anything thrown his way.He entered the game with 25 tackles in his first two NFL seasons, but finished with 10 tackles Sunday and even seemed to choreograph the head-first dive to cap his first NFL score.The victory ended Cincinnati’s eight-game losing streak in Indy, gave the Bengals their fourth win in the past five openers and ended Luck’s last gasp chance of a comeback in his first regular-season start in more than 20 months.“It was relief at that point,” Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton said after going 21 of 28 with 243 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. “Them driving the ball down there like that, I was nervous. Our guys made a great play. It’s a big play to end it.”How desperate were the Bengals?With Indy trailing 27-23, Luck took over with 3:52 to go and led the Colts to the Bengals 25.Indy then lost 5 yards on a pass on first down and faced third-and-15 after an incompletion on second down.Doyle caught Luck’s third down pass near the Bengals 15 and appeared to have twisted his way to a first down when he got stood up by one Bengals defender and Fejedelem knocked the ball loose before Doyle’s knee hit the ground.“I messed it up,” Doyle said. “It stings.”Luck was 39 of 53 for 319 yards, two TD passes and an interception on his first official throw of the season — an underthrown pass to Doyle inside the Bengals 5.But Luck helped stake the Colts to a 23-10 lead midway through the third quarter.Then Damien Harris NFL Draft , just like last season, the Colts couldn’t close it out.Dalton cut the deficit to six with a 38-yard TD pass to A.J. Green and the Bengals retook the lead on Joe Mixon‘s leaping 1-yard scoring run with 11:07 left to play. Randy Bullock made it 27-23 with a 39-yard field goal with 3:57 to go.And then Fejedelem ended the Colts’ hopes with one crucial hit.“To make the strip and make the return is big,” coach Marvin Lewis said.NATIONAL ANTHEMThe Colts and Bengals both refrained from any player protests while the national anthem was sung. Neither team had any players stay in the locker room.INJURY REPORTBengals: Brown limped off the field late in the first half with an injured right ankle. Defensive tackle Andrew Billings also left with leg cramps late in the third quarter.Colts: Indy started the game without longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), projected right tackle Denzelle Good (knee/wrist) and running back Marlon Mack (hamstring). The Colts also lost cornerback Chris Milton in the second half after he entered the concussion protocol.UP NEXTBengals: Head home to host Baltimore on Thursday night.Colts: Begin a two-game road trip against the NFC East by visiting Washington next Sunday. CINCINNATI (AP)The Bengals showed up with a hangover from their season-crushing loss on Monday night and gave one of their worst performances during coach Marvin Lewis’ 15 seasons. In a sense, the Steelers got `em again. With a defense gutted from their loss to Pittsburgh, the Bengals gave a sloppy and lackluster performance all-around Sunday, getting drubbed by the Chicago Bears 33-7 at Paul Brown Stadium. It was their worst home loss since 2008. In the second half, they looked like a team going through the motions. ”We didn’t have a lot of energy,” said Andy Dalton, who threw for one touchdown and one interception. ”I don’t think anybody expected this to happen.” The Bengals (5-8) knew they had to beat the rival Steelers to have a chance to make the playoffs. They blew a 17-point lead – just their latest meltdown against their Ohio River rival – and came away with the defense gutted by injury. Starting cornerbacks Adam ”Pacman” Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick were sidelined, along with linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil. The defense allowed the NFL’s worst offense to have its best day. The Bears (4-9) ended a five-game losing streak and piled up a season-high 482 yards. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had his best day yet Damien Harris Buffalo Bills Jersey , completing a career-high 25 passes for 271 yards. The Bears rushed for 232 yards. Cincinnati’s defense couldn’t stop anything. ”Some new people, some moving parts, and you know, it was not very good,” Lewis said. The Bears (4-9) came away with their most lopsided victory in five years. The Bengals were left starting at a dismal closing stretch of games, followed by a decision on Lewis, who is in the final year of his contract. Lewis is 0-7 in the postseason, worst in NFL history, and the Bengals won only six games last season. ”I’m at a loss for words today,” Lewis said. Players described themselves and stunned and embarrassed by how poorly they played. Dalton said he’d never lost a game like it in high school or college. ”It wasn’t good,” said Dalton Youth Drew Bledsoe Jerseys , who threw his first interception since Oct. 22 during a loss in Pittsburgh. ”It’s disappointing that that’s what we put out there today.” Only 52,002 fans showed up at Paul Brown Stadium, which seats 65,000. The Bengals have had more than 10,000 empty seats for most of their home games, which works against Lewis staying beyond this season. The overriding question in Cincinnati now is how well the team will represent itself in the final three games. ”Definitely embarrassing,” receiver A.J. Green said. ”Anytime you lose 33-7, no matter how good the other team played, it’s embarrassing. We have three more weeks left, and we have to continue fighting.” —

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