September 30, 2018 / 9:15 PM / 22 days ago

Bengals edge Falcons in last-minute rally

EditorsNote: Several changes throughout, including to teams’ records

Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green in the end zone for 13-yard touchdown with seven seconds remaining to give the visiting Cincinnati Bengals a 37-36 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Bengals (3-1) drove 75 yards in 16 plays for the winning touchdown, twice converting fourth-down plays against the Falcons (1-3).

Dalton completed 29 of 41 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns while bouncing back from four interceptions in a loss at the Carolina Panthers the previous week.

Matt Ryan couldn’t get the Falcons a victory despite completing 29 of 39 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns, two to rookie Calvin Ridley.

The Bengals’ winning drive came after Matt Bryant made a 32-yard field goal to give the Falcons a five-point lead with slightly more than four minutes remaining.

Ryan had connected with Ridley at the start of the fourth quarter to put the Falcons ahead, and Randy Bullock cut into the lead with a 36-yard field goal for the Bengals.

Cincinnati scored touchdowns on all four of its first-half possessions, but the Bengals’ lead was just 28-24 at halftime after Bryant hit a 55-yard field goal as time expired.

The first half featured no punts or turnovers, with the teams combining for 542 yards and 32 first downs.

Dalton, who was 15 of 17 for 227 yards, hit Tyler Eifert and John Ross for TD passes of 15 and 39 yards, while Giovani Bernard scored on runs of 10 yards and 1 yard.

Ryan had TD passes of 17 yards to Logan Paulsen and 11 yards to Ridley while going 18 of 24 for 218 yards before intermission. The Falcons’ other first-half TD came on a 7-yard run by rookie Ito Smith.

The Bengals lost Eifert on the second play after halftime when the tight end suffered a broken right ankle when he was tackled after making his fourth catch of the game.

Atlanta had a chance to tie the game shortly afterward when Keith Tandy blocked the game’s first punt. The Falcons, though, had to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Bryant, ending a streak of 11 consecutive touchdowns on trips into the red zone.

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