Quick hits: Comeback kid; Bengals eye more streaks


Brandon Tate

» The comeback victory for the Bengals was quarterback Andy Dalton's second straight fourth-quarter comeback and the Bengals' third of the season.

"That's the way this game is; we believe that if we are in good position at the end of the game that we can get the job done," Dalton said.

» A week after ending the Bills 10-game winning streak against them, the Bengals ended their seven-game losing streak in Jacksonville for their first road win against the Jags since Jacksonville's first NFL season in 1995. Now next week at Paul Brown Stadium the Bengals take aim on the Colts seven-game winning streak against them. All the losses have come at the hands of quarterback Peyton Manning. Cincinnati's last win against the Colts came the year before Indy drafted Manning in 1997 when Boomer Esiason came off the bench in relief of Jeff Blake to generate a win.

The Bengals are also seekng next week their first three-game winning streak since Oct. 25, Nov. 8, and Nov. 15 of 2009. Now 3-2, they didn't get their third win last year until Dec. 19. 

» Dalton made big throws all day long. The Bengals converted 42 percent of their third-down opportunities, the biggest of which was Dalton throwing a three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham with 14 seconds left in the first half to tie the game at 13. Then Dalton's biggest throw on the day set up the winning points when he hit Gresham on fourth-and-six on a nine-yard gain to the Jaguars 10-yard line just before the two-minute warning.

The touchdown play was a mirror image of the key third-and-eight play in last week's fourth-quarter win over the Bills. Dalton scrambled out of the pocket, bought time with his feet, Gresham saw he was in trouble, and broke off his route.

"That's Andy all the way," Gresham said. "He kept that thing going; he extended the play. Kudos to him."

Dalton knew he immediately wanted to go to Gresham on fourth down.

"They were in Cover 2 and the leverage was on Jermaine," Dalton said. "I knew I had a shot and he made a great catch."

» Defensive tackle Geno Atkins scored his first touchdown on any level when he returned a fumble for a score on the game's final play. He's the first D-lineman to score a touchdown since Jon Fanene returned a pick for a touchdown against the Lions in 2009. 

"I was thinking the guy (Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert) made a rookie mistake and just left (the ball) there," Atkins said. "I thought I had a chance to go in and score."

» The Bengals basically won the game in the first half when the defense forced two field goals when Jacksonville had a first and goal from the two-yard line and a first-and-goal from the five. On the first snap of the first goal line stand inside linebacker Rey Maualuga made up for getting beaten by Marcedes Lewis when he made a great recovery by making Lewis bobble the ball.

"Coach teaches us to rip through his hands and I ripped through his hands," Maualuga said.

» For the second week in a row running back Brian Leonard came off the bench to make a huge contribution on the winning drive. This time on Sunday it was a key block on running back Bernard Scott's two-yard touchdown run with 1:56 left.

"We had run the play earlier in the day and it got nine yards, so I figured we'd run it again at some point but I didn't think we'd do it there," Leonard said of the third-and-two play with two minutes left.

The Bengals opted to spread the Jaguars out and put two receivers on one side and one receiver on the other on the play.

"With me and Bernard in the backfield at the same time they were probably looking for a pass," Leonard said.

» Bobbie Williams on coming back from suspension:
"I feel pretty good; I think I held up pretty well. But it's not about me, it's about this team."

» The Bengals were unable to run the ball. They managed just 2.5 yards per carry on 31 runs.

"It's a slugfest; everything came together," Williams said. "You know you're going to have to pound it out against them and it's going to take everybody - offense, defense, special teams."

» Safety Reggie Nelson, coming back home to Jacksonville, took the blame for the 74-yard touchdown pass.

"That's on me, but you have to let it go," Nelson said. "The big thing is we won the game."

» Safety Chris Crocker said the biggest series of the game occurred when the Bengals held the Jaguars to a three-and-out when the Bengals trailed 20-16 with 5:14 left.

Maurice Jones-Drew got four yards on two carries and Gabbert threw an incompletion that was covered by linebacker Manny Lawson to set up Matt Turk's 22-yard punt.

"We played 60 minutes; you have to play 60 minutes," Crocker said. "I think what worked to our advantage is that a lot of people don't respect us. They don't think we are as good as we think we are."

» Brandon Tate had two big punt returns, his two longest of the season, a 22-yarder and a 19-yarder. The 19-yarder set up Mike Nugent's field goal that gave the Bengals a 16-13 lead.

"I felt like I played alright because I caught the ball," Tate said. "There was one time I shouldn't have caught it, but I think I'm getting better with my decisions. I still have to work on my decision-making."

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