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Quick hits: Special teams come up big


» Brandon Tate's 56-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was Cincinnati's first since Peter Warrick went 68 yards against Kansas City in November 2003.

» Tate said cornerback Adam Jones, who earlier had a 63-yard punt return of his own, coached him on the sideline. Tate said Jones told him, "Don't juke, take it and go."

"And that's what I did," Tate said. "You should be talking to the 10 other guys because they made it happen."

Tate said Jones was the first guy to greet him on the sideline after his touchdown.

» Jones injured his hamstring on his first-quarter punt return and didn't return to the game.

"I didn't pull it, it was a grab," Jones said. "It happened on my first cut. If it didn't grab, I would have scored."

» Jones said he thinks he will be ready to go by Wednesday and does not plan to miss the Tennessee game next Sunday. The Titans are the team that drafted him in 2005.

» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis came into the media room after the game and chuckled because there were only three reporters there. He apparently likes it that way because he has always said he prefers it when his team is under the radar.

He sighed and said, "We continue to find ways to win and to make it interesting."

» Lewis on the Bengals defense:
"Obviously I've been around some very good defenses but I can't remember a group that scored in three straight games."

» Safety Chris Crocker on the Bengals goal line stand at the end of the first half:
"That was a big play in the game. We felt kind of disrespected. At first they didn't kick the field goal and then they ran it, and that kind of got us charged up a little bit."

» Tight end Donald Lee, the former Packer who got a Super Bowl ring last year and got his opportunity when tight end Jermaine Gresham was sidelined with a hamstring injury, came off the bench and made two big third-down catches. He said he told tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes after the game, "This was a Green Bay Packers kind of game. This is what the Packers did last year, winning by a big score like this."

» The four-game winning streak by the Bengals is their first since October-November of 2009. They now have one more win than last year. Lewis just shrugged and said, "It didn't take much to surpass last year."

» The Bengals gave up a season-high 411 yards, the most they have allowed since New Orleans posted 436 last season on December 5.

» The Bengals also allowed 350 passing yards, a season-high. They did not allow 350 in any game last year. It was the most passing yards the Bengals have given up in a game since Matt Schaub and the Texans had 385 on Oct. 18, 2009.

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