Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins 10/31/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Miami Dolphins 22, Cincinnati Bengals 20
October 31, 2013
Kicking off Week 9 on “Thursday Night Football” was a Conference matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins. Both teams were headed in opposite directions coming into this one. The Bengals embarrassed the Jets in Week 8 with a seemingly unstoppable passing attack, and the Dolphins dropped another one at the hands of the Patriots--their fourth loss in a row.
Even with the lopsided records, we saw all sorts of interesting storylines and compelling play during the game, and we ended up with a wild finish on one of the rarest plays in football. Let’s take a closer look at the stats and notable names to see how everything played out. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 10 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: No one could have predicted that this one would play out the way it did--especially considering the final play.
First things first, though. The Dolphins defense held strong throughout the first half, keeping the Bengals out of the end zone for a 10-3 lead at halftime. After the break, a 94-yard touchdown off an Andy Dalton interception would put Miami up 17-3, but Giovani Bernard managed a 3-yard rush TD near the end of the quarter to make it 10-17.
Here’s where things got interesting. Bernard found pay dirt again in the fourth to tie it up, and after a pair of field goals we were headed to overtime.
With 6:38 left in the extra quarter, Cameron Wake came up the middle on a third-down play from the Bengals’ 8-yard line and sacked Dalton in the end zone. The play was upheld after review, becoming just the third game in NFL history to be decided on an overtime safety.
The 22-20 win brings Miami back to .500 at 4-4, while Cincinnati falls to 6-3.
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The Stars: The Dolphins defense were definitely the stars here. Besides the safety and the interception TD, they came up with four turnovers and five sacks. The win flies in the face of convention, as the Bengals were able to post 465 total yards of offense.
Miami’s run game was also pretty good, with Lamar Miller accounting for 105 yards on 16 carries and Daniel Thomas with 38 more on 12 of his own. The lone touchdown belonged to Ryan Tannehill on a 1-yard rush.
On the other side, A.J. Green posted his usual stellar numbers, with 11 receptions for 128 yards. Giovani Bernard (nine carries, 79 yards, two touchdowns) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (21 carries, 72 yards) were very good on the ground.
The Goats: We can point the finger at a couple of questionable decisions on Cincinnati’s part here--specifically the decision not to run out the clock at the end of the second quarter and also the punt in overtime instead of the long field goal try. Those choices look worse in hindsight, however, and didn’t seem so bad at the time.
We’ll put Dalton in this space as well. His three interceptions and no passing scores certainly stand out next to his five-TD performance last week, and the lost fumble doesn’t help, either.
Injuries: There are a few injury issues on both sides to keep an eye on this week. Bernard sustained a rib injury in the fourth, but he’s expected to be okay.
For Miami, the second quarter was pretty bad as far as injuries go. Both Richie Incognito (neck) and Nolan Carrol (concussion) had to leave the game.
Outlook: Week 10 should provide a stout challenge for both teams. The Bengals will head to Baltimore to take on the defending champion Ravens (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
Meanwhile, the Dolphins get another primetime game on Monday night. They’ll head to Tampa Bay to visit the Buccaneers (8:40 PM ET, ESPN).
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