Bengals surprise Patriots, win 13-6
Ray Robinson | 10/7/2013, 3:11 p.m.
On Sunday afternoon, the Cincinnati Bengals pulled an upset as they beat the New England Patriots, 13-6, at home.
The Pats had been unbeaten prior to the game against the Bengals. With a defense that bent but never broke, the Bengals were able to also break Tom Brady’s streak of completing at least one touchdown pass per game. The streak had extended to 52 games, but the tough defense that he was forced to face just wasn’t having it.
Aaron Rodgers suffered the same fate last week after his Green Bay Packers got upended by the same fearless defensive squad.
Brady felt the defensive pressure on his very first pass attempt. He was sacked and the pressure didn’t let up until the last second ticked off of the game clock. Geno Atkins got to Brady on his first pass attempt, and he was on the run all day long, eventually getting sacked a total of four times during the game.
Cincinnati running back BenJarvis Green-Ellis got the only touchdown of the game as the rain made it difficult for either team to throw the ball effectively. Still, the Patriots were off kilter and were never able to gain any ground.
They marched 93 yards on 14 plays to get the score. Green-Ellis punched it in from the 1-yard line on a fourth down play in the fourth quarter behind the stellar blocking of fullback Domata Peko. They ate up 7 minutes and 48 seconds during the drive, leaving the Pats little time to get out of the hole.
The Patriots failed to score after finding themselves in the perfect situation to put the game away in the fourth quarter. On first-and-goal from the one-yard line, the Bengals’ ferocious front dug in and refused to be moved.
After a few dropped passes, Brady tried to go to the end zone but the pass was intercepted by Adam “Pacman” Jones, who had to juggle the ball for a few seconds to gain full control of the football.
Andy Dalton finished the night going 20 of 27 for 212 yards and one interception. Brady’s numbers were a shock to everyone, including himself. He went 18 of 38 for 197 yards with one interception. He had a quarterback rating of a lowly 52.2, to make matters worse.
“We knew we were going to have our hands full, but we were able to get to Brady on the second play of the game,” said Peko. “After that, you could see that he was getting a little shaky. If you hit someone enough, they are going to start making mistakes.”
Brady’s consecutive game touchdown streak is second only to Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Brees has 54 straight games with at least one touchdown pass.
The Bengals are now tied with Baltimore and Cleveland for first place in the AFC North Division.