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Broncos intercepted Bengal quarterback Andy Dalton early in the first quarter when Aqib Talib grabbed it and scored to go ahead 7-0.
The Bengals, who were hungry playing for a playoff spot, bounced right back with a spectacular 85-yard run by Jeremy Hill to tie the game 7-7.
For the most of the first half the Broncos spent their time in punt out city and watched the Bengals run the score up to 20-7.
As the half ran out Bronco kicker Connor Barth missed a 49-yard field goal after kicking 11 straight field goals since coming on board with the Broncos past mid-season.
In the first half the Bengal’s kicker Mike Nugent kicked two field goals and Germaine Gresham went over for a touchdown from the 2 yard line.
The Broncos were in possession when they came out for the second half. Omar Bolden ran the kickoff back 77 yards, and Ben Garland throws a block for C.J. Anderson who takes it in for the score from the one yard line to make it 20-14.
Bengal Adam Jones catches the next kickoff and runs back 81 yards and Giovani Bernard takes it in for a 22-yard touchdown to make the score 27-14.
On the next possession Peyton Manning hits Emmanuel Sanders at the Bengal 15 yard line for a 33-yard gain. Juwan Thompson gets Sanders to the 4 yard line, and Sanders scores making it 27-21.
On the next Bengal possession Bronco Von Miller strips Hill of the ball at the Bronco 8 yard line and the Broncos take it back for another Emmanuel Sanders touchdown from the 5 yard line to make the score 28-27.
It was folly to think that the Broncos would hold onto the one point lead, and as the Broncos go back to punt out city they open the fourth quarter with a visit to interception city which luckily did not result in a score.
The Bengals get another kick return by Brandon Tate for 47 yards and get stuffed by Bronco defense at 7 yard line where Bronco T.J. Ward gets injured and the Bengals make a field goal to go ahead 30-28.
With four minutes left in the game Manning throws his third interception. and Dre Kirkpatrick takes it 28 yards for a touchdown to boost the Bengal lead to 37-28.
At the two minute warning Manning gets sacked and after C.J. Anderson runs 28 yards to the Bengal 19 yard line, Kirkpatrick grabs another Manning pass and as the clock runs out Andy Dalton takes a knee, and the Broncos drop to 11-4 and have to win next week against the Oakland Raiders at Denver Sunday in the final game of the regular season to get their bye week.
The Raiders are now 3-12 after defeating the Buffalo Bills 26-24 at Oakland, but they have yet to win an away game. The Broncos beat the Raiders 41-17 at Oakland Nov. 9.
The Bengals are now 10-3-1 and have a playoff slot. The Broncos are in the playoffs but are not looking very promising at this juncture.
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