Bengals lead Eagles 27-13 early in 4th quarter

Andy Dalton scrambled 11 yards for a touchdown and Wallace

Gilberry returned a fumble 25 yards for a score just 49 seconds

later, helping the Cincinnati Bengals build a 27-13 lead against

the Philadelphia Eagles early in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles snapped a drought of 22 quarters without a turnover

by recovering two fumbles in the second. Both led to field goals by

Alex Henery, helping Philadelphia to a 13-10 halftime lead.

An interception by Leon Hall set up Dalton’s go-ahead TD in the

third quarter. Then Gilberry picked up Bryce Brown’s fumble and ran

it back for an 11-point lead. Josh Brown tacked on a field goal

early in the final period.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on a 1-yard TD run in the first

quarter for Cincinnati.

Coming off a 20-19 loss to Dallas on a last-second field goal,

the Bengals (7-6) looked to rebound against another NFC East

opponent.

But the inspired Eagles (4-9) weren’t going to be pushovers.

The Bengals entered tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the

last playoff spot in the AFC. Their game at Pittsburgh next week is

far more important in the standings, however. Win or lose against

the Eagles, the Bengals still get in by winning their last two

games.

The Eagles are playing out the string in a lost season. They

beat Tampa Bay on a last-second TD last week to snap an eight-game

losing streak.

They’ll have to rally again to make it two straight wins.

Hall intercepted Nick Foles’ deep pass and returned it 44 yards

to the Eagles 40. Foles underthrew Maclin, who was a few steps

behind Hall.

A.J. Green made an acrobatic catch for an 11-yard gain on

third-and-9 a few plays before Dalton ran for the score to put the

Bengals up 17-13.

Foles, who threw for 381 yards to lead that comeback against the

Bucs, hit Riley Cooper on an 11-yard TD pass to cut it to 10-7.

Foles connected with Maclin on a 46-yard pass during the drive.

The Eagles then forced their first turnover since Nov. 5 against

New Orleans. Brandon Graham sacked Andy Dalton, the ball popped

loose and Trent Cole recovered at the Bengals 29.

An unnecessary roughness penalty on Adam ”Pacman” Jones a few

plays later gave the Eagles a first down at the 3, but Foles threw

three straight incomplete passes. Henery kicked a 22-yard field

goal to tie it at 10.

After the two-minute warning, Cullen Jenkins sacked Dalton and

knocked the ball away. Darryl Tapp recovered and ran 4 yards to the

Bengals 12. But the drive stalled at the 1 and Henery kicked a

20-yarder for the lead.

Foles made his fifth straight start for Michael Vick, who just

returned to practice this week after sustaining a concussion on

Nov. 11.

Just two plays in, the Eagles committed their league-leading

30th turnover. Maclin, who caught the winning TD against the

Buccaneers, fumbled after a 6-yard catch. Carlos Dunlap recovered

and the Bengals started at the Eagles 44. Green-Ellis ran 29 yards

on first down and scored a few plays later for a 7-0 lead.

It got uglier for Philadelphia on the next possession. Mat

McBriar punted into his own blocker, Daniel Herron picked it up and

ran 3 yards to the Eagles 11. But Graham sacked Dalton and

Cincinnati settled for Brown’s 24-yard field goal that made it

10-0.

The Eagles were again without running back LeSean McCoy and

tight end Brent Celek also sat out. Both players also are

recovering from concussions. McCoy missed his fourth straight game,

but returned to practice this week with Vick.

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