Bengals Monday: They Win With Extra Effort

History was on Cincinnati's side Sunday in the overtime win over Seattle. The Bengals are one win shy of matching the best start in club history. They went 6-0 in 1975 and 1988. The 17-point collapse matches the biggest in Seahawks history.

The Bengals are 5-0, and feeling pretty good about themselves.

So are their fans.

It was definitely rocking Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, where the unbeaten Bengals took down the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks, 27-24, with a winning 42-yard field goal in overtime.

The Bengals did not wilt.

Kicker Mike Nugent was not rattled.

As a result, Cincinnati rallied for one of its biggest comebacks ever.

Bengals fans licked it up like it was catnip.

Andy Dalton's fingerprints were all over this one -- one of the franchise's greatest rallies.

Playing like an elite quarterback, he led Cincinnati back from a 17-point deficit to a legacy victory over the Seahawks. Nugent's 42-yard boot in overtime bounced off the left upright, but went through for the win.

With 6:41 to go in the third quarter, it looked like the rout was on, but the Seahawks failed to hold a big lead for the second week in a row.

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This wasn't just any Cincinnati win. It matched the second-biggest comeback in team history, and came against the two-time defending NFC champions -- a signature moment for the unbeaten Bengals.

"For us to come back against a really, really good team is huge," Dalton said.

Nobody came up bigger than Dalton.

Trailing 24-7 heading into the fourth quarter, Dalton threw for a touchdown, ran for another and led the Bengals on a 69-yard drive with no timeouts to get Nugent's 31-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.

Dalton is going through a growth spurt in his fifth season, leading the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating. He went 13-of-15 passing for 135 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime Sunday.

"We imploded in the third quarter, but we righted ourselves and started putting one play on top of another and kept going," coach Marvin Lewis said.

Seattle (2-3) punted twice in overtime, giving the Bengals a chance to pull it out. Nugent's deflected field goal ended it with 3:36 left in overtime, leaving Cincinnati 5-0 for the first time since 1988, the last time it went to the Super Bowl.

It was the second time Cincinnati had overtime a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter and won, according to STATS. The Bengals also did it at Baltimore in 2004 for a 27-26 victory. Cincinnati overcame an 18-point deficit to beat Arizona 24-21 in the 1997 season.

The 17-point collapse matched the biggest in Seattle history. The Seahawks also blew such games in 2003 against Baltimore and 2004 against St. Louis, losing in overtime as well.

"The most frustrating part is we didn't finish," Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said. "We're known for that, and we didn't do that today."

The Seahawks looked to be in good shape after scoring a pair touchdowns during a 2-minute span of the third quarter. Undrafted rookie running back Thomas Rawls ran 69 yards for a touchdown, part of a career-best 169-yard game, in place of injured Marshawn Lynch.

Bobby Wagner then returned a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown, handing a 24-7 lead to the NFL's second-ranked defense. Unlike Monday night, when Kam Chancellor stripped the ball from Detroit's Calvin Johnson to preserve a 13-10 win, it couldn't come up with the big play at the end.

"We wanted to show that we've got a great defense and a great team," Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. "We overcame a lot of things in this game. Down the line, this will be motivation for us that we'll be able to look back on. We've been in this situation, and we've overcome it."

Dalton was 30-of-44 for 331 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a season-high four sacks. His 11-yard TD pass to Tyler Eifert on the game's opening drive ended Seattle's streak of 20 defensive possessions without allowing a touchdown.

That was all the Bengals managed until Dalton started the big comeback.

Russell Wilson was 15 of 23 for 213 yards with a touchdown, a tipped interception and four sacks. His 30-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse was the first touchdown the Bengals had allowed before halftime this season.

Wilson was sacked four more times, bringing the season total to 22.

Cincinnati had a potential 72-yard TD pass to A.J. Green nullified by a holding penalty in the first quarter. Green had five catches for 65 yards in the first half, but only one more for 13 yards the rest of the way.

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