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Six Surprising Stats From Sunday's 24-14 Bengals Win Over 49ers

A look at some of the more intriguing numbers from the Bengals' playoff-clinching victory at San Francisco.

1. This was just the second time the Bengals won on the road against San Francisco, and broke a seven-game road losing streak against the 49ers that lasted 41 years. Entering Sunday, San Francisco led the series 7-1 as the home team; the 49ers lead it 11-4 overall. Before today, the Niners held the highest winning percentage (.786) against the Bengals of any NFL team. The Bengals’ only other victory at San Francisco came in the first meeting, a 21-3 win in 1974. Sunday was the Bengals’ first visit to Levi’s Stadium. Previous visits to San Francisco were at Candlestick Park, later renamed Monster Park.

2. Of the 28 Bengals quarterbacks to start a game, AJ McCarron on Sunday became just the ninth to win his debut, joining John Stofa (1968), Greg Cook (1969), John Reaves (1975), Boomer Esiason (1984), Dave Walter (1987), Akili Smith (1999), Jon Kitna (2001) and Andy Dalton (2011). Debuting Bengals QBs are now 9-19.

3. McCarron's one passing touchdown effort against the 49ers with no interceptions and no fumbles marked just the second time this season a Bengals quarterback had a turnover-free line with just one score. Dalton had one TD with no turnovers Week 4 against Kansas City. That equals the two occasions of last season, both by Dalton in Weeks 1 and 2 when he threw one TD and didn't turn the ball over against Baltimore and Atlanta.

4. Cincinnati running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill combined for 64 yards rushing. That's mighty low, but the combined yardage total is not the lowest between the two backs this season. That dubious distinction goes to the Week 10 performance against Houston that yielded just 51 yards, 36 for Bernard and 15 for Hill. In fact, this was merely the duo's fourth-lowest rushing total. All four sub-70-yard rushing efforts between them have come in the last six games. Team wide, Sunday's 68 rushing yards was the second-lowest output of the season, trailing only the meager 64 yards they put up the previous week against Pittsburgh, meaning the Bengals are coming off their two least productive rushing games of 2015.

5. Sunday's 192 passing yards for McCarron were the fewest in a game for a Bengals quarterback who played the entire contest since Week 16 of last season when Andy Dalton was held to 146 yards passing by the Denver Broncos. Dalton's 2015 full-game season-low is 197 yards Week 10 against Houston.

6. The Bengals' 21 points in the second quarter pushed their season total to 112 in the quarter, an average of eight points per game in the second. They now have scored more points in the second quarter than any other, with 10 more than they've put up in the fourth quarter (102). The Bengals' lowest scoring quarter is the third with 78 points, or an average of 5.5 per game following halftime adjustments.


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