CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton led the Bengals from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to a 27-24 overtime victory on Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks, keeping Cincinnati undefeated with the second-biggest comeback in its history.
Trailing 24-7 as the fourth quarter started, Dalton threw for a touchdown, ran for another and led the Bengals (5-0) on a 69-yard drive without a timeout. Mike Nugent tied it with a 31-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.
Nugent was good again from 42 yards with 3:36 left in overtime, the ball deflecting off the left upright before going through. It matched the second-biggest comeback in Cincinnati’s history when trailing in the fourth quarter.
The Bengals are 5-0 for the first time since 1988, the last time they went to the Super Bowl.
Seattle (2-3) punted twice in overtime, giving the Bengals a chance to pull it out.
In the opening drive, Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton found Jones down the middle for a 44-yard gain. On the next play, Dalton passed to a wide open tight end Tyler Eifert in the middle of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass.
But Seattle would answer and come away with their first opening drive touchdown since week 10 of last year. Thomas Rawls had five carries on the drive, including a 23-yard run into Bengals’ territory. Then Russell Wilson found Jermaine Kearse in the end zone for a 30-yard TD. Tie game early.
Late in the 1st half, the Bengals were at the edge of the red zone when Dalton’s pass was intercepted by Earl Thomas – the Hawks first interception of the season. Thomas returned it 68 yards to the Cincinnati 31-yard line, but a personal foul on Michael Bennett brought it back.
Inside the 2-minute warning, the Hawks are often at their best. Wilson drove the team inside the 10-yard line, and Hauschka kicked a field goal as time expired to give the Hawks a 10 – 7 lead.
3rd quarter, Hawks receive. Wilson to Baldwin for a huge 46-yard gain. But his next pass intended for Jimmy Graham is tipped and picked off by Jones.
Seattle forced the Bengals to punt after a short 5-play drive. And here comes Thomas Rawls for a 69-yard run on the 1st play of the drive to give Seattle a 17 – 7 lead.
The Hawks’ defense came up with 7 points, after Michael Bennett forces a fumble which Bobby Wagner picked up and ran 23 yards for a touchdown. 24 – 7 in the 3rd.
In the 4th quarter, Jon Ryan punted 46 yards and Cincinnati returned the ball to the Seattle 33 where Adam Jones was tackled by the punter. Just 4 plays later, Dalton found Eifert for a 10-yard touchdown pass. 24 – 14.
The Bengals scored another TD on an 11-play, 71 yard drive that took nearly 6 minutes off the clock. It was a sneak by Andy Dalton straight up the middle for 5 yards that brought the Bengals within a field goal of the Hawks.
The Bengals were able to kick a 31-yard field goal to tie the game at 24 as the clock expired.
The Seahawks won the toss and elected to receive in overtime. Seattle was forced to punt, giving Cincinnati the ball at their own 26-yard line, and the opportunity to win with a field goal.
It wasn’t until the 4th possession of overtime until somebody was able to score. The Bengals kicked a 42-yard field goal to win 27 – 24 in overtime.