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Colts vs. Bengals: Takeaways from Indianapolis' Loss to Cincinnati
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The Indianapolis Colts visited the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday and left with their third loss in the last five weeks. Falling behind 14-0 at halftime after a head-scratching call by referee Jeff Triplette, the Colts started to come back in the second half behind touchdown passes to wide receivers Da'Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill, but were never able to pull even. 

Indianapolis' defense was horrific again, allowing 42 points on the day, including 28 second-half points. The Colts were able to put a few offensive series together in the second half thanks to improved pass protection and a breakout game from undrafted receiver Da'Rick Rogers, but it wasn't enough to catch up to an explosive Bengals offense. 

With the win, the Bengals likely secure the third seed, unless the New England Patriots lose sometime in the next three weeks. 

Indianapolis did clinch the AFC South when the Denver Broncos beat the Tennessee Titans, but still has serious concerns as the playoffs inch closer.

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