Colts vs. Bengals: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Updated Score: Bengals 27, Colts 17
Today, the Indianapolis Colts head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals.
As the 2012 NFL season has worn on, the Colts and the Bengals have gone in opposite directions. The winless Colts have been unable to find success without their long-time signal caller, Peyton Manning. The Bengals, missing Carson Palmer for the first time in years, have found new life with rookie Andy Dalton.
The Colts will look to apply plenty of pressure with their defense, especially defensive ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. Linebacker, Pat Angerer has been key for the Colts defense this season and will look to shut down Cedric Benson in the middle.
The 3-2 Bengals will look to keep pace in the AFC North by minimizing mistakes from Dalton and taking advantage of their newest offensive weapon, first-round pick A.J. Green.
Stay tuned as I live blog all of today's action.
The Bengals defense stepped up in a huge way today. All of the momentum had switched to the Colts and Nate Clements came up with a huge tip on the field goal attempt by Vinatieri and then Carlos Dunlap picked up a fumble late in the game and took it for a touchdown.
The frustrating part for Colts fans has to be that the Colts played well, the just faltered at the exact wrong times.
Painter looked good throwing the screen and slant passes to Garcon and Wayne. They might just need to open up the playbook and a little more and allow Painter to throw the ball downfield.
Things don't get any easier for the Colts. They face the Saints on Sunday Night football next week.
Meanwhile, the Bengals enter their bye week on a roll. They've won three straight games and go on the road to Seattle and Tennessee before the difficult part of their schedule finally kicks in.
MVP of today's game has to be Jerome Simpson who had over 100 yards receiving including some clutch catches when the Bengals needed him most.
Cedric Benson runs for a first down to the six yard line and you can expect the Bengals to take a knee the rest of the game.
Bengals are going to improve to 4-2 and the Colts drop to 0-6!
Leon Hall with the Bengals first interception of the year by a non defensive lineman!
The Colts are out of time outs and the Bengals should have this game in the bag.
Ruling on the field stands and the Bengals take a 27-17 lead with just 2:22 left.
Second straight week that the Bengals defense comes up with a big touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
FUMBLE BY THE COLTS AND THE BENGALS TAKE IT IN FOR A TOUCHDOWN!
Carlos Dunlap with the touchdown and the Bengals take a 26-17 lead.
Play is being reviewed, but i don't see anything that can bring back.
Colts still have life as the Bengals are unable to close the door on the Colts.
That's Nugent's first missed field goal of the season.
Painter and the Colts take over possession with under 3 minutes remaining.
Colts don't have any timeouts, but they have good field position.
Bengals try Brian Leonard again on third down, but he's unable to convert.
Mike Nugent coming in for a big 43 yard field goal attempt.
Leonard on the screen for a first down!
Huge play puts the Bengals in Indy territory.
25 yard play.
Now that was a great play call.
Bengals go with conservative play calling on first and second again to force 3rd and long.
Awful, unimaginative play calling.
BENGALS BLOCK THE FIELD GOAL!
Nate Clements touched the ball and the Bengals come up with a huge clutch stop to keep the lead.
Bengals ball with under six minutes to play.
Painter gets pressured and can't complete the pass.
Colts are going to try a 52 yard field goal with Adam Vinatieri.
Big 3rd and 10 coming up for Indianapolis.
Colts just convert a clutch 3rd down to get the Colts to midfield.
That's followed by a pass over the middle to Dallas Clark.
Colts are in field goal range.
3rd and 9 and the Bengals throw a 4 yard pass.
Awful decision by Dalton.
Bengals also get hit with a personal foul call and the Colts will get the ball with good field position here.
Bengals are self-destructing.
Bengals start the drive with a run. You know, because that's been so successful so far.
Holding on Bengals to add insult to injury.
Great one handed grab by Dallas Clark gets the Colts within 3 points.
Awful, weak defense by the Bengals.
Another QB sneak on second down and the Bengals stop it again. 3rd and goal.
Qb sneak on first down and Painter is short of the TD.
Huge pass interference call on Morgan Trent and the Colts are going to have the ball at the goaline.
Painter with a screen pass to Reggie Wayne for a 9 yard gain. Colts are still moving.
Great pass and catch between Painter and Dallas Clark.
Bengals have always been bad against Tight Ends and the Colts are in Bengals territory.
3rd and 3 and Dalton with an awful throw to A.J. Green.
Bengals are punting back to the Colts and this is where the Colts can make a move, steal momentum, and get back in this game.
Adam Vinateri kicks through a 46 yard field goal to get the Colts back within 10. 20-10 ballgame.
Huge sack by Michael Johnson forces a 3rd and long for the Colts.
First sack of the game for either team.
Great first down catch by Pierre Garcon, and the Colts are driving.
Colts are doing a no huddle, hurry up offense.
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