Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/11/12
CINCINNATI -- Andy Dalton had four touchdown passes for the first time in his career and the Cincinnati Bengals defense kept Eli Manning and the New York Giants out of the end zone for the first three quarters. The result was a Bengals 31-13 rout of the defending Super Bowl champions, 31-13, at Paul Brown Stadium. Dalton completed 21 of 30 passes for 199 yards and touchdown passes to A.J. Green, Andrew Hawkins, Jermaine Gresham and rookie Mohamed Sanu. Cincinnati ended a four-game losing streak in convincing fashion and improved to 4-5. The Giants fall to 6-4 heading into their bye week. The Giants outgained the Bengals 318-275 in offensive yardage but most of that came late in the game. Cincinnati took advantage of three drives that began in the red zone by turning those opportunities into three touchdowns. Cincinnati had just 13 touchdowns in 27 red-zone possessions entering the game but went three for four on Sunday. The Giants had to settle for field goals on their two drives that reached inside the Cincinnati 20. New York turned the ball over four times, including two interceptions thrown by Manning. Dalton did not throw an interception for the first time all season. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Bengals built a 17-6 lead. He connected with Green for a 56-yard touchdown on the fifth play of the game to give Cincinnati a lead it did not relinquish. Adam Jones returned a punt 68 yards to the New York 11. The punt return followed a penalty against the Giants' Justin Tryon for running out of bounds on a first punt attempt. The Bengals made the Giants re-kick and got the big return as a result. Dalton hit Hawkins for an 11-yard touchdown on third down to put Cincinnati up 14-0. The Giants got field goals of 23 and 31 yards from kicker Lawrence Tynes before Andre Brown scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:46 remaining. This was the third consecutive game Manning has been held without a touchdown pass. That's the first time that has happened since his rookie season in 2004. Cincinnati sacked Manning four times, the highest total allowed by the Giants this season. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap had 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, while linebacker Rey Maualuga recorded a game-high 12 tackles. Notes: Cincinnati had been outscored 67-23 in the third quarter of games this season but outscored New York 14-0 on Sunday. ... Green has caught a touchdown pass in eight straight games. ... The last time Cincinnati beat a team with a winning record at the time it played prior to Sunday was Nov. 6, 2011, at Tennessee. ... The Bengals lead the all-time series against the Giants 6-3. The home team has won all nine games. ... The Giants activated safety Will Hill from the exempt status on Saturday. Hill had been suspended for four games after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy. He recovered a fumbled punt at the Cincinnati 27 that led to three points.
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