Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/14/12
So long, Eagles. Up ahead for the Cincinnati Bengals, the only Pennsylvania team that truly matters. Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, an opportunistic defense forced five turnovers and Cincinnati beat the Philadelphia Eagles 34-13 on Thursday night. The Bengals (8-6) took a half-game lead over the Steelers for the last playoff spot in the AFC. But their game at Pittsburgh next week is far more important in the standings than this one. The Bengals would clinch their second straight playoff berth with a win over the Steelers if Pittsburgh loses at Dallas this Sunday. A loss to the Steelers, though, likely would ruin Cincinnati's chances because it would lose the tiebreaker. ''We control what we can control,'' coach Marvin Lewis said. ''We want to win in December, so we have a chance to win in January.'' Can they beat the Steelers? Probably not if they play like they did for most of their 60 minutes at Lincoln Financial Field. They committed 10 of the...
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