Posted December 22, 2011 on AP on Fox
The small crowd at Paul Brown Stadium might as well plan to stay all the way until the end. The Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) positioned themselves for a playoff run by pulling out games in the fourth quarter, when their lack of experience hasn't seemed to get in the way. To keep those postseason hopes intact on Saturday, they'll have to beat the team that's one of the best at extending games. After opening at 1-6, the Arizona Cardinals (7-7) have won six of their past seven, all of them by rallying from second-half deficits. They've won three in overtime during that span, tying the NFL record for a season. They've kept their own playoff chances intact, though barely, heading into the last two weeks of the season. ''If we win each game, and then at the end of the season if we can get into the playoffs, so be it,'' Arizona running back Beanie Wells said. ''But we're not focused on that right now.'' Judging by ticket sales, not a whole lot of folks in Cincinnati are, either. For the ...
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