The Cincinnati Bengals rallied back from a 17-point deficit to an incredible victory against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
The undefeated Bengals went into showdown against the two-time defending NFC champions with a point to prove. And it was quarterback Andy Dalton who played like a man possessed.
Dalton’s fingerprints were all over what matched the second greatest comeback in team history. “’For us to come back against a really, really good team is huge,” Dalton said.
Bengals were trailing 24-7 heading into the fourth quarter. But a collapse down the stretch resulted in a 27-24 overtime loss as Seattle fell to 2-3. Dalton led three consecutive scoring drives (two touchdowns and a field goal) in the fourth quarter as Seattle’s offense went into a total funk, failing to capitalize on a productive day from Thomas Rawls – the rookie running back.
In what is his fifth season, Dalton led the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating. He ran 13 of 15 for 135 yards during the fourth quarter and during overtime on Sunday.
Many would view Sunday’s loss as a wasted opportunity for the Seahawks, which had a chance to return home with a 3-2 record. But they have serious questions to answer going into a tough matchup against the undefeated Carolina Panthers.
It’s the second week in a row that the Seahawks have failed to hold onto a big lead. Last Monday, against the Detroit Lions, they were one yard away from a potential loss until Kam Chancellor forced a Calvin Johnson fumble.