PDT Sports Editor
CINCINNATI—The Cincinnati Bengals handed the New England Patriots their first defeat of this season with a 13-6 victory at Paul Brown Stadium.
In front of a crowd of 62,259, Cincinnati’s defense made life miserable for New England quarterback Tom Brady who was sacked four times and pressured on numerous other attempts. Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in 53 games, which is the second longest streak in NFL history.
In Typical Brady fashion, he wasn’t interested in talking about the streak.
“I’m bummed that we lost. That’s all that really matters,” Brady said when asked about his streak coming to an end.
Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton was impressed with the Bengals defensive effort against Brady and Co.
“It’s definitely fun to watch those guys go out and play,” Dalton said. “They’re doing so many good things and to see what they do to a guy like Tom Brady, and what they’ve done to a lot of these quarterbacks — they’re some of the best in the league; they’re playing unbelievable.”
Cincinnati’s defense mixed up blitzes and coverages during the game, but the result was often the same as Brady was pressured for much of the contest.
“They have a good rush,” Brady said. “I said earlier in the week that all of those guys are capable of rushing the quarterback. They rush you into quick throws and things you don’t want to make. That’s why they are a good defense — because they rush, cover and have good athletic linebackers.”
Brady finished the game completing 18 passes on 38 attempts for 197 yards with one interception, which came on the final drive as Adam Jones clinched the game for the Bengals with less than 30 seconds remaining in the contest.
“They have been playing great all year,” Brady said when asked if the offense let the defense down. “You can’t expect to kick two field goals and win many games in the NFL. We can do a better job than that and we are going to have to if we want to win these games. We had to many silly execution errors and mental mistakes today. It is hard to drive the ball down the field if you keep making those mistakes.”
Touchdowns came as a premium for both teams with BenJarvus Green-Ellis scoring the lone touchdown as he crossed the goal line with 7:48 reaming in the game to give Cincinnati an insurmountable lead. Green-Ellis finished the contest with 67 yards rushing on 19 attempts with the aforementioned touchdown.
The Bengals embarked on a 14-play, 93-yard drive which ended when Green-Ellis punched the ball into the endzone on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Earlier on the drive, Cincinnati faced a third-and-15 from its own 2-yard line. Dalton found Marvin Austin down the left sideline for a 28-yard completion.
“It was big because it keep the drive going,” Dalton said. “It gave us some momentum.”
The Bengals took advantage of New England’s lackadaisical approach on the play.
“Everybody lined up and it was taking them a little while to line up, so we got (the ball) out and (Marvin) made a big catch and kept the drive going.”
Dalton finished the contest completing 20-of-27 passes for 212 yards and one interception.
Needless to say, Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.
“Not much to say today other than they (the Bengals) did a better job today,” Belichick said. “We had our chances. In the end, the game came down to some red-area chances, and that was the point differential in the game today. We’ve got to go back to work and get better in all phases of the game. It was a hard-fought game, but they made more plays.”
New England’s defense was the lone bright spot as the Patriots held Cincinnati to 341 total yards while creating two turnovers.
“Definitley not, we lost the game,” Patriots defensive back Aquib Talib said when asked if the defense performed well enough. “We let them come down and drive in the fourth quarter, and score that touchdown. We could have played better.”
Sentiments echoed by safety Steve Gregory.
“In the end, we just didn’t make enough plays to win the game,” Gregory said.
Cincinnati (3-2) travels to Buffalo in week six while the Patriots (4-1) host the 5-0 Saints.
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