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Bengals best when it counts

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert dives to make a catch during overtime while being defended by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.

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Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert dives to make a catch during overtime while being defended by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.

CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton's fingerprints were all over one of the Bengals' greatest comebacks.

Playing like an elite quarterback, Dalton led Cincinnati from a 17-point deficit to a legacy victory over the Seahawks on Sunday. Mike Nugent's 42-yard field goal in overtime bounced off the left upright, but went through for a 27-24 win.

This one matched the second-biggest comeback in team history and came against the two-time defending NFC champions — a signature moment for the unbeaten Bengals.

"For us to come back against a really, really good team is huge," Dalton said.

Nobody came up bigger than him.

Trailing 24-7 heading into the fourth quarter, Dalton threw for a touchdown, ran for another and led a 69-yard drive with no timeouts to get former Bucs kicker Nugent's 31-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.

Cincinnati is 5-0 for the first time since 1988, the team's last appearance in the Super Bowl.

Dalton is going through a growth spurt in his fifth season, leading the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating. He went 13 of 15 for 135 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime on Sunday.

"We imploded in the third quarter, but we righted ourselves and started putting one play on top of another and kept going," coach Marvin Lewis said.

Seattle punted twice in overtime, giving the Bengals a chance to pull it out. Nugent's deflected field goal ended it 11:24 into overtime.

It was the first time since beating Baltimore in 2004 that the Bengals won after trailing by 17 in the fourth quarter. The 17-point collapse matched the biggest in Seattle history, done two previous times.

"The most frustrating part is we didn't finish," Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said. "We're known for that and we didn't do that today."

The Seahawks scored two touchdowns in a 2-minute span of the third quarter for a 24-7 lead, but the NFL's No. 2 defense couldn't hold on.

"We wanted to show that we've got a great defense and a great team," Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. "We overcame a lot of things in this game. Down the line, this will be motivation for us that we'll be able to look back on. We've been in this situation, and we've overcome it."

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Bengals best when it counts 10/11/15 [Last modified: Sunday, October 11, 2015 9:03pm]
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