Recap: Broncos beat Bengals, 29-17

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CINCINNATI — The Broncos led the the Cincinnati Bengals, 29-17, in the fourth quarter Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Relive the game as it unfolded in the live blog.


After the Broncos went three-and-out — by passing all three times despite going against the worst rush defense in the league — the Bengals marched 74 yards in five plays, with Jeremy Hill scoring on a 3-yard run.

One play earlier, Hill scampered down the left sideline for 50 yards, only staying out of the end zone on a saving tackle by Darian Stewart.

The Broncos had an effective ensuing drive, but once again ran into troubles in the red zone. They drove 73 yards in 14 plays, helped by three penalties on the Bengals that resulted in first downs.

But with first down from the 5-yard line, two Trevor Siemian incompletions were sandwiched around a 3-yard run by C.J. Anderson.

That led to a 20-yard field goal by Brandon McManus to cut the Bengals’ lead to 7-3 with 4:05 to play in the first quarter.

The Broncos got the first turnover of the game on the last play of the first quarter. After their second three-and-out, Riley Dixon punted to near midfield where Adam Jones fielded it.

But Jones took a big hit and fumbled, and it was recovered by Shiloh Keo. The play was reviewed and it was upheld, giving the Broncos excellent field position.

On third-and-5, Siemian went for the home run ball and found Emmanuel Sanders for a 41-yard strike to put the Broncos ahead, 10-7, with  13:57 to play in the first half.

The Bengals retook the lead with just less than five minutes to play in the first half, driving 62 yards in eight plays.

The Bengals converted twice on third, getting a pass interference penalty against Bradley Roby and Andy Dalton completing  a 22-yard pass to C.J. Uzomah.

The drive was capped by a 4-yard run by Hill, his second touchdown of the game.

The Broncos got a big kickoff return from Cody Latimer and drove 55 yards in 10 plays, with Siemian finding Sanders for 7 yards with 28 seconds to play in the first half.

The Broncos again were helped by a Cincinnati penalty that gave them a first down, and Siemian found Latimer for 10 yards on a third-and-9 and Sanders for 2 yards on a third-and-1 to keep the drive going.

But Siemian and the Broncos were lucky as the Bengals dropped two sure-fire interceptions. The 35-yard extra point was blocked, keeping the Broncos from going up by three.

Siemian finished the first half 13 of 24 for 144 yards, with Sanders making seven of the catches for 89 yards. The running game was virtually nonexistent, gaining only 27 yards compared to 103 on the ground for the Bengals.

The blocked extra point loomed large after the Bengals put together a 15-play, 60-yard drive that took 8:18 off the game clock.

But the Broncos defense stiffened in the red zone and the Bengals had to settle for a 34-yard field goal by Mike Nugent to take a 17-16 lead with 14:52 to play in the game.

The Broncos responded to the Bengals’ score with their own long drive to retake the lead. Siemian drove them 82 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown, chewing 7:56 off the clock. Siemian found John Phillips from 1 yard out on second down.

The Broncos went for two and failed when Siemian fell, leaving them ahead, 22-17, with 6:56 to play.

After the Broncos forced a three-and-out, Siemian drove the Broncos to another touchdown. On first down, he found Jeff Heuerman for 29 yards.

After a run went for a loss and an incompletion, Siemian went deep and found Demaryius Thomas on a 55-yard bomb for a touchdown to make it 29-17.

Then, on the Bengals’ ensuing play, Dalton was intercepted by Will Parks to all but seal the win.

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