Bengals start season 5-0 for first time since 1988

Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:30pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Despite trailing the Seattle Seahawks by 17 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals didn't flinch.

"In our minds, as bad as it looked and as good as Seattle is, we never stopped playing" said tight end Tyler Eifert. "This is what we expect to do. We expect to win."

Mike Nugent kicked a tying field goal on the final play of regulation and then a 42-yard boot with 3:26 remaining in overtime as Cincinnati improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1988 with a 27-24 victory at Paul Brown Stadium.

The last time the Bengals were 5-0 they reached the Super Bowl.

"That was a hell of a fourth and fifth quarter," said coach Marvin Lewis.

"I'm proud of our guys. It's a long year against a lot of good teams. Today was a good step toward understanding that we can do that all the time."

Quarterback Andy Dalton passed for 331 yards and two touchdowns and Eifert had eight catches for 90 yards and two TDs as the Bengals equaled the second-largest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history.

"This shows the character and fight in this team," Dalton said.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked four times and picked off once while passing for 213 yards and a touchdown.   Continued...

Oct 11, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor (31) tackles Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) during the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated Seattle 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports