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Dalton's late TD pass to Green lifts Bengals over Falcons

Sun Sep 30 4:58pm ET
By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

Players: Matt Bryant, Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert, Giovani Bernard, Devonta Freeman, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, Mark Walton, Calvin Ridley

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) walks off the field after the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. The Cincinnati Bengals won 37-36. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) celebrates his game-winning catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. The Cincinnati Bengals won 37-36. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) makes a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. The Cincinnati Bengals won 37-36. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) runs into he end zone for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis speaks to players during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Atlanta Falcons defensive back Keith Tandy (35) celebrates a fumble recovery against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) is taken off the field after being injured against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) kicks a 55-yard field goal against Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Shawn Williams (36) ties up Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) runs against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Jordan Evans (50) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) makes the catch against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Hardy Nickerson (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Jessie Bates (30) tackles Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback William Jackson (22) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Atlanta Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley (44) defends as Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Damontae Kazee (27) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith (25) signifies a first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Atlanta Falcons tight end Logan Paulsen (82) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


ATLANTA (AP) Andy Dalton threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 7 seconds remaining, lifting the Cincinnati Bengals to a 37-36 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Dalton moved the Bengals 75 yards in about four minutes. He completed two passes on fourth down to Tyler Boyd, who had 11 catches for 100 yards, to keep the drive alive.

Green, the former University of Georgia star making his first return to the state of Georgia, made a diving catch in the right side of the end zone to cap the drive. He had four catches for 78 yards.

Giovani Bernard ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns for Cincinnati (3-1).

Matt Ryan continued his resurgence by throwing three scoring passes, including two to rookie Calvin Ridley, for the Falcons. As was the case last week, when he had his first career game with five touchdown passes in a loss to New Orleans, Ryan had too little support from an injury-depleted defense.

The Falcons (1-3) topped 30 points for the third straight week. Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP, has thrown eight touchdown passes in his past two weeks and has 10 through four games after throwing only 20 in 2017.

Atlanta's Matt Bryant, who kicked three field goals, including a 55-yard field goal in the second quarter, was good from 32 yards to give the Falcons a 36-31 lead with 4:15 remaining.

That was too much time for Dalton, who completed 29 of 41 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns and one interception.

There were no punts in the first half. The Bengals scored touchdowns on each of their four possessions.

Ridley had scoring catches of 11 and 30 yards, giving him five in his past two games and six for the season.

Ridley's second TD catch, a 30-yarder, gave Atlanta a 33-28 lead early in the fourth quarter when the 2-point pass attempt was no good.

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert had four catches for 38 yards, including a 15-yard scoring catch in the first quarter, before suffering a gruesome lower right leg injury early in the third quarter.

Eifert, the team's third-leading receiver entering the game, caught a 2-yard pass and was tackled by De'Vondre Campbell and Jack Crawford. Eifert brought his hands up to his helmet as he was on his back in obvious pain. His leg stabilized by the medical staff, Eifert received encouragement from teammates before he was carted off the field.

Each team was without its top running back. Devonta Freeman missed his third straight game for Atlanta with a sore right knee. Joe Mixon was held out for the second straight week for the Bengals after having debris removed from his right knee.

INJURY REPORT

Bengals halfback Mark Walton did not return and was being treated for a possible concussion after a helmet-to-helmet penalty hit by Brian Poole near the end of the third. Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had an ankle injury late in the fourth and did not return.

UP NEXT

Bengals: host Miami Dolphins next Sunday.

Falcons: Visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in first road game since opening season at Philadelphia.

Player Notes
Robbie Gould Feb 18 4:00pm ET

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Josh Rosen Feb 18 12:30pm ET

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Jadeveon Clowney Feb 18 9:53am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Smith suffered a serious leg injury and there is still not definite timetable for his return. The Redskins likely will add at least one more quarterback this season, but owners in all fantasy leagues probably should avoid the Redskins quarterback situation next season.

Raheem Mostert Feb 17 6:13pm ET

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Alfred Morris Feb 17 6:13pm ET

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Zay Jones Feb 17 5:03pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Jones is coming off a decent season with 652 yards and seven touchdowns. He likely will be a top-three receiver for the Bills next season and could be a late-round option in fantasy leagues.

Dwayne Allen Feb 17 4:13pm ET

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Mark Ingram Feb 17 3:33pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: The Saints likely will go with Alvin Kamara as their main running back next season and probably will be a No. 1 running back in most fantasy leagues. Ingram should receive interest from several teams during free agency and could be a No. 2 fantasy back depending on his situation.

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