Seahawks Slip Past Baffled Bengals

Cincinnati starts strong, but Seattle pulls away for last-minute, 24-21 win
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2007 4:15 AM CDT
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh catches a pass in the end zone as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Kelly Jennings, left, and safety Brian Russell defend and carry him out of bounds denying...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Cincinnati Bengals played good football for most of yesterday's game, but a four-point lead with under three minutes remaining wasn't enough. The Seahawks charged down the field for a last-minute touchdown and victory. The Bengals led Seattle in yards, first downs, and possession time, but statistics weren't enough, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Nate Burleson for the go-ahead points, and then the Bengals' kick returner fumbled to start a fruitless final drive. After the game, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis offered a deceptively simple formula for future success: "We have got to play better in order to beat good football teams."