NFL Game Summary - Cincinnati at New England|
(Sunday, September 12th)
Final Score: New England 38, Cincinnati 24
Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns as New
England dispatched Cincinnati, 38-24, in the season-opener for both clubs from
Brady, fresh from agreeing on Thursday to a four-year contract extension
reportedly worth $72 million, was an efficient 25-of-35 for 258 yards for the
Patriots (1-0), who are coming off a 10-6 season and first-round playoff
loss in 2009.
Coming off a season-ending torn ACL, Wes Welker struck for eight catches for
64 yards and two-first half scores. Randy Moss added five receptions for 59
yards and Fred Taylor gained 71 yards on 14 carries.
"Well that was a good start for us today, I'm really proud of the team. They
all came out ready to go, made plays in all three phases of the game," said
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. "We made plays when we needed to make
them, but there are certainly things we need to work on. Now we're going to
New York and there's a challenge."
Carson Palmer went 34-of-50 for 345 yards, two touchdowns and one interception
for the Bengals (0-1), who also finished 10-6 and made a postseason
appearance last season.
Chad Ochocinco led all receivers with 12 catches for 159 yards and a score.
Terrell Owens made his Cincinnati regular-season debut by hauling in seven
balls for 53 yards, while Cedric Benson totaled 43 yards and a rushing TD on
After a dominating first 30 minutes from the home team, Brandon Tate opened
the second half with his first career touchdown, a 97-yard kickoff return for
a 31-3 game, then Cincinnati's offense awoke and drove 80 yards in 12 plays,
ending in a one-yard TD from Palmer to Jermaine Gresham.
Ochocinco's 28-yard touchdown reception with 22 seconds to play in the third
was the clincher on a 12-play, 73-yard march which got the visitors within
31-17. His catch tied him with Carl Pickens for the franchise record in TD
receptions with 63.
However, the Patriots responded with another scoring drive, a 14-play jaunt,
culminating in Brady's one-yard TD pass to Rob Gronkowski with 7:41 left in
Benson's one-yard plunge with 3:57 to go drew the visitors within 38-24, but
the Pats melted more than two minutes off the clock and encroached deep into
Bengals territory before a turnover on downs. Five plays later the clock ran
out on Cincinnati.
"It was not, from our standpoint, a well-played game. We had to make some
third downs on offense and make some stops on third down defensively and we
didn't do that," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "We didn't do much on
offense in the first half, we gave up that kick return to start the second
half and there's the ballgame."
New England got on the board on its first drive of the contest as Welker took
a swing pass nine yards down the left sideline for a score. Aaron Hernandez
sent the Pats deep into Bengals territory with a snaking 45-yard reception two
Stephen Gostkowski hit a 32-yarder to cap the Patriots' following drive, then
Benson fumbled at the Cincy 38 on the next series. The Pats recovered at the
28 but couldn't advance the ball and Gostkowski pulled a 47-yarder wide left.
Welker added his second TD catch of the game with 8:58 to play in the second
quarter. It capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive and was upheld by replay, which
determined the ball crossed the goal line before he was pushed away by a pair
Cincinnati didn't manage to get across midfield until their following series,
but on a 1st-and-10 from the New England 48, Palmer was picked off by Gary
Guyton, who raced 59 yards for a 24-0 game.
The Bengals hit the scoreboard when Mike Nugent was good from 54 yards out
with 1:14 to play in the period. New England kept pushing the offense on its
final chance of the first half, but Gostkowski barely missed a 56-yard try
with one second left.
New England has won the last four meetings and seven of the last eight
overall, and holds a 14-8 lead in the all-time series...The Bengals gained 26
first downs to 20 for the Patriots, and also outgained the hosts 428-376...The
Pats had to do without the services of wideout Jordan Edelman and running back
Laurence Maroney, while the Bengals missed wideout Andre Caldwell...The last
time New England scored on each of its first two drives in a season opener
came in 2005 against Oakland...Tate's TD return on a kickoff was the longest
for the Patriots since Ellis Hobbs ran back the second-half kick 108 yards in
Week 1 against the Jets in 2007...Ochocinco moved over the 10,000-yard
receiving mark with a catch in the third quarter...Cincinnati defensive end
Jonathan Fanene left the game in the second quarter with a right hamstring
injury, and linebacker Keith Rivers sustained a left foot injury late in the
third...Both teams play next Sunday as New England takes on the Jets at the
Meadowlands and Cincinnati hosts Baltimore.
09/12 19:16:04 ET