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Bengals rally late to spoil Luck's return with 34-23 win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Cincinnati needed Clayton Fejedelem's pinch-hitting skills Sunday.

He delivered with the perfect swing.

The Bengals' backup safety jarred the ball loose from Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle with less than 35 seconds left in the game. Fejedelem scooped up the loose ball and sprinted down the sideline to end Andrew Luck's comeback hopes with an 83-yard touchdown return to preserve the Bengals' 34-23 victory.

''Really lucky he just turned, presented his chest and I saw the ball,'' Fejedelem said. ''I just tried to get down there and do whatever I could. It just kind of popped and the rest is history.''

It was an unlikely performance in the most unlikely circumstance.

Fejedelem was pressed into service only after starting safety Shawn Williams became the first player this season to be ejected following a helmet-to-helmet hit on Luck.

Fortunately for the Bengals, Fejedelem was ready for anything thrown his way.

He entered the game with 25 tackles in his first two NFL seasons, but finished with 10 tackles Sunday and even seemed to choreograph the head-first dive to cap his first NFL score.

The victory ended Cincinnati's eight-game losing streak in Indy, gave the Bengals their fourth win in the past five openers and ended Luck's last gasp chance of a comeback in his first regular-season start in more than 20 months.

''It was relief at that point,'' Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton said after going 21 of 28 with 243 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. ''Them driving the ball down there like that, I was nervous. Our guys made a great play. It's a big play to end it.''

How desperate were the Bengals?

With Indy trailing 27-23, Luck took over with 3:52 to go and led the Colts to the Bengals 25.

Indy then lost 5 yards on a pass on first down and faced third-and-15 after an incompletion on second down.

Doyle caught Luck's third down pass near the Bengals 15 and appeared to have twisted his way to a first down when he got stood up by one Bengals defender and Fejedelem knocked the ball loose before Doyle's knee hit the ground.

''I messed it up,'' Doyle said. ''It stings.''

Luck was 39 of 53 for 319 yards, two TD passes and an interception on his first official throw of the season - an underthrown pass to Doyle inside the Bengals 5.

But Luck helped stake the Colts to a 23-10 lead midway through the third quarter.

Then, just like last season, the Colts couldn't close it out.

Dalton cut the deficit to six with a 38-yard TD pass to A.J. Green and the Bengals retook the lead on Joe Mixon's leaping 1-yard scoring run with 11:07 left to play. Randy Bullock made it 27-23 with a 39-yard field goal with 3:57 to go.

And then Fejedelem ended the Colts' hopes with one crucial hit.

''To make the strip and make the return is big,'' coach Marvin Lewis said.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

The Colts and Bengals both refrained from any player protests while the national anthem was sung. And neither team had anyone in the locker room.

STAT PACK

Bengals: Mixon carried 17 times for 95 yards and five catches for 54 yards. Green caught six passes for 92 yards and Preston Brown picked off Luck on the Colts' first possession of the game. Cincinnati was called for four personal fouls.

Colts: Adam Vinatieri made three field goals, missing a 55-yarder just before Cincinnati's go-ahead score. He has 562 field goals, three short of Morten Andersen's league record. Luck connected with nine receivers, led by Ryan Grant who had eight catches for 59 yards and Doyle who had seven catches for 60 yards.

INJURY REPORT

Bengals: Brown limped off the field late in the first half with an injured right ankle. Defensive tackle Andrew Billings also left with leg cramps late in the third quarter.

Colts: Indy did not play with longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), projected right tackle Denzelle Good (knee/wrist) or running back Marlon Mack (hamstring). The Colts also lost cornerback Chris Milton in the second half after he entered the concussion protocol.

THEY SAID IT

Bengals: ''You're back,'' Lewis said he told Luck after the game.

Colts: ''I was certainly a bit emotional before the game and I wish we would have won,'' Luck said. ''I think I was a little careless with the ball when we had a chance to put some points on the board and make it an insurmountable lead and we don't do it.

UP NEXT

Bengals: Head home to host Baltimore on Thursday night.

Colts: Begin a two-game road trip against the NFC East by visiting Washington next Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Mixon 28 RB
95 RuYds, RuTD, 54 ReYds, 5 RECs
20
FPTS
A. Luck 12 QB
319 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, INT, 7 RuYds
22
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Touchdown 0:40
A.Luck pass short left to J.Doyle to CIN 15 for 15 yards (C.Fejedelem). FUMBLES (C.Fejedelem) RECOVERED by CIN-C.Fejedelem at CIN 17. C.Fejedelem for 83 yards TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
33
23
Field Goal 4:08
R.Bullock 39 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
11
plays
58
yds
5:56
pos
27
23
Point After TD 11:07
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
24
23
Touchdown 11:10
J.Fisher and S.Hubbard reported in as eligible. J.Mixon up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
55
yds
4:05
pos
23
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:09
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
17
23
Touchdown 4:18
A.Dalton pass deep left to A.Green for 38 yards TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
4:04
pos
16
23
Point After TD 8:13
A.Vinatieri extra point is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
plays
yds
pos
10
23
Touchdown 8:17
A.Luck pass short left to T.Hilton for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN. PENALTY on CIN-W.Jackson Unnecessary Roughness 15 yards enforced between downs.
9
plays
60
yds
3:17
pos
10
22
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:14
A.Vinatieri 51 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
8
plays
43
yds
1:42
pos
10
16
Point After TD 1:44
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
10
13
Touchdown 1:48
A.Dalton pass short left to J.Ross for 3 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
75
yds
1:17
pos
9
13
Field Goal 3:11
A.Vinatieri 38 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
12
plays
58
yds
6:23
pos
3
13
Point After TD 12:02
A.Vinatieri extra point is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
plays
yds
pos
3
10
Touchdown 12:09
A.Luck pass deep right to E.Ebron for 26 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
58
yds
3:02
pos
3
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:06
A.Vinatieri 21 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
14
plays
72
yds
6:57
pos
3
3
Field Goal 8:30
R.Bullock 42 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
10
plays
69
yds
4:50
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 27:12 32:48
1st Downs 19 24
Rushing 5 4
Passing 11 17
Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Conv 4-8 11-17
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 330 380
Total Plays 50 77
Avg Gain 6.6 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 101 75
Rush Attempts 20 22
Avg Rush Yards 5.1 3.4
Net Yards Passing 229 305
Comp. - Att. 21-28 39-53
Yards Per Pass 8.2 5.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-14 2-14
Penalties - Yards 8-94 7-91
Touchdowns 4 2
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 1 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 2-48.0 2-48.0
Return Yards 41 54
Punts - Returns 1--1 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-42 2-54
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kicking 6/6 5/6
Extra Points 4/4 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 3/4
Red Zone Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-3 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-3 -33%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bengals 1-0 3771734
Colts 0-1 3137023
229 PASS YDS 305
101 RUSH YDS 75
330 TOTAL YDS 380
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Dalton 14 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 243 2 1 109.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 486 4 2 109.7
A. Dalton 21/28 243 2 1 19
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Mixon 28 RB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 95 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 190 2
J. Mixon 17 95 1 27 20
A. Dalton 14 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 16 0
A. Dalton 2 8 0 7 19
G. Bernard 25 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -4 0
G. Bernard 1 -2 0 -2 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Green 18 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 92 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 184 2
A. Green 8 6 92 1 38 13
J. Mixon 28 RB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 108 0
J. Mixon 7 5 54 0 21 20
T. Eifert 85 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 88 0
T. Eifert 3 3 44 0 29 4
T. Boyd 83 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 52 0
T. Boyd 5 3 26 0 17 2
G. Bernard 25 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 22 0
G. Bernard 1 1 11 0 11 1
T. Kroft 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 18 0
T. Kroft 1 1 9 0 9 0
C. Uzomah 87 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 8 0
C. Uzomah 1 1 4 0 4 0
J. Ross 15 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 3 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 6 2
J. Ross 2 1 3 1 3 6
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
N. Vigil 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-0 0 0.0
N. Vigil 11-0 0.0 0 0
C. Fejedelem 42 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-2 0 0.0
C. Fejedelem 9-1 0.0 0 1
J. Bates 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-0 0 0.0
J. Bates 8-0 0.0 0 0
P. Brown 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 2 0.0
P. Brown 5-0 0.0 1 0
W. Jackson 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
W. Jackson 4-0 0.0 0 0
H. Nickerson 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
H. Nickerson 4-0 0.0 0 0
R. Glasgow 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
R. Glasgow 3-3 0.0 0 0
G. Atkins 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 2.0
G. Atkins 3-1 1.0 0 0
D. Kirkpatrick 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
D. Kirkpatrick 3-0 0.0 0 0
C. Dunlap 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
C. Dunlap 2-0 1.0 0 0
D. Dennard 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Dennard 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Evans 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Evans 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Johnson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Williams 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Bullock 4 K
10
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
4/4 8/8
R. Bullock 2/2 42 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Huber 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 48.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 48.0 0
K. Huber 2 48.0 0 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Bernard 25 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 14.0 14 0
G. Bernard 1 14.0 14 0
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 28.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 28.0 28 0
A. Erickson 1 28.0 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 -1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 -1.0 -1 0
A. Erickson 1 -1.0 -1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Luck 12 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.6% 319 2 1 93.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.6% 638 4 2 93.2
A. Luck 39/53 319 2 1 22
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Wilkins 20 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 80 0
J. Wilkins 14 40 0 12 6
N. Hines 42 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 38 0
N. Hines 5 19 0 6 4
C. Michael 38 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 18 0
C. Michael 2 9 0 8 0
A. Luck 12 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
A. Luck 1 7 0 7 22
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Doyle 84 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 7 60 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 120 0
J. Doyle 10 7 60 0 13 4
R. Grant 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 8 59 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 118 0
R. Grant 9 8 59 0 13 5
E. Ebron 85 TE
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 51 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 102 2
E. Ebron 5 4 51 1 26 11
T. Hilton 13 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 5 46 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 92 2
T. Hilton 11 5 46 1 13 10
N. Hines 42 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 66 0
N. Hines 9 7 33 0 17 4
J. Wilkins 20 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 42 0
J. Wilkins 3 3 21 0 8 6
Z. Pascal 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 36 0
Z. Pascal 1 1 18 0 18 1
C. Rogers 80 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 36 0
C. Rogers 3 3 18 0 8 1
E. Swoope 86 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 26 0
E. Swoope 1 1 13 0 13 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
C. Geathers 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-0 0 0.0
C. Geathers 7-0 0.0 0 1
D. Leonard 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-6 0 0.0
D. Leonard 6-3 0.0 0 0
N. Hairston 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 0.0
N. Hairston 6-0 0.0 0 0
A. Walker 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
A. Walker 5-0 0.0 0 0
M. Hooker 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
M. Hooker 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Hunt 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 4.0
M. Hunt 3-0 2.0 0 0
K. Moore 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 2 0.0
K. Moore 3-0 0.0 1 0
M. Farley 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
M. Farley 2-0 0.0 0 1
S. Moore 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
S. Moore 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Sheard 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
J. Sheard 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Muhammad 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Muhammad 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Autry 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Autry 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Turay 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Turay 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Woods 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-6 0 0.0
A. Woods 0-3 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Vinatieri 4 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/4 2/2
SEASON FG XP
6/8 4/4
A. Vinatieri 3/4 51 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Sanchez 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 47.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 47.5 0
R. Sanchez 2 47.5 0 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Z. Pascal 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 27.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 27.0 28 0
Z. Pascal 2 27.0 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Rogers 80 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 0.0 0 0
C. Rogers 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CIN 30 0:59 2 7 INT
13:18 CIN 7 4:50 10 69 FG
1:23 CIN 25 1:19 3 30 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:02 CIN 25 2:38 3 7 Punt
3:01 CIN 25 1:17 5 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:43 CIN 33 2:02 3 -8 Punt
8:13 CIN 25 4:04 8 75 TD
0:17 CIN 45 4:05 7 55 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:01 CIN 21 5:56 11 58 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:11 CIN 7 0:51 2 -7 INT
8:20 IND 25 6:57 14 72 FG
0:11 IND 42 3:02 7 58 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:34 IND 22 6:23 12 58 FG
1:44 IND 24 1:42 8 43 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IND 25 1:28 3 -8 Punt
11:42 IND 40 3:17 9 60 TD
4:09 IND 25 3:57 9 38 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:07 IND 25 1:14 3 8 Punt
3:57 IND 25 3:33 13 58 Fumble
0:24 IND 21 0:24 1 9 Game