NFL: Cincinnati Bengals overcame the Philadelphia Eagles to keep alive their play-off hopes
Last Updated: 14/12/12 7:48am
Cincinnati Bengals have moved into the final American Conference play-off spot following their 34-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The win means the Bengals leapfrog Pittsburgh in the standings, with the forthcoming games against the Steelers (December 23) and Baltimore (December 30) now key to their ambitions.
"The next two are really important," said Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
"A lot of people throw the history of the organisation out there and talk about the fact we haven't had back-to-back playoffs in 30 years but we don't know any different."
The Bengals defence was crucial to the victory, with five turnovers resulting in 27 points.
The Eagles, though, had overturned an early deficit to lead 13-10 at half-time - however Cincinnati cut loose after the break.
BenJarvus Ellis scored on a one-yard run and Josh Brown added a 24-yard field goal to give the Bengals a 10-0 lead.
However Nick Foles connected with Riley Cooper with an 11-yard touchdown pass and Alex Henery slotted over two field goals to give Philadelphia the advantage.
Dalton restored his side's lead as he scampered over from 11 yards, while just 49 seconds later Wallace Gilberry returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown.
A second field goal from Brown, this time from 32 yards, extended the Bengals lead in the fourth quarter - while Dalton's five-yard touchdown pass to AJ Green completed the scoring.