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Bengals end Brady's streak, beat Patriots 13-6
CINCINNATI 13, NEW ENGLAND 6

By JOE KAY
AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Tom Brady couldn't get into the end zone
against a defense that's developing a reputation for taking down
the league's top quarterbacks.

Aaron Rodgers found out. And so did Brady, running on empty all
game long.

The Bengals ended Brady's streak of 52 consecutive games with a
touchdown pass on Sunday, sacking him on his first pass attempt
and keeping the pressure going.

The defense even helped BenJarvus Green-Ellis get into the end
zone for the game's only touchdown in a 13-6 victory over the
previously undefeated Patriots.

It was so impressive that defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was
handed a rain-drenched game ball in the locker room.

"That's a great accomplishment," coach Marvin Lewis said. "I
don't normally give out game balls, but I gave that one to
Zimmer. They played well today. They were tight in coverage most
of the day. Upfront, they got after it."

Geno Atkins sacked Brady on his first pass attempt, and the
Bengals (3-2) dropped him four times overall. And that wasn't
all: New England (4-1) failed to get into the end zone after a
first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

One yard too much for New England? Stunning.

"I'm bummed that we lost," Brady said of his broken streak. "I
think that's all that really matters."

A driving rain moved in just before New England's final chance.
After a couple of dropped passes, Brady threw one toward the
goal line and Adam "Pacman" Jones made a juggling interception
inside the Cincinnati 5-yard line.

Some finish.

"We knew we were going to have our hands full, but we were able
to get to Brady on the second play," defensive tackle Domata
Peko said. "After that, you could see he was a little shaky. If
you hit somebody enough, they're going to make mistakes."

Brady had thrown a touchdown pass in 52 straight games, the
second-longest streak in NFL history behind Drew Brees' 54-game
streak.

The Patriots were held out of the end zone for the first time
since a 16-9 loss to the Jets on Sept. 20, 2009.

"All week long, all you guys were talking about was Tom Brady,"
safety Chris Crocker said. "We wanted them to be talking about
us."

They are now, with good reason.

Two weeks earlier at Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals' defense
stymied Rodgers in a 34-30 win over Green Bay, overcoming four
turnovers by Cincinnati's offense that gave the Packers good
field position.

Brady never got into a rhythm against Cincinnati's unrelenting
pass rush. He finished 18 of 38 for 197 yards with one
interception and a paltry passer rating of 52.2.

Cincinnati's defense even had a hand - well, a shoulder - in the
winning touchdown.

The Bengals had failed to score a touchdown during a 17-6 loss
at Cleveland, one that left them looking to establish an
identity on offense by running the ball. They did what they
wanted in one grinding drive.

Cincinnati went 93 yards in 14 plays for its touchdown, holding
the ball for 7 minutes, 48 seconds. Peko came in as a blocking
fullback on third-and-goal from inside the 1-yard line but took
off too soon, a false start.

Andy Dalton scrambled to the 1 on a keeper, and Peko came in and
plowed the way for Green-Ellis to score on fourth down.

Dalton was 20 of 27 for 212 yards with four sacks and one costly
interception. He scrambled away from pressure and threw back
across the field in the first quarter, getting intercepted by
Brandon Spikes at the 8-yard line.

It was the first time during his three-year career that Dalton
threw an interception on a play that started inside the
opponent's 20-yard line.

Given how the defense was playing, the one touchdown drive was
good enough.

"It's definitely fun to watch those guys go out and play,"
Dalton said. "They're doing so many good things, and to see what
they do to a guy like Tom Brady and what they've done to a lot
of these quarterbacks - they're some of the best in the league.

"They're playing unbelievable."

Notes: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was inactive for the fifth
time. He's recovering from a forearm injury and back surgery.
... Brady had been 4-0 against the Bengals with a 114 passer
rating. ... WR Austin Collie, signed on Thursday, also was
inactive. ... DL Tommy Kelly hurt his right knee in the fourth
quarter but walked off the field. ... New England has a takeaway
in 32 straight games, the longest active streak in the league.
... Bengals CB Leon Hall missed a second straight game with a
hamstring injury.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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