Dolphins beat Bengals on walk-off safety in Halloween nightmare for visitors

Eric Edholm
November 1, 2013

The Cincinnati Bengals made history Thursday night and suffered a brutal loss in the process, falling 22-20 on a walk-off safety by Cameron Wake in overtime.

Even with the heroics of Giovani Bernard, who ripped off an insane touchdown run that shifted the momentum back in the Bengals' favor after a 17-3 deficit, they couldn't stop the Dolphins from tying the game in regulation and winning it in overtime.

Wake's sack of Andy Dalton capped off the miserable game for the Bengals, who blew countless opportunities to win a fun but ugly game in Miami.

Dalton finished with 338 yards, his fourth straight 300-yard game, but he also threw three interceptions. One was a perfect throw and not his fault on a Mohamed Sanu drop (plus a missed helmet-to-helmet call), but the other two were undercut "out" routes that Dalton threw off target — and one was a 94-yard touchdown runback by Brent Grimes after the Bengals were knocking on the door.

Dalton also took two red-zone sacks, and fumbled on one of them (also a Wake sack, when Andre Smith was beaten to the outside), in the first half. But he was haunted by drops, too, with at least two each from A.J. Green and Sanu. Green had a big night with a career-high 11 catches for 128 yards, and Bernard was outstanding with 104 yards from scrimmage and two scores.

But Bernard left with a rib injury and All Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins left on a cart with a first-half right knee injury. Neither returned to the game.

All around, it was a horrific night for the Bengals, who were just starting to show themselves as a Super Bowl contender coming in. Instead, they fall to 6-3 and hold their collective breaths over the Bernard and Atkins injuries.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!