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Giovani Bernard ties game with impressive touchdown run

Giovani Bernard, DeAndre Levy AP

Giovani Bernard was the first running back selected during last year’s draft.

Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins, Bernard showed why.

Bernard scored two touchdowns in the second half to rally the Cincinnati Bengals from a 14-point deficit to even the game at 17-17 early in the fourth quarter.

Bernard scored on a 3-yard run to bring the Bengals back within a score, but it was his second touchdown that was a work of art.

Bernard tried to run off right tackle but was turned away by cornerback Brent Grimes and linebacker Philip Wheeler, who both missed tackles on the play. Bernard circled all the way back to the left sideline, making Olivier Vernon miss in the backfield as well, and picked up a block from quarterback Andy Dalton along the way. He forced another whiffed tackle from Grimes and broke a tackle from Reshad Jones as he broke free and dove into the end zone.

It was officially a 35-yard touchdown run in which Bernard likely covered double the amount of yardage weaving his way into the end zone.

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21 Responses to “Giovani Bernard ties game with impressive touchdown run”
  1. junglerat524 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:08 PM

    Special

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 31, 2013 11:09 PM

    He’s impressive, though I’m glad the Packers got the better running back in the draft.

  3. hawksallday says: Oct 31, 2013 11:09 PM

    Kid can play

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2013 11:12 PM

    You see a lot of time that runners can score TDs if they use the blockers the right way and often times the blockers or the runner make really silly mistakes, but this time it was the Dolphins players that looked like fools trying to figure out how to contain him from not scoring. I thought it was pretty, pretty embarrassing for a lot of those Dolphins on that play. I still feel the HC has the responsibility for teaching players how to think logically on the field in terms of the angles and positioning and it showed once again that these guys aren’t being taught proper fundamentals. Way too many mistakes.

  5. huhsj says: Oct 31, 2013 11:12 PM

    I have no idea why he doesn’t get the bulk of the touches over Green-Ellis. Same for Lamar Miller on the other team tonight.

  6. robman91 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:16 PM

    Run of the year.

  7. craniator says: Oct 31, 2013 11:18 PM

    Alright , so the Bengals have the ball near midfield at the two minute warning , score tied at seventeen apiece. We know how this one ends: either 24-17 Cincinnati or 20-17 Cincinnati. It’s just not Miami’s year , period.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2013 11:20 PM

    Sanu just blew that play inside the final 2 minutes.

    He should have darted inside and he had big extra yardage with an out of position DB that would have yielded a lot of territory, plus it would have helped to burn the clock to hurt the Dolphins on time, plus the Bengals still had 2 TOs in case they felt they needed to conserve time later which would have been unlikely anyhow considering he’s already in FG range and deep in it for sure with the extra yardage.

    That’s a total brain malfunction there, but his team might not even notice or figure that out. They might have thought he made the smart choice.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2013 11:21 PM

    Sanu just failed to react on that deep lob pass on 3rd down too. Now he left them with a long FG after 2 mistakes.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2013 11:30 PM

    Too bad the Bengals didn’t get that extra 1st down and kill some more clock like I suggested. Now it’s a tie game. This game is really annoying by both teams, this is total garbage football on so many levels by both squads. YUCK!

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2013 11:47 PM

    Gosh and now Sanu drops an easy ball in OT. Yikers!

  12. provguard says: Oct 31, 2013 11:49 PM

    Super star in the making…Keep it going Giovani.

  13. edavidberg says: Oct 31, 2013 11:53 PM

    Sanu dropped a pass last possession that cost the Bengals a shot at a makeable field goal. Lets see if they can atone and get back into field goal range.

  14. truthfactory says: Oct 31, 2013 11:56 PM

    Its a joke that Green-Ellis gets the bulk of the carries for the Bengals. This kid is special.

  15. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 1, 2013 12:00 AM

    Soft Gio Bernard looked even more “impressive” leaving the game when it counted most.

    You know what’s really impressive though? The safety that ended the game! Bwahahahaha! Finally the Bengals luck runs out.

  16. laxcoach37 says: Nov 1, 2013 12:03 AM

    Perfect Night! My Dolphins win with 3rd stringers on Offense and I have Geo Bernard on my Fantasy Team. The Dolphins are the best bad team in the NFL… just ask the Bengals, Colts and Seahawks from last year. What amazes me is losing so many close games. About time!

  17. jaychristsays says: Nov 1, 2013 2:07 AM

    That second touchdown run was sexy. As a Dolphins fan, I threw in the towel after that TD. So happy the Fins proved me wrong tonight.

  18. forever9ers says: Nov 1, 2013 4:16 AM

    Reminds me of the great Barry Sanders on that play, who so often had to shake & bake his way past multiple defenders just to get out of his own back field.

  19. ncsportsfan says: Nov 1, 2013 6:24 AM

    I’m Giovani Bernard…and I’m a Tar Heel. Important fact left out of the article.

  20. partsjd says: Nov 1, 2013 7:40 AM

    Best run to watch since Barry Sanders retired !

  21. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 1, 2013 2:40 PM

    Shameful even mentioning soft Gio in the same sentence as Sanders… and unlike soft Gio, Barry never needed the aid of uncalled blocks in the back to aid his runs.

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