Patriots sew up playoff spot with 34-13 win over Bengals

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The last time the Patriots lost at home to the Chiefs, they went on to Cincinnati and got a win that put them back on the right track.

If it ain’t broke it, don’t fix it. The Patriots continued to have issues getting their offense on track, but they forced five turnovers and used short fields to their advantage in a 34-13 win over the Bengals. The victory clinches a playoff spot for the Patriots and they’ll now turn their attention toward sewing up a bye. That effort will start with a home game against the Bills next Saturday.

Stephon Gilmore had two of those takeaways and his third quarter interceptions broke the game open. The Patriots followed one with Tom Brady‘s 538th career touchdown pass and Gilmore returned the second for a 64-yard touchdown.

Brady’s two touchdown passes leave him one behind Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history. If Drew Brees throws at least two scores against the Colts on Monday, Brady will also be trailing him in that category.

While he climbed the leaderboard, it wasn’t a great day for Brady. He was 15-of-29 for 128 yards overall, but the Patriots run game did show up. Sony Michel had 73 yards on 15 carries, Rex Burkhead had a 33-yard touchdown run and they put up a season-high 175 rushing yards on the day.

More of that work on the ground and the continued exploits of a playmaking defense will be welcomed, but nothing would be greeted with a bigger smile in New England than a spark in the passing game.

The Bengals drop to 1-13 with the loss and will head to Miami next weekend. They’ll have a shot at winning if Joe Mixon runs as well as he did on Sunday — 25 carries for 136 yards — but four more interceptions from Andy Dalton will ensure they wind up with the first overall pick come April.

60 responses to “Patriots sew up playoff spot with 34-13 win over Bengals

  1. Should have been a bigger blowout if it weren’t for the Edelman false start and some paper thin line play. Glad the playoff berth is done though. Why even send a camera to the Bengals anyway? Andy Dalton looks absolutely god awful.

  2. but four more interceptions from Andy Dalton will ensure they wind up with the first overall pick come April.

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    I was wondering when Dalton would inevitably be thrown under the bus and blamed for the *loss today. You delivered. Of course it is incredibly easy to force turnovers when you have God knows how much tape on the plays being called. Solid win by the “Documentary Filmmaker.”

  3. Common sense would be to strip them off every single win including postseason wins and all their Lombardis during the belichick era.

    The NFL needs to send a message that cheating won’t be tolerated

  4. Meh the Bengals have #32 rushing D, if they hadn’t got a lot of running yards that would have been of note

  5. Common sense would be to strip them off every single win including postseason wins and all their Lombardis during the belichick era.

    The NFL needs to send a message that cheating won’t be tolerated..

  6. “ Good thing they taped their sidelines”

    Hilarious

    So you think the Bengals who have the tape, knew exactly what plays were run from what alignments during that 8 minutes, chose to run those plays unchanged with no variation?

    Double facepalm

  7. Meh. It’s the Bengals.

    They are going to get the doors blown off by a playoff team unless they find an identity on offense. Running out of time to do it.

  8. NFL and Bengals took control of whatever the videotape showed. The Patriots did not have any advantage from that whatsoever but they had no intention of using that videotape anyway. They had a rogue cameraman on their staff who went against protocol and has been suspended by the organization

  9. danny woodson says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Common sense would be to strip them off every single win including postseason wins and all their Lombardis during the belichick era.

    The NFL needs to send a message that cheating won’t be tolerated

    Common sense would tell you this was a lame comment the first time you posted it on the other article.

    It’s still lame even when you post it 2 times on this article.

    Common sense would tell you IF. a team was going to try and cheat
    They wouldn’t do it in view of EVERYONE with a monitor facing EVERYONE.

    But no one ever said the Patriots crybabies had common sense

  10. Common sense would tell you IF. a team was going to try and cheat
    They wouldn’t do it in view of EVERYONE with a monitor facing EVERYONE.
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    I don’t acknowledge what we saw on the tape as cheating. The difference between that and the Spygate tape was night and day.

    With that said nobody’s minds will be change so pointless to spam about it.

  11. This Bengals football team sucks. They know they suck and them crying about “Spygate 2” was an attempt by them to make excuses. They are a 1-13 football team and today the Patriots showed why that is…they should just play for the #1 pick.

  12. Mmm love me some salty tears. That and ppl whining and crying just makes my day

    You must lead a very empty life if this makes your day….
    try going to church and then get some help you have too much hate…..
    Get well.

    Pats offense was offensive against the Bungals

  13. It looks like the Patriots will have played 7 games against playoff teams during the regular season.

    Both KC and Houston will have played five.

  14. kd75 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm
    It’s almost as if they had some sort of unfair advantage…

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    It was as if they knew which plays were being called before the play even began….

  15. “Should have been a bigger blowout if it weren’t for the Edelman false start and some paper thin line play. Glad the playoff berth is done though. Why even send a camera to the Bengals anyway? Andy Dalton looks absolutely god awful.”

    Only Pats fans make these kinds of comments after wins. How about “should have been a Cincy win without 3 picks and a terrible onside kick”?

    Mistakes are part of the game. It shouldn’t have been anything but 34-13.

  16. Close at halftime than pats come out after watching their cheating footage and really slam the door down. Take away their picks Roger cheaters cheaters cheaters

  17. Your right common sense would tell you that they would t be cheating but than again this is the pats who have cheated what 3 or 4 times that they have been caught. So actually common sense tells us that they are cheating actually

  18. jets2469 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:49 pm
    Your right common sense would tell you that they would t be cheating but than again this is the pats who have cheated what 3 or 4 times that they have been caught. So actually common sense tells us that they are cheating actually
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    Actually I enjoy seeing jets fans post here….. it warms my heart to see they & their fans are STILL irrelevant….. instead of being mad at their organization they flock to Patriots articles & blame them for their team being lousy…. PRICELESS!!!!!

  19. danny woodson says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Common sense would be to strip them off every single win including postseason wins and all their Lombardis during the belichick era.

    ====

    Another obsessed one.

  20. Just calling it like I see it with this cheating team and their front running fan base. My Super Bowl is watching you loose in the super bowl

  21. For all the non sensical logic disoriented haters, chew on this one:

    Patriots set impressive NFL record with 11th consecutive playoff berth

  22. Pats had a slow start, until they got their halftime film analysis from their code breaker team. Probably would have had a fast start if they had that confiscated bengals film.

  23. I guess in ‘Merica it is now the norm, when you can’t outwork someone and are not as successful as them to attribute said failure to the opposition as cheating rather then to oneself for one’s own shortcomings and failures.

    Hey I just call it like i see it too. Sweet salty tears.

  24. Well, at least the Pats had some tape on the them. Not a lot but, probably enough to secure a win. Why would the Pats tape the lowly Bengals sideline?

    Pats fans are right! Greatest football organization to tape other teams!

    Yeah, I know. It didn’t reveal anything but, Pats fans, you have to understand, it doesn’t look good due to past history.

    If you can’t have your (Patriots) employees follow the rules, then it’s an organizational issue. This falls on Bill. As you all say, he runs the ENTIRE organization. You all have said nothing happens unless Bill knows about it.

    So, does that mean Bill knew about what they were doing, and where?

    You can’t have it both ways. Bill doesn’t like rogue employees.

  25. Let’s not forget, the Bengals demolished Mark Sanchez 2.0 and the Jets just two weeks ago. They are not as bad as their record suggests.

  26. jets2469 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Just calling it like I see it with this cheating team and their front running fan base. My Super Bowl is watching you loose in the super bowl
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    Do you mean loose as in relaxed? Because of course they are – they make it to the SB every year and are used to it.

  27. jets2469 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Just calling it like I see it with this cheating team and their front running fan base. My Super Bowl is watching you loose in the super bowl
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    Losers are left with rooting for other teams to lose. They lose and then hope someone else loses. Its what losers do. Do the math.

  28. “GoodellMustGo” says:

    “I don’t acknowledge what we saw on the tape as cheating. The difference between that and the Spygate tape was night and day.”

    How would you know…we never saw the Spygate Tape?

  29. Question for you digital video experts. It looks like a video from the perspective of a scout in the box. There’s no zeroing in on signs or on specific coaches. It wasn’t done clandestinely. The camera was on a stand and had a flat screen monitor display of what was being filmed. You see more from a tv game tape.

    What illicit benefit could come of it, intentionally or unintentionally? Most crimes require a proof of intent.

  30. NE’s been caught cheating so many times, it doesn’t matter what they do
    It’s all tainted!!

  31. what signs are suspected of being stolen? Plays and D’s come in via headset. Personnel groups? Um, you match those up with who runs on and off the field. cry on!

  32. matt14gg says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    “GoodellMustGo” says:

    “I don’t acknowledge what we saw on the tape as cheating. The difference between that and the Spygate tape was night and day.”

    How would you know…we never saw the Spygate Tape?
    —-
    Yes we did. It zoomed in on coaching personnel making signals then panned to the field showing formation then showed the scoreboard with down, distance and time. Put it all together and you got their signals. Collecting signals like that is 100% illegal. There is no way an independent video crew would have done anything like that if they weren’t directed to do so by the football ops. I would not defend the team if today’s tape showed that because I hate cheaters.

    Today’s tape was nothing like that in any way. That’s a good thing for the league.

  33. jets2469 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Just calling it like I see it with this cheating team and their front running fan base. My Super Bowl is watching you loose in the super bowl

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    Your super bowl was in 1969, and that was against a backup QB.

  34. The book on the Pats is to attack the right side of the OL. Buffalo exposed the flaw, the Ravens did it better and the Chiefs did it best of all. A 42 year old Brady with no legit TEs and receivers that are either banged up or average is going to have a tough time.

  35. harrisonhits2 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm
    “ Good thing they taped their sidelines”

    Hilarious

    So you think the Bengals who have the tape, knew exactly what plays were run from what alignments during that 8 minutes, chose to run those plays unchanged with no variation?

    Double facepalm

    77 20 Rate This

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    Remember when the Jets claimed BB runs into the locker room for a 12 min halftime to diagnose hand signals?

    That was funny. Ironically, Woody Johnson hiring Goodell started all of these 345 Park Ave shenanigans. Note how all of the accusations come from scorned afc teams.

  36. GoodellMustGo says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    matt14gg says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    “GoodellMustGo” says:

    “I don’t acknowledge what we saw on the tape as cheating. The difference between that and the Spygate tape was night and day.”

    How would you know…we never saw the Spygate Tape?
    —-
    Yes we did. It zoomed in on coaching personnel making signals then panned to the field showing formation then showed the scoreboard with down, distance and time. Put it all together and you got their signals. Collecting signals like that is 100% illegal. There is no way an independent video crew would have done anything like that if they weren’t directed to do so by the football ops. I would not defend the team if today’s tape showed that because I hate cheaters.

    Today’s tape was nothing like that in any way. That’s a good thing for the league.

    7 3 Rate This

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    Was only made illegal in 2006 once Woody Johnson hired Goodell. Not a coincidence. Do not make me post the Cowher interview again.

  37. matt14gg says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    “GoodellMustGo” says:

    “I don’t acknowledge what we saw on the tape as cheating. The difference between that and the Spygate tape was night and day.”

    How would you know…we never saw the Spygate Tape?

    3 6 Rate This—————-

    ugh

    we did see it…just because you didn’t doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

    nothing
    worse than a millennial

  38. And darnold isn’t even close to Sanchez on talent alone. Figured I’d you knew a thing about football you would see that that just cuz they went to the same college doesn’t mean their the same type of player. They actually couldn’t be any more different. Just shows you how little people really know about what their talking about. Learn something before you speak bud

  39. We have our franchise quarterback and you will be looking for one real soon. Need to cheat to beat the bengals sad sad sad

  40. 4personalitytheories says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:26 pm
    NE’s been caught cheating so many times, it doesn’t matter what they do
    It’s all tainted!!
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    “…so many times..” Tell me how many exactly? Zero, that’s how many.

  41. It’s really funny people complaining abut the patsies constant cheating. Like the need to cheat when the Commish will actually just change or make up a rule to help them along…..not to mention I’m sure the refs have been told how to make the calls. Best I ever saw was when one of the refs when up to a patsie LB and told him to shift over to where he was supposed to line up. Any other team would have gotten a penalty.

  42. Just calling it like I see it with this cheating team and their front running fan base. My Super Bowl is watching you loose in the super bowl

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    Hard not be front running when you’re always out front

    And as for the Super Bowl comment, that’s just sad

  43. atshomer90s says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm
    try going to church and then get some help…

    Mmm the saltiness tastes so sweet

    If you’re licking someone’s tears you do need help.

  44. 4personalitytheories says:
    December 15, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    NE’s been caught cheating so many times, it doesn’t matter what they do
    It’s all tainted!!

    When did they ever cheat? I know of NO cheating from NE.

  45. jets2469 says:
    December 15, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    We have our franchise quarterback and you will be looking for one real soon. Need to cheat to beat the bengals sad sad sad

    LOL, franchise QB on the NY Jets? Have EVER EVER had one before??

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