CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals got a big day from quarterback Joe Burrow as they defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 35-17, Sunday afternoon at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
Burrow passed for 481 yards, three touchdown and ran for a fourth.
The Bengals took the opening kickoff and Burrow hit Tyler Boyd downfield for a 60-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead. After forcing the Falcons to punt, Joe Mixon capped a 71-yard drive for Cincinnati with one-yard touchdown run to go up, 14-0, after one quarter.
Burrow threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase to start the second quarter to expand the advantage to 21-0. Tyler Allgeier’s one-yard touchdown leap put the Falcons on the board, 21-7.
With 49 seconds left in the first half, Burrow found Chase for a 41-yard touchdown strike to extend it to 28-7. But the Falcons responded as Marcus Mariota found Damiere Byrd who 75 yards for a touchdown to cut it to 28-14 with 39 seconds left in the first half.
After the Bengals went three and out, Avery Williams returned a punt 56 yards to Cincinnati’s 25-yard line and Younghoe Koo’s 43-yard field cut it to 28-17.
Burrow capped a seven play, 62-yard drive in the third quarter with a one-yard touchdown run to increase it to 35-17. The Bengal defense kept Atlanta out of the end zone in the second half. Opponents have not scored a second half touchdown against Cincinnati this year.
The Bengals had a pair of 100-yard receivers. Tyler Boyd caught eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. Ja’Marr Chase also had eight catches for 130 yards and two scores.
Cincinnati improves to 4-3 this season and remain in a first place tie with Baltimore in the AFC North.
The Bengals will play the Cleveland Browns on Halloween Night, October 31, on Monday Night Football at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on 1290 and 95-7, WHIO.
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