(MIAMI) — Cameron Wake sacked Andy Dalton in the end zone for a safety with 6:28 remaining, and the Miami Dolphins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 22-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.
“You just have to do whatever you can to get to the quarterback,” Wake said after a three sack performance. “It couldn’t have come at a better time. How much better could it have been than to have a D-lineman seal the deal?”
Dalton turned the ball over four times during the game, with three interceptions and one lost fumble.
The Dolphins (4-4) won for the first time since their 3-0 start to the year.
“You never want to lose four games in a row,” coach Joe Philbin said, “and we had an excellent football team coming in town. It was time for us to step up, and we had to make a decision — what are we going to be? And I thought they answered the bell pretty well tonight.”
Things went from bad to worse for the Bengals (6-3) when Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury. According to a team source, Atkins tore his ACL and could miss the rest of the season. He will undergo an MRI Friday to confirm the diagnosis.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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