(CINCINNATI) — The Indianapolis Colts suffered a 42-28 defeat at Cincinnati on Sunday but were still able to clinch a playoff spot. Despite the loss, Denver’s win over AFC South rival Tennessee later in the day gave the Colts the division title.
The Bengals (9-4) put the game out of reach early, scoring the first 21 points of the game, including a 14-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns while running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for two more scores. The victory helps Cincinnati close in on their first AFC North crown since 2009.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck led the first scoring drive of the day for Indianapolis in the third quarter when he connected with Da’Rick Rogers on a 69-yard touchdown strike. A few minutes later he found LaVon Brazill to cut the deficit to seven, but that would be as close as the team would get. Luck finished the game with 326 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Indianapolis has struggled in recent games, getting blown out 40-11 at Arizona two weeks ago and barely getting past the Titans last week, 22-14. The Colts fell to 8-5 with the loss. They will host Houston next week.
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Jill Martin, CNN