Cincinnati 41, Detroit 17
Bengals thrash Lions 41-17, end 15-year postseason drought
Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes in the first half. They gave Palmer 30, breaking Ken Anderson’s previous single-season mark of 29 from 1981. Palmer also threw two interceptions, though.
Rudi Johnson rushed for more than 100 yards for the fourth time this season and ran 4 and 16 yards for touchdowns in the second half.
He equaled his rushing touchdown total, 12, from 2004. The 16-yard touchdown run was Johnson’s 24th attempt and gave him 117 yards.
The Bengals also intercepted three Jeff Garcia passes, one each by defensive tackle John Thornton and cornerbacks Deltha O’Neal and Tory James.
O’Neal’s interception was his 10th, breaking the previous franchise record of nine by Ken Riley in 1976.
Thornton intercepted a deflected pass.
The Bengals scored 10 points off turnovers in the first half, increasing their league best number to 146.
The victory also gave the Bengals their second consecutive sweep of an NFC division. They were 4-0 in 2004 against the NFC East. In three seasons, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis’ teams are 10-2 against the NFC and 17-17 against fellow AFC teams.
Palmer threw scoring passes of 18 yards to Kelley Washington, one yard to Chad Johnson and seven yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Palmer also threw two interceptions in the first half, and the offense was a bit sloppy in its final two possessions of the second quarter.
Backup quarterback Jon Kitna relieved Kitna with 6:43 remaining in the game. Palmer finished 28-for-39 passing for 274 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating was 95.5.
As advertised, many Lions fans came dressed in orange – a Bengals color – and cheered for the visiting Bengals. Lions’ general manager Matt Millen was hung in effigy outside of Ford Field before the game.