MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Late in the first half, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis took an aggressive approach. In overtime, he turned conservative. Both times his decision backfired.
The Bengals rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the second half Thursday night, but their four-game winning streak was snapped when Andy Dalton got sacked in overtime by Cameron Wake for a safety that gave the Miami Dolphins a 22-20 victory.
"We've won some games at the end," Lewis said. "Today we lost."
The Bengals (6-3) still enjoy a two-game lead in the AFC North, but their ranks are rapidly thinning. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins left in the second quarter with a knee injury, and Lewis said it appeared to involve the All-Pro's anterior cruciate ligament, which would end his season.
Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth (right knee) and backup linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring) missed the game.
The Bengals lost because of four turnovers, and despite totaling 28 first downs and 465 yards while holding Miami to three third-down conversions. Two decisions by Lewis also contributed.
Cincinnati could have tried a 56-yard field goal in overtime, but punted to the Dolphins instead.
"We had a chance, maybe," Lewis said, "but we felt better about pinning them down."
Miami moved to midfield and then pinned Cincinnati deep, setting up the safety.
Lewis made another questionable decision at the end of the first half. When the Bengals started from their own 15 with no timeouts and 45 seconds left, he decided against running out the clock.
His aggressiveness cost Cincinnati when Dalton's pass was intercepted by Dimitri Patterson, setting up a 36-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis that put Miami up 10-3 at halftime.
On third-and-10 from the 8 in overtime, the Bengals tried to throw again. Dalton retreated to the goal line and was tackled by Wake coming up the middle for the third overtime safety in NFL history.
Officials immediately signaled the score, which was upheld following a replay review, ending the game with 6:38 left.
"You just have to do whatever you can to get to the quarterback," Wake said. "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?"
The Pro Bowl end totaled three sacks, and Cincinnati committed four turnovers that might have meant a difference of 17 points.
Miami (4-4) won for the first time since a 3-0 start.
The teams traded punts to start overtime. After Cincinnati's Terence Newman was called for a 38-yard pass interference penalty, the Bengals dug in and forced another punt that pinned them deep, setting up the safety by Wake.
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