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Bengal Bytes (11/23): Valiant effort

The Bengals failed to pull off the incredible comeback in Arizona. The Cardinals' kicker ruins a new dance. Gary Kubiak won't commit to a quarterback, and let this squirrel cheer you up.

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Giovani Bernard knows why, and how far, he has run
This is Giovani Bernard's journey to the NFL, from the rat-infested apartments of Fort Lauderdale to a $5 million contract.

Cardinals win on late FG after Bengals rally to tie
Playing on Sunday night just doesn't seem to work out well for the Bengals. After rallying from a 28-14 fourth quarter deficit against the Arizona Cardinals to tie the score at 31-31 with 1:03 remaining, the Cardinals drove from their own 16 to an eventual 32-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro with two seconds left for a 34-31 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Doc: Bengals lose to best they've faced in Cardinals
Carson Palmer took the Bengals and their fans back to 2005 Sunday night. It wasn't exactly a magical mystery tour. Those who enjoy wringing their hands in connection with the Bengals might be happily miserable Monday. The I-told-you-so crowd could be in beast mode.

Andy Dalton, Bengals come up short again in prime time
If this was supposed to be a Super Bowl 50 preview, then buckle up. This is about to be a fun postseason. In a game that had so many juicy story lines coming in -- the Bengals' prime-time woes (now 8-18 since 2003) and and the revenge nature of Carson Palmer's second game against his old team -- it was a last-second, game-winning field goal that did the Cincinnati Bengals in during their 34-31 loss at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday night.

Catanzaro's field goal after penalty gives Arizona wild win
Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining and the Arizona Cardinals escaped with a wild 34-31 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.

Analysis: Why Cardinals beat Bengals
The Bengals won't accept a moral victory, but there is no shame in the fight they showed to come back against Arizona in a 34-31 loss. A disastrous third quarter seemed to leave them dead for another primetime debacle, but Andy Dalton showed heart in leading the comeback.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals: Score, Highlights and Analysis
This week's Sunday Night Football matchup pitted two high-octane offenses against one another as the 8-1 Cincinnati Bengals and the 7-2 Arizona Cardinals squared off in a game that certainly lived up to the hype.

Behind Enemy Lines

Sunday Night wrap up: Cardinals show some youthful enthusiasm
The Cardinals have an old coach and an old quarterback, but they also have young legs at the right time. A number of rookies played prominent roles as the Cardinals held on for a 34-31 win over the Bengals, moving them to 8-2 on the season and keeping them a game up in the race for a top-two seed and a bye in the playoffs.

J.J. Nelson picks up slack and helps Cardinals defeat Bengals
J.J. Nelson’s night didn’t start so well. On his first target Sunday, a long throw from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer late in the first quarter, Nelson either slowed down or stopped running or the wrong pass was thrown. Either way, Palmer's pass fell into an abyss of Cincinnati Bengals and was intercepted. But Nelson made up for it in a big way.

Cardinals make their case as prime power in win vs. Bengals
There should be no more questioning whether the Arizona Cardinals are for real, not after back-to-back prime time wins against likely playoff teams. In Sunday’s 34-31 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cardinals made sure to maintain the three-game lead they have built on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West and remain in contention for a first-round bye. The way Andy Dalton led the Bengals back to tie the game at 31 with a minute remaining was inspiring, especially after a disappointing performance six days ago in a loss to the Houston Texans. But the Bengals now find themselves in a two-game slide.

Cardinals Kicker Chandler Catanzaro Dabs After Beating Bengals on Last-Second FG
The Arizona Cardinals pulled out a 34-31 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night, thanks to a last-second 32-yard field goal. Given the recent craze, Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro knew there was only one way to celebrate—he hit the "dab."

Random Bytes

Squirrel Wreaks Havoc During Packers-Vikings Game, Will Not Be Stopped
There are MVPs, superstars and absolute legends. And then there’s this squirrel. As the Green Bay Packers looked to get back on track against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, this little fella decided to run on the field and juke out everyone in sight.

Jason Hatcher of Washington Redskins says refs treat team unfairly because of nickname
The Washington Redskins searched for reasons why certain calls went against them Sunday. Defensive end Jason Hatcher has one theory: the team's nickname. The Redskins were upset with several calls in Sunday's 44-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers, most notably an unnecessary roughness penalty on cornerback Chris Culliver.

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Gary Kubiak noncommittal on Osweiler starting again
Peyton Manning watched the Broncos' 17-15 win over Chicago on Sunday somewhere in Denver. There's no telling when he will be back on the field with his teammates. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak was predictably non-committal when asked whether fourth-year pro Brock Osweiler will start at quarterback again next week against the Patriots.