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Week 15 Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (10-3) at San Francisco 49ers (4-9)

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GAME: Cincinnati Bengals (10-3) at San Francisco 49ers (4-9)
Date/Time: Dec. 20, 4:25 p.m. (ET)
Location: Levi's Stadium
Series Leader: 49ers, 9-3
Streak: 49ers have won four of the past six
Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: 1-2. Jim Tomsula: 0-0
TV Broadcast: CBS (1:25 PM PT): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Jay Feely.
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by a "triple cast" on Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham. SIRIUS: 83 (Cin), 145 (SF). XM: 226 (Cin), 231 (SF).
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Weather: 57 degrees and a chance for rain [Weather Underground]
Odds: Bengals, -4.5 [SB Nation]
Referee: Ronald Torbert
Uniform: White jersey, black pants


  • Quarterback AJ McCarron will make his first NFL start this Sunday.
  • McCarron completed 22 of 32 (68.8 percent) of his passes last week for 280 yards with two touchdowns and a passer rating of 90.6.
  • Running back Jeremy Hill has 95 yards from scrimmage in two of his last three games.
  • In his past six games against the NFC, running back Giovani Bernard is averaging 115.5 yards from scrimmage with two rushing touchdowns.
  • In his past 11 games, wide receiver A.J. Green has 68 receptions for 1,061 yards and seven touchdowns.
  • Green has four touchdowns in his last three games and is looking to record a touchdown in his fourth straight game.
  • Green is one of two players in league history with five-plus consecutive seasons with 1,000 yards receiving or more (Randy Moss, 6).
  • Tight end Tyler Eifert is tied for first in the NFL with 12 touchdowns, most by a Bengals tight end in franchise history.
  • The Bengals are the only NFL team sporting two players with at least eight quarterback sacks -- defensive end Carlos Dunlap (10.5) and defensive tackle Geno Atkins (8).
  • Safety Reggie Nelson leads the NFL with a career-high eight interceptions and needs two to tie the franchise record -- 10, Deltha O'Neal.


  • Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has a combined passer rating 93.5 in his past four starts.
  • Running back Shaun Draughn has 396 yards from scrimmage in his past five games.
  • Draughn has 75-plus yards from scrimmage in four of past five games.
  • Wide receiver Anquan Boldin has a touchdown in four of his six career meetings against the Bengals and aims to score for his third straight game against Cincinnati.
  • Bolding needs nine receptions to reach 1,000 for his career -- only 12 players have 1,000 receptions in their career.
  • Wide receiver Torrey Smith posted six receptions for 165 yards receiving against the Bengals on Nov. 20, 2011.
  • Smith has three touchdown receptions of 70 yards or more.
  • Wide receiver Jerome Simpson posted a touchdown reception last week -- his first of the year.
  • Wide receiver Quinton Patton led the 49ers with five receptions last week.
  • Rookie tight end Blake Bell is averaging 17.3 yards per reception over his last three games.
  • Linebacker NaVorro Bowman leads the NFC with 124 tackles.
  • Linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who spent his first two seasons with the Bengals, recorded a quarterback sack in his last game against Cincinnati.
  • Linebacker Aaron Lynch has 10 sacks in his last 11 games at home.
  • Rookie safety Jaquiski Tartt recorded his first career interception last week.
  • Rookie defensive tackle Arik Armstead generated a quarterback sack last week.


Total 376.9 (6th) 289.4 (32nd)
Scoring 27.2 (4th) 14.5 (32nd)
Third Downs 42% (13th) 31% (30th)
Rushing 114.2 (14th) 96.9 (21st)
Rushing TDs 14 (t-3rd) 6 (t-24th)
20-Yard Runs 4 (t-28th) 3 (32nd)
Passing 262.8 (9th) 192.5 (30th)
Passing TDs 27 (t-8th) 12 (t-29th)
Sacks Allowed 23 (t-7th) 45 (32nd)
20-yard Passes 57 (t-2nd) 32 (30th)
Total 338.8 (10th) 401.7 (30th)
Scoring 17.6 (2nd) 24.2 (19th)
3rd Downs Allowed 39% (19th) 42% (22nd)
Rushing 96.2 (9th) 133.2 (31st)
Rushing TDs 6 (t-3rd) 16 (30th)
Passing 242.6 (17th) 268.5 (27th)
Passing TDs 15 (4th) 18 (t-10th)
Sacks 34 (t-9th) 22 (t-28th)
QB Rating 81.4 (6th) 97.5 (24th)
Interceptions 16 (t-3rd) 9 (t-22nd)
Kickoff Return 21.0 (27th) 23.1 (20th)
Punt Return 9.5 (12th) 8.1 (t-20th)
Punting (Net) 40.7 (10th) 39.7 (t-14th)
Punts Inside the 20 18 (t-23rd) 24 (t-7th)


Date Stadium Result
09/25/2011 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 13-8
12/15/2007 Monster Park (San Francisco, CA) L 20-13
12/14/2003 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 41-38
12/05/1999 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) W 44-30
10/20/1996 3com Park (San Francisco, CA) L 28-21
12/05/1993 Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 21-8
12/09/1990 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 20-17,OT
01/22/1989 * Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL) L 20-16
09/20/1987 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 27-26
11/04/1984 Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 23-17
01/24/1982 † Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, MI) L 26-21
12/06/1981 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 21-3
10/01/1978 Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) L 28-12
09/29/1974 Candlestick Park (San Francisco, CA) W 21-3

* Super Bowl XXIII
† Super Bowl XVI