San Francisco 49ers vs Cincinnati Bengals, regular season, Week 14, Sunday December 12, 2021

To start up: 4:25 p.m. Eastern Time.

Television: The game will air nationally on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be broadcast on WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. The broadcasters are Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst) and AJ Ross (journalist).

Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, run by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). The broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

The game will also air nationally on ESPN Radio. The broadcasters are Sean Kelly (play-by-play), Kirk Morrison (analyst) and Sal Paolantonio (journalist).

Staging: The Bengals face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in what will be Cincinnati’s third straight home game and third home game in six weeks. The Bengals will be looking to return to the winning column after losing 41-22 at home last week to the LA Chargers.

“We didn’t deserve to win today,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. “Digging a hole like we did with turnovers, explosive plays, the opening kickoff going back 48 yards and just other things I did was certainly unacceptable. The Chargers are a good one. football team, so when you put that performance there, that’s what’s going to happen. “

The Bengals fell 24-0 early in the second quarter, after the Chargers scored three touchdowns and one FG on their first four offensive possessions. Two of those possessions came thanks to the Bengals’ turnovers, which the Chargers turned into 10 points.

“We were down 24-0, and it looked pretty dark, but our guys stayed the course,” said Taylor. “(The deficit) wasn’t just on the defensive end. Our offense gave them a lot – they got 10 points on turnovers in the first quarter, and we often put them in a tough spot.”

But what at first looked like a runaway Chargers quickly turned the tide. Cincinnati reduced LA’s lead to 24-13 at halftime with two touchdowns in the second quarter, including a six-yard run by QB Joe Burrow. After his TD, Burrow went to the sidelines with obvious pain from what he later said was a dislocated pinky finger on his throwing hand. All eyes – and TV cameras – were on Burrow as he practiced sidelining in obvious pain.

“It was a decision to ‘make it feel better, or keep throwing the ball a little bit,” “Burrow said after the game. “So I decided I could throw the ball. It was just something I had to go through. That’s what football is – you have to play with injuries sometimes. It’s just something that I’m going to go through. have to deal with it. I’m not going to miss a game because of it. It’s not something that’s going to happen. “

Despite the injury, Burrow led the Bengals to an FG and TD on their first two possessions of the second half, closing the gap to 24-22. The TD came on a seven-yard run by HB Joe Mixon, who now has a TD in nine straight games and enters Sunday’s game against San Francisco needing a TD to tie the team record for games. consecutive with a TD.

The Cincinnati defense, which earlier in the game had lost two starters in LB Logan Wilson and CB Chidobe Awuzie, held the Chargers scoreless in the third quarter and allowed the offense to continue its ascent. The Bengals have repeatedly pressured Chargers QB Justin Herbert and sacked him four times during the day.

One of them came from DE Trey Hendrickson, who now has a sack in eight straight games – the longest streak in team history, the longest active streak in the NFL and tied for seventh. longest streak in league history.

“We allowed 24 points in the first four practices of the game, but then our defense really went down from there,” said Taylor. “Our depth did a good job getting in there and keeping the strong and giving us a chance to get back into the game. It’s just a credit to the 53 guys we have on the roster and all the guys. that make sure they’re ready, because you never know when you’ll have that opportunity. “

Dropping two points early in the fourth quarter, the Bengals moved closer to the shooting range and looked set to take their first lead of the game when HB Joe Mixon did something he rarely does – a fumble. Chargers CB Tevaughn Campbell recovered the fumble and returned it for 61 yards for a touchdown, extending LA’s lead to 31-22. It was Mixon’s first carry-over fumble in 328 rushing attempts, a Bengal’s third longest streak in the past 31 years.

“We had the momentum there,” Mixon said. “But it was a big fumble, and I take full responsibility for it. My teammates are counting on me, and I let them down. I have to learn from that and move on. It doesn’t happen often. , but I have to take full responsibility for this. I have to be better. “

Cincinnati made another comeback attempt midway through the fourth quarter and led to the Chargers ’15-yard line, but a Joe Burrow INT – the Bengals’ fourth grossing of the day – ended that. effort.

San Francisco enter Sunday’s game at 6-6 after losing 30-23 to Seattle last week.

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