Cincinnati had a chance to move the chains on third down. Dalton had LaFell open again, this time on a slant route, but his throw was low and the pass fell incomplete, resulting in another Bengals punt.
End of third quarter. We’re headed to the final quarter in Cincinnati with Houston leading, 10-9. The Bengals opened the period with a 17-play, 63-yard drive that ate up over eight minutes of game time and resulted in a field goal. Houston will open the fourth with the ball on their 23-yard line when play resumes.
Play has been stopped with 1:06 remaining in the third quarter. Texans defensive back Kevin Johnson went down with an injury following a Dalton completion. The Bengals’ training staff is also examining Eifert on the sideline.
In a surprisingly high-scoring game full of big plays, the Rams never trailed and led 34-20 entering the fourth quarter. But the 49ers made two big plays on special teams in the fourth quarter — creating a fumble on a kickoff return and recovering an onside kick to lead a late comeback.
Carlos Hyde’s 1-yard touchdown run with 2:13 to play cut the Rams’ lead to 41-39, but a potential tying two-point conversion failed. The 49ers recovered the ensuing onside kick, but were unable to mount a drive to get into position for a potential go-ahead field goal.
Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson �� After recording 14 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks last week in a win over Auburn, the 6-1, 220-pound senior linebacker returned a Jackson interception 44 yards for a touchdown. O’Daniel has shown himself to be a playmaker the last two weeks and has surely drawn the attention of scouts.
Dante Pettis, WR, Washington �� After breaking the Pac-12 record for career punt returns for touchdowns last season, Pettis tied the NCAA record of eight returns for scores by taking a Fresno State punt 77 yards to the house in the first quarter of Washington’s blowout win.