Quarterback Tony Eason ran for two touchdowns to rally the New England Patriots to a 20-14 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals today.
New England (5-2) trailed, 14-3, at the half, the result of two touchdown passes by Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. Eason then scored on runs of 13 and 25 yards as the Patriots won their third straight. It was their fourth come-from-behind victory this season.
On the Patriots' first possession of the second half, Eason threw a third-down swing pass to Stanley Morgan for 52 yards to the 16. Three plays later, Eason finished the 72-yard, six-play drive by going 13 yards up the middle after he could not find a receiver.
Early in the fourth quarter, New England had third and eight at Cincinnati's 16 when an interference call in the end zone made it first and goal. Eason tried two quarterback plunges, fumbling the ball away on the second at the one-yard line.
Cincinnati (1-6) couldn't move the ball and a short punt put the Patriots on Cincinnati's 30. Two plays later, Eason ran down the left sideline for the score and a 17-14 lead.
New England's Tony Franklin completed the scoring with a 27-yard field goal with 1:50 left.
Franklin had the game's first score, a 20-yard field goal 6:17 into the first quarter. Esiason hit M.L. Harris with a 34-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter and Cris Collinsworth with a seven-yard score late in the second quarter.
Esiason completed 10 of 13 passes for 133 yards in the first half; three of 13 for 21 yards in the second.
Eason broke Butch Songin's club record of 138 straight passes without an interception. He threw 141 before his desperation pass on the last play of the first half was intercepted.