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Carson Palmer tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson with 4 minutes 19 seconds left that gave Cincinnati the lead for good, and the visiting Bengals bounced back from their first loss of the season.
A penalty forced Johnson to wait and see whether he had scored his first touchdown against the Titans. By the time the referee announced defensive pass interference, Johnson said the moment for a dance had passed.
"The heat of the moment was gone," Johnson said. "But it would've been a square dance anyway. The heel-toe thing. I was going to go around the goal post, all that good stuff."
A week after complaining about being held to five catches in a loss at Jacksonville, Johnson hooked up with Palmer for eight receptions for 135 yards.
Palmer also tied Peyton Manning's NFL record with his ninth straight game with a passer rating of 100 or above. He was 27 of 33 for 272 yards and two touchdowns and a rating of 121.2. "He feels like he's invincible, but right now he knows he can go win it the next play," Cincinnati Coach Marvin Lewis said of his quarterback. "He doesn't have to win it on every play. And I think that says a lot for how he is and how important he is to this football team."
Tennessee: Brown 4 run (Bironas kick), 12:50.
Tennessee: FG Bironas 24, 2:10.
Cincinnati: C.Perry 1 pass from Palmer (Graham kick), :33.
Cincinnati: FG Graham 21, 7:28.
Tennessee: Brown 9 run (Bironas kick), 4:32.
Cincinnati: Thurman 30 interception return (Graham kick), 1:01.
Tennessee: FG Bironas 29, 4:54.
Cincinnati: C.Johnson 15 pass from Palmer (Graham kick), 4:19.
Cincinnati: R.Johnson 1 run (Graham kick), 2:26.
Tennessee: FG Bironas 47, :32.
BengalsTitansFirst Downs 2521Total Net Yards 387377Rushes-Yards 28-11924-118Passing 268259Punt Returns 1-72-34Kickoff Returns 3-706-117Interceptions Ret. 2-330-0Comp-Att-Int 27-33-026-41-2Sacked-Yards Lost 1-40-0Punts 4-47.53-41.7Fumbles-Lost 0-03-1Penalties-Yards 4-325-69Time Of Possession 29:0430:56 RUSHING
Cincinnati: R.Johnson 18-80, C.Perry 6-28, T.Perry 1-7, Palmer 3-4.
Tennessee: Brown 18-84, Roby 2-16, Payton 2-11, McNair 2-7.
Cincinnati: Palmer 27-33-0-272.
Tennessee: McNair 26-41-2-259.
Cincinnati: C.Perry 9-45, C.Johnson 8-135, Walter 4-65, Washington 2-13, Henry 1-5, Schobel 1-5, R.Johnson 1-3, J.Johnson 1-1.
Tennessee: Bennett 7-61, B.Jones 5-82, Kinney 4-52, Troupe 4-22, Brown 3-28, Scaife 1-9, Calico 1-3, Roby 1-2.
MISSED FIELD GOALS
Cincinnati: Graham 52 (WL).