MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Cameron Wake sacked Andy Dalton for a safety with 6:38 left in overtime, and the Miami Dolphins beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 22-20, on Thursday night.
On third and 10 from the 8, Dalton retreated to the goal line and was tackled by Wake coming up the middle for the third overtime safety in NFL history. The officials immediately signaled the score, which was upheld following a replay review.
Wake had three sacks, and Cincinnati committed four turnovers that might have meant a difference of 17 points.
The Dolphins (4-4) snapped a four-game losing streak, winning for the first time since their 3-0 start. The Bengals (6-3) had a four-game winning streak snapped but still enjoy a two-game lead in the AFC North.
Mike Nugent kicked a 54-yard field goal with 1:24 remaining in regulation to put the Bengals ahead, but Miami answered with a 50-yard drive, and Caleb Sturgis made a 44-yard field goal with 11 seconds left to force overtime.
Brent Grimes returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown to put the Dolphins up, 17-3, midway through the third quarter, but they squandered a two-touchdown second-half lead for the second time in five days. In Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, the Dolphins were outscored, 24-0, in the final 24 minutes.
Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard scored on an electrifying tying 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that covered perhaps twice that much ground. He started right, doubled back left, weaved up the sideline, cut back across the middle, and somersaulted in the end zone.
The teams traded punts to start overtime. After Cincinnati’s Terence Newman was called for a 38-yard pass interference penalty, the Bengals dug in and forced another punt that pinned them deep, setting up the safety.