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Bengals beat Eagles, 34-13

  • Cincinnati Bengals' BenJarvus Green-Ellis, left, scores a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles' DeMeco Ryans defends in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Cincinnati Bengals' BenJarvus Green-Ellis, left, scores a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles' DeMeco Ryans defends in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Cincinnati Bengals' BenJarvus Green-Ellis, left, scores a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles' DeMeco Ryans defends in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Cincinnati Bengals' BenJarvus Green-Ellis, left, scores a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles' DeMeco Ryans defends in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Philadelphia Eagles' Bryce Brown, right, breaks past Cincinnati Bengals' Emmanuel Lamur in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Philadelphia Eagles' Bryce Brown, right, breaks past Cincinnati Bengals' Emmanuel Lamur in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Philadelphia Eagles' Bryce Brown, right, breaks past Cincinnati Bengals' Emmanuel Lamur in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Philadelphia Eagles' Bryce Brown, right, breaks past Cincinnati Bengals' Emmanuel Lamur in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton, top, is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Trent Cole in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton, top, is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Trent Cole in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton, top, is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Trent Cole in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton, top, is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Trent Cole in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Cincinnati Bengals' BenJarvus Green-Ellis, left, scores a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles' DeMeco Ryans defends in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • Cincinnati Bengals' BenJarvus Green-Ellis, left, scores a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles' DeMeco Ryans defends in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • Philadelphia Eagles' Bryce Brown, right, breaks past Cincinnati Bengals' Emmanuel Lamur in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
  • Philadelphia Eagles' Bryce Brown, right, breaks past Cincinnati Bengals' Emmanuel Lamur in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
  • Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton, top, is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Trent Cole in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
  • Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton, top, is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Trent Cole in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
  • Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Bengals trounce Eagles

Andy Dalton threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score, an opportunistic defense forced five turnovers and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 34-13, last night.

The Bengals (8-6) took a half-game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) for the last playoff spot in the AFC. But their game at Pittsburgh next week is far more important in the standings than this one.

The Bengals would clinch their second straight playoff berth with a win over the Steelers if Pittsburgh loses to Dallas this Sunday. A loss to the Steelers, though, would likely ruin Cincinnati’s chances.

The Eagles’ season was lost a long time ago. They fell to 4-10, losing double-digit games for the first time since 2005.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis carried 25 times for 106 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals.

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