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NFL: Cincinnati 24, Atlanta 19

Aug. 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM

ATLANTA, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Bruce Gradkowski's 12-yard scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu gave Cincinnati a third-quarter lead Thursday and the Bengals held on to defeat Atlanta 24-19.

The touchdown by Sanu put the Bengals in front 17-13 and they added a 1-yard scoring run by Jourdan Brooks in the fourth period at the end of a 12-play, 81-yard drive directed by Zac Robinson.

Atlanta closed within five points on a 7-yard touchdown throw from Dominique Davis to LaMark Brown and a final attempt to pull out a win ran out of downs at the Bengals' 26-yard line with 9 seconds left.

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton completed 8-of-15 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown in first-half action.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan was 18-of-21 for 174 yards and a touchdown while helping the Falcons to a 13-10 halftime lead.

The Bengals have won both their pre-season games and Atlanta is 0-2.

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