In a defensive struggle in which yards and points were hard to come by, a relative unknown made a huge special-teams play late in the fourth quarter to set up the Cincinnati Bengals' go-ahead field goal in Sunday's 15-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Trailing 10-9, Bengals second-year running back Bernard Scott returned a kickoff 60 yards to get the ball into Ravens' territory. A 6-yard run by teammate Cedric Benson and a controversial roughing-the-passer penalty two plays later set up Mike Nugent's 38-yard field goal to give Cincinnati a lead it never relinquished.
Most of the talk after the game focused on Terrell Suggs' costly penalty. But none of it would have been possible without the exciting kick return from Scott, a former sixth-round pick.
"I'm just trying to go out there and make plays when my number is called," Scott said after the game. "I feel like the more times I get the ball in my hands, the more times I can make plays."
As Benson's backup, Scott didn't receive many touches last week. He rushed for 17 yards on five carries against Baltimore. Scott's 60-yard dash was his only kick return of the game, but he stayed prepared despite limited opportunities.
The Bengals received a lot of key contributions from backups Sunday, such as linebacker Brandon Johnson, who filled in for injured starter Keith Rivers (foot), and cornerback Morgan Trent, who played well in the second half when Adam Jones hurt his shoulder.
"We're deep all around the board; we've got a lot of players," Scott said. "That's a good thing in case anybody goes down. The next man's got to be ready."