Bengals down Rams, keep playoff hopes alive

Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott both ran for hopeful Cincinnati Bengals beat 13, on Sunday.

Rookie Andy Dalton completed 15-of-26 passes for 179 yards and threw one interception for the Bengals (8-6), who avoided a third straight loss.

Cincinnati entered play one game behind the New York Jets for the AFC's final playoff berth.

With St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford out with a high ankle sprain, Kellen Clemens made his first start since 2009, when he was a member of the Jets.

Clemens threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Danario Alexander with 1:08 to play in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as the Rams (2-12) suffered their fifth straight loss.