Bengals Squeak Past Browns 23-20 In OT

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The last-minute Cincinnati Bengals pulled one out in extra time.

Shayne Graham's 31-yard field goal _ set up by Carson Palmer's 15-yard run on fourth down _ on the last play of overtime gave the Bengals a 23-20 win over the winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Not wanting to settle for a tie, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis gambled and decided to go for it on 4th-and-11 from the 41 with 1:04 remaining. Palmer dropped back to pass and then tucked it away and scampered up the middle for the first down. Cincinnati ran two plays to get Graham in position, and the kicker, who had an extra point and field goal blocked, drilled it through the uprights.

The Bengals (3-1) have had all four games come down to the wire. They beat the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers last week by the identical 23-20 score when Palmer threw a 4-yard TD pass with 14 seconds to go.

The Browns (0-4) lost their 10th straight dating to last season. Quarterback Derek Anderson sparked Cleveland in his start this season, throwing one TD pass and running for another.

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