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Bengals grind down Rams 20-13

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St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens, left, runs past Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens, left, runs past Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, right, catches a 55-yard pass as St. Louis Rams safety Quintin Mikell looks on during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, right, catches a 55-yard pass as St. Louis Rams safety Quintin Mikell looks on during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Rams' Josh Brown reacts after missing on a 45-yard field-goal attempt during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals pn Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Rams' Josh Brown reacts after missing on a 45-yard field-goal attempt during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals pn Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie A.J. Green had six catches and topped 1,000 yards for the season, and the Cincinnati Bengals held the St. Louis Rams to 2 for 13 on third downs to help keep pace in the AFC playoff race with a 20-13 victory Sunday.

Brandon Tate's 56-yard punt return set up Bernard Scott's go-ahead touchdown run late in the third quarter and Cedric Benson added a short scoring run in the fourth for the Bengals (8-6), who won for only the second time in six games.

Green caught a 55-yarder to set up a field goal for the game's first score. He has 1,006 yards receiving, leaving him 3 shy of Cris Collinsworth's franchise rookie record in 1981.

Kellen Clemens was 25 for 36 for 229 and a late touchdown pass to Danario Alexander for the Rams (2-12), who have lost five in a row.

 

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