Bengals Rally Closes Gap

The difference after three quarters in New England is Gary Guyton's pick six and Ben Tate's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half as the Patriots lead 31-17 heading into the fouth quarter.

The Bengals' season-opening nightmare in New England continued in the second half on Sunday as the Patriots' Ben Tate returned the half-opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and a 31-3 New England lead.

The Bengals have been much more efficient on offense since making halftime adjustments against the Patriots better-than-advertised defense and secondary.

Carson Palmer found rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham with a 1-yard touchdown pass to complete a 12-play 80-yard drive in the third quarter.

Palmer came back to hit Chad Ochocinco with a 28-yard scoring strike to cap a 12-play 73-yard drive to help whittle the Patriots' lead to 14.

The score tied Ochocinco with Carl Pickens for the most Bengals receiving touchdowns in franchise history. Pickens and Number 85 are tied with 63 career TDs.

Earlier in the game, Ochocinco, the team's career receiving yardage leader, went over 10,000 receiving yards. Also, Terrell Owens went past the 15,000-yard mark for receiving yards in the contest.

Palmer completed 24 of his first 35 passes for 247 yards. Ochocinco had seven receptions for 91 yards. Owens had seven grabs for 53 yards.

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