MIAMI (FOX19) - It was chippy and at times an ugly game between the Cincinnati Bengals (2-9-1) and Miami Dolphins (8-4) Sunday.
Five players, two for the Bengals and three for the Dolphins, were ejected from the game in separate altercations.
Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd was ejected in the second quarter following a sideline scuffle with Dolphins defensive back Xavien Howard, who was also disqualified from the game.
In the early minutes of the fourth quarter, Bengals safety Shawn Williams, Dolphins wide receivers DeVante Parker and Mack Hollins were all ejected
Before all the ejections, it was a slow start for both teams. The Bengals grabbed the lead in the first quarter thanks to a 72-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Allen to Boyd.
That first-quarter score turned out to be the lone highlight for the Bengals Sunday. The next two offensive drives for Cincinnati resulted in a punt and a missed 53-yard field goal from Randy Bullock.
What seemed to be the turning point in the game though was the sideline scuffle between Boyd and Howard.
Only the Bengals were penalized for the sideline altercation though. The 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Boyd moved the ball back to the Miami 35.
Bullock’s 53-yard attempt went wide left.
From that point on it seemed that all momentum shifted in favor of Miami.
Just before halftime, the Dolphins managed to get in field goal range and converted on a 48-yard attempt to cut the Bengals’ lead to 7-6.
The Bengals offensive possessions in the second half didn’t result in any points. The Dolphins though scored 13 points in the third quarter to go into the final 15 minutes with a 19-7 lead.
The play resulting in three players being ejected came when the Bengals punted the ball back to Miami early in the fourth quarter.
Mike Thomas for Cincinnati interfered with Miami’s Jakeem Grant during the punt return. Players from the Dolphins bench ran onto the field and over towards the Cincinnati sideline.
Once the referees discussed the situation, Williams, Parker, and Hollins were ejected from the game.
The Bengals lost 19-7 as neither team found the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Cincinnati is back home next Sunday when they welcome Andy Dalton and the Dallas Cowboys (3-8).
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