Andy Dalton's big day carries Bengals past Colts

CINCINNATI -- Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Sunday, and the Cincinnati Bengals remained perfect at home and in control of the AFC North with a 42-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Bengals (9-4) improved to 6-0 at Paul Brown Stadium on a cold, windy day - 28 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill of 19 and light flurries.

Dalton gave his most consistent performance since October, throwing for three touchdowns that kept the Bengals ahead and finishing it off with an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter. Dalton was 24 of 35 for 275 yards without a sack or interception.

The Colts (8-5) had another slow start in the cold, falling behind 21-0 before Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes to keep them close.

Despite the loss, the Colts are in position to clinch the AFC South later Sunday if Tennessee lost at Denver.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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