MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- With the Miami Dolphins needing any kind of score to end a four-game losing streak, two points were plenty.
On third-and-10 from the 8, Dalton retreated to the goal line and was tackled by Wake coming up the middle for the third overtime safety in NFL history. The officials immediately signaled the score, which was upheld following a replay review.
"We called a pressure, and the guys executed it well," coach Joe Philbin said. "Cam had good pressure throughout the game and he made a play to end the game."
Wake had three sacks, and Cincinnati committed four turnovers that might have meant a difference of 17 points.
"You never want to lose four games in a row," Philbin said, "and we had an excellent football team coming in town. It was time for us to step up and we had to make a decision — what are we going to be? And I thought they answered the bell pretty well tonight."
"My eyes were downfield, and he was there pretty quick," Dalton said, adding he thought he was out of the end zone.
According to STATS, Minnesota's Mike Merriweather had the first NFL overtime safety in 1989 against the Los Angeles Rams, and Chicago's Adewale Ogunleye had the second against Tennessee in 2004.
"We had a chance, maybe," Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said, "but we felt better about pinning them down."
Lewis made another questionable decision at the end of the first half. When the Bengals started from their own 15 with no timeouts and 45 seconds left, he decided against running out the clock.
Cincinnati's Giovani Bernard scored on an electrifying tying 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that covered perhaps twice that much ground. He started right, doubled back left, weaved up the sideline, cut back across the middle and somersaulted in the end zone, leaving Dolphins sprawled in his wake all along the way.
The run took 16 seconds. At least four defenders had a shot at him, including Grimes, who missed twice -- once in the backfield as the play unfolded.
On third-and-4, Grimes snatched Dalton's pass away from Jones, sprinted up the sideline and somersaulted after crossing the goal line. It was the first touchdown for the eighth-year pro, and the Dolphins' longest interception return since 2002.
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