CINCINNATI -- Strike New England off the NFL's unbeaten list.
The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Patriots 13-6 Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, snapping quarterback Tom Brady's streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown pass in the process.
Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 9:21 remaining to give Cincinnati a 13-3 advantage and the Bengals (3-2) defense kept New England (4-1) out of the end zone on three drives in the fourth quarter to get their first win against the Patriots in 12 years. Cornerback Adam Jones intercepted Brady at the Cincinnati 3-yard line with 16 seconds remaining to seal the win.
The Bengals sacked Brady four times and limited him to 197 yards on 18-of-38 passing. He had not gone without a touchdown pass since the final game of the 2009 season at Houston. Brady's streak is the second longest in NFL history, behind only Drew Brees' 54-game streak.
It was the first time since a 16-9 loss at the New York Jets on Sept. 20, 2009 that New England failed to score a touchdown in a game.
Green-Ellis, who played his first four seasons with the Patriots, capped off a 14-play, 93-yard drive with his third touchdown of the season. Green-Ellis had 67 yards on 19 carries for the game against his former team. His touchdown snapped a string of 20 consecutive possessions covering 121 minutes, 34 seconds since the Bengals last scored an offensive touchdown.
Quarterback Andy Dalton was nearly sacked for a safety on the second play of the drive but completed a 28-yard pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones on third-and-15 to get the Bengals rolling. Rookie running back Giovani Bernard followed with a 28-yard run up the middle to push the Bengals into Patriots territory.
Dalton finished the game 20 of 27 for 212 yards and one interception.
Neither offense generated much in the first half that ended tied 3-3. Cincinnati had just 151 yards, while New England gained only 134 yards. Both teams turned the ball over once on the opposing side of the field -- linebacker Brandon Spikes intercepted an Andy Dalton pass at the New England 8 on the final play of the first quarter, while Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson recovered a fumble by LeGarrette Blount at the Bengals 24 in the second quarter.
The Bengals scored first on a 39-yard field goal by Mike Nugent with 3:12 left in the first half. Stephen Gostkowski made a 42-yard field goal for New England with 8 seconds left in the half.
Nugent's 50-yard field goal with 5:43 left in the third quarter gave Cincinnati a 6-3 lead.
New England had beaten Cincinnati four straight times with Brady as its starting quarterback, scoring at least 34 points in each game. The last time the Bengals beat the Patriots was the 2001 season opener when Drew Bledsoe was starting.
NOTES: Dalton was intercepted in the red zone for the first time in his career in the first quarter. Dalton had 37 touchdown passes on 155 previous pass attempts before linebacker Brandon Spikes picked him off at the New England 8 on the final play of the first quarter. ... Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson was inactive due to a concussion. That ended Johnson's streak of 71 consecutive games played. ... Wallace Gilberry, starting in place of Johnson, had two sacks. ... New England wide receiver Danny Amendola was active for the first time since Week 1 when he had 10 catches for 104 yards against Buffalo. He had been out with a groin injury. ... Rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones had 1.5 sacks, the first sacks of his career. Jones is seeing increased playing time now that Vince Wilfork has gone on injured reserve.