Given how the defense was playing, the one touchdown drive was good enough.
“They’re playing unbelievable,” Dalton said.
Notes: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was inactive for the fifth time. He’s recovering from a forearm injury and back surgery. ... Brady had been 4-0 against the Bengals with a 114 passer rating. ... WR Austin Collie, signed on Thursday, also was inactive. ... DL Tommy Kelly hurt his right knee in the fourth quarter but walked off the field. ... New England has a takeaway in 32 straight games, the longest active streak in the league. ... Bengals CB Leon Hall missed a second straight game with a hamstring injury.