Dolphins beat Bengals on OT safety -- same as Bears did to Titans in '04

Dolphins beat Bengals on OT safety -- same as Bears did to Titans in '04
October 31, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Mark Strotman

Something happened Thursday night for just the third time in NFL history, and it has a Bears connection.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was sacked by defensive end Cameron Wake in the end zone in overtime, giving the Miami Dolphins a 22-20 victory on what could only be described as a bizarre ending.

And the last time it happened in the NFL? Alex Brown and the Chicago Bears traveled to Tennessee to take on the Titans on Nov. 14, 2004.

Back-up quarterback Billy Volek -- Steve McNair was resting injured ribs -- was sacked at his own 5-yard-line by Brown, who jarred the ball loose. Titans offensive lineman Fred Miller recovered the ball in the end zone but was tackled by Adewale Ogunleye to end the game, 19-17, in the Bears' favor.

The Bears' ending was similar to the one seen Thursday, but the first time it happened in NFL history, Nov. 5, 1989, Minnesota's Mike Meriweather blocked L.A. Rams' punter Dale Hatcher's punt and the ball rolled out of the end zone, giving the Vikings a 23-21.

Fun facts from that game: Rookie Craig Krenzel started for the Bears and went 10-28 for 116 yards and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble. Bobby Wade was the Bears' leading receiver (4 receptions, 63 yards) and Lance Briggs had 14 tackles in the wild win.

Below is a picture of Brian Urlacher (six tackles) signaling for the safety following Miller's recovery in the end zone. (Credit: AP Images)