Carson Palmer throws for 412 yards with three touchdowns against Falcons--and the Bengals still lose

By Dan Parzych

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer faced heavy criticism for his performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two weeks ago. While he bounced back for a career day on Sunday, it still wasn’t enough to get by the Atlanta Falcons.

Palmer completed 36 of 50 passes for 412 yards with three touchdowns and no turnovers in a losing effort, falling 39-32 to the Falcons. Cincinnati is now 2-4 on the season and has lost their last three games.

After trailing 24-3 at halftime, Palmer helped the Bengals rally in the second half as he threw two key touchdown passes to Jordan Shipley and Terrell Owens in the third quarter. The Bengals even held a 25-24 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately, the Bengals’ defense couldn’t figure out a way to contain Roddy White and the rest of the Falcons’ offense—meaning Palmer’s impressive performance went to waste. Go figure—the passing game finally performs at the level everyone’s been waiting to see all season, and the Bengals still end up losing the game.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for,  where he writes and edits NFL content for

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