American Football - NFL-Bengals maul Eagles to stay in playoff hunt

Dec 13 (Reuters) - The Cincinnati Bengals overcame a lacklustre spell in the middle of the game to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 34-13 road win over the slumping Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

With the victory, the Bengals improved to 8-6 on the season to climb up to second place in the AFC North and, more importantly, into the second wildcard position.

Having capitalised on Eagles errors to forge a 10-0 lead within seven minutes, the Bengals lost their focus and intensity as Philadelphia hit back with 13 unanswered points to take a three-point lead into the halftime intermission.

However, the Bengals pounced on a number of Eagles (4-10) turnovers in the second half to compile a 24-point winning run that condemned the hosts to a ninth loss in 10 games. (Writing by Ben Everill in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)