CINCINNATI (AP) - Kendall Hunter ran 7 yards for the game's only
touchdown with 3:59 to go Sunday, rallying the San Francisco 49ers
to a 13-8 victory in front of the Cincinnati Bengals' smallest
crowd for a home opener in 30 years.
Hunter's run completed the only noteworthy drive by the 49ers
(2-1), who didn't even cross midfield until midway through the
Cincinnati (1-2) managed only a pair of field goals by Mike
Nugent during rookie quarterback Andy Dalton's first dismal
performance. He threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter, the
first of his career.
There were only 43,363 fans at 65,500-seat Paul Brown Stadium,
the Bengals' smallest crowd for a home opener since they played at
Riverfront Stadium in 1981.
The 49ers sent them heading for the exits when Reggie Smith
intercepted Dalton's forced throw with 1:45 left.