PHILADELPHIA - So much for a winning streak.
The Eagles' hopes of earning a second straight victory ended Thursday with a second-half collapse that led to a 34-13 loss to Cincinnati at Lincoln Financial Field.
The defeat dropped the Eagles' record to 4-10 and ensured they will suffer double-digit losses for just the third time in coach Andy Reid's 14-year tenure. The Eagles went 5-11 in Reid's first season in 1999 and finished 6-10 in 2005.
Thursday's loss was the 100th of Reid's career with the Eagles, including regular-season and playoff games. He owns a 140-100-1 career mark.
Turnovers doomed the Eagles this time. They committed five miscues in the game, but were really hurt by a shocking series of breakdowns in the second half.
The Bengals capitalized on four straight Eagles' turnovers to score 24 points in three minutes, 23 seconds, turning a close game into a rout and sending fans streaming toward the exits early in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles have now committed a NFL-high 34 turnovers this season.
"The bottom line is we can't have those turnovers," Reid said. "We've got to take care of the football, no excuses."
An interception by Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles started a shocking run of mistakes that also featured yet another fumble by rookie running back Bryce Brown and one by tight end Clay Harbor. Defensive tackle Cedric Thornton contributed to the embarrassing display when he fumbled while trying to catch a kickoff.
Cincinnati (8-6) scored three touchdowns and a field goal off those turnovers to erase a 13-10 Eagles' halftime lead.
"We can't make mistakes like that because turnover lose you football games," Foles said. "If we would have just protected the ball, we would have had a different outcome."
The Bengals took the lead for good with 1:10 left in the third quarter on quarterback Andy Dalton's 11-yard touchdown scramble. Foles set up the TD with an interception - his first in four games - to Bengals cornerback Leon Hall. It was Foles' first turnover since he threw two interceptions at Washington on Nov. 18.
Brown committed the most costly mistake. Brown, who has had trouble holding onto the football since replacing injured running back LeSean McCoy, lost his fourth fumble in the last four games when he was hit by Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims. Defensive end Wallace Gilberry scooped it up and rumbled 25 yards into the end zone to give the Bengals a 24-13 lead with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.
Bengals place-kicker Josh Brown followed Harbor's fumble with a 32-yard field goal that pushed the Bengals' edge to 27-13 with 14:17 remaining. After Thornton's miscue, Dalton fired a 5-yard touchdown pass to Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green for another touchdown with 12:47 remaining.
"I don't usually drop those in practice, but I dropped it today," Thornton said. "They caught me off-guard and I got selfish. I should have called for a fair catch, but I got excited and started running and thought I could make a big play. It was my fault. I should have been more focused."
The Eagles wasted a terrific performance from the defensive line.
The front four collected a season-high six sacks and forced two fumbles in their second game since Tommy Brasher replaced Jim Washburn as the Eagles' defensive line coach. Brasher, who was an Eagles' assistant in 1999-2005, was rehired two weeks ago after coach Andy Reid fired Washburn.
Defensive end Brandon Graham and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox each had 2 sacks apiece. That boosted their season totals to 5 sacks, tying them with former Eagles defensive Jason Babin for the team lead.
Forced fumbles by Graham and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins in the second quarter helped the Eagles erase a 10-0 deficit and grab a 13-10 lead on Foles' 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Riley Cooper and a pair of field goals from place-kicker Alex Henery.
The Eagles cut the deficit to 10-7 on Foles' 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Riley Cooper with 11:40 left in the first half after Foles and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin teamed up for a 46-yard gain on the previous play.
Foles spotted Maclin wide open down the right sideline and fired an on-target pass. The catch was Maclin's 244th career reception, which gave him the franchise record for most receptions in his first four seasons.
Graham helped the Eagles tie the game at 10-10 on Henery's 22-yard field goal with 7:37 left in the first half. Graham registered his second sack of the game when he stormed into the Bengals' backfield and jarred the ball loose from Dalton. Eagles defensive end Trent Cole recovered the fumble, which was the Eagles' first takeaway since they recovered two fumbles against New Orleans on Nov. 5.
The Eagles reached the 3-yard line when Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was penalized for head-butting Cooper in the end zone, but three passes fell incomplete.
Jenkins followed Graham's lead and batted the ball out of Dalton's hand late in the second quarter and defensive end Darryl Tapp recovered. The Eagles reached the 1-yard line, but were forced to settle for Henery's 20-yard field goal with 17 seconds left in the first half.
The Bengals capitalized on an early Eagles mistake to take a 7-0 lead on BenJarvus Green-Ellis 1-yard touchdown run with 11:10 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles had the ball to start the game, but their first possession lasted just two plays. Maclin coughed up a fumble when hit by Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap and defensive tackle Domatka Peco recovered it.
Green-Ellis dashed up the right sideline for 29 yards on the Bengals' first play to put them in scoring position.
An embarrassing Eagles mistake on their next possession led to a 24-yard field goal by Brown, which gave the Bengals a 10-0 lead with 7:51 left in the opening period.
Bengals running back Daniel Herron pushed Eagles wide receiver Marvin McNutt into the path of punter Mat McBriar's first attempt, then Herron scooped up the loose ball and made it to the 11-yard line. Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham notched his fourth sack of the season to help hold the Bengals to a field goal.
The Eagles have been outscored 85-24 in the first quarter this season and have been shut out in 10 games.
"It hurts when you go out there and give it your all and you still lose," Graham said. "I had a good game, but it wasn't good enough because we lost. The Eagles got blown out and that's hard to take."
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