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, Bengals or Bears. Instead, the Triangles and Panhandles went at it on an October afternoon in a triangle-shaped park at the confluence of two rivers."They had a way with nicknames back then," Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown said.The NFL returned to the scene of it first game Saturday — well, as close as it could get — as part of its centennial celebration. The Bengals made the hour-long drive north and held their first training camp practice at Welcome Stadium, located 3 miles from Triangle Park. An estimated 7,500 fans saw a scaled-back workout that lasted a little more than an hour."To come to Dayton and see fans in their Bengals gear, it's definitely heart-warming," defensive end Carlos Dunlap said.The practice ended ominously for the Bengals, who are trying to escape last place in the AFC North. Receiver A.J. Green hurt his left foot or ankle while trying to make a catch and was carted off the field. Coach Zac Taylor had no word about the severity of the injury. Green was sent for an exam.Cincinnati will hold the rest of its camp at Paul Brown Stadium.The NFL traces its origins to the American Professional Football Association, which was formed at a meeting in Canton, Ohio in 1920. Jim Thorpe was president of a league that encompassed Ohio, Indiana, New York and Illinois. The first game between two league teams was played at Triangle Park on Oct. 3, 1920, with the Dayton Triangles beating the Columbus Panhandles 14-0 behind Lou Partlow's two touchdown runs. The Dayton Daily News described Partlow as the "demon plunger" who got in shape by running through woods along the Great Miami River and ramming his shoulder into trees.After more changes to bring consistency to the game, the league changed its name to the National Football League on June 24, 1922, with 18 teams, including Dayton and Columbus.Last April Cheap Ryan Finley Jersey
, the league had third-day draft picks announced from the 13 originating cities. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley read some picks from Triangle Park.As it opens its 100th season, the NFL wanted "to do something really special in Dayton," said Matt Shapiro, a league vice president. In addition to the Bengals making the trek north, the league sponsored a youth football camp at another Dayton park on Saturday where an artificial field will be donated by the NFL Foundation."The Bengals were close to Dayton, had practiced there before, so we wanted to bring it to life in some form," Shapiro said. "We thought it would be a really special day in Dayton to not only have the Bengals practice at the University of Dayton's stadium, but also hold a youth football clinic."The Bengals readily agreed."They gave us a chance to put some emphasis on the fact the NFL actually began in Dayton," Brown said. "We think this is something people should know. It's a great tradition. We want in some way to just acknowledge that, to signal this is where it all started."The practice in Dayton also got the Bengals some national attention, which is welcomed by a team coming off three straight losing seasons and a last-place finish in the AFC North. Plus, the trip up Interstate 75 was nothing new for Cincinnati: The Bengals practiced in Dayton in previous years, trying to build their fan base. The Dayton area has a Browns fan club, and the Indianapolis Colts are a two-hour drive west."We consider Dayton as part of our market," Brown said. "The fans we think of as our fans. We want to reach out to them. We don't want them to drift off and become Colts fans or fans of another team up north."Taylor, a first-year head coach, spent part of the pre-practice meetings educating players about the league's history. Taylor read about the league's first game and was inspired to do more research."That kind of led me down a rabbit hole of even more history," Taylor said. "I learned about the first trade Ryan Finley Jersey Womens
, the first free agent, the first professional team and how this whole thing came about."It's cool. It's 100 years, man." SEATTLE (AP) — In a way only Pete Carroll could enjoy, the Seattle Seahawks coach was perfectly fine seeing his team trailing going into the fourth quarter against the Bengals.Maybe it was because he knew what was being dialed up to start the final 15 minutes.“We played from behind the whole day and those guys never stopped. They never stopped thinking we were going to win the football game and that’s so valuable to us,” Carroll said.Article continues below ...Seattle never trailed again after Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a 44-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and the Seahawks withstood a career day from Andy Dalton to beat Cincinnati 21-20 on Sunday.It was not supposed to be this tough for one of the favorites in the NFC. Seattle had DK Metcalf, Jadaveon Clowney and several other new options to deploy against a revamped Bengals team under first-year coach Zac Taylor.It nearly became one of the big upsets of the opening week. Wilson and the Seahawks struggled offensively for most of the game, but got the big plays they needed on a day Dalton looked great running Taylor’s system.Wilson was 14 of 20 for 196 yards and two scores, including a 10-yard TD pass in the first half to Chris Carson , who broke three tackles on his way to the end zone. Carson also had a 1-yard TD run.“We started off kind of rusty. It was something we had to get the hang of, but we have to start off faster than that,” Carson said.Wilson’s numbers were pedestrian compared to Dalton’s. The veteran threw for a career-high 418 yards and two first-half touchdowns to John Ross as the Bengals used some trickery, luck and a smart game plan to surprise the Seahawks.But after leading 17-14 at halftime, the Bengals failed to score on three possessions inside Seattle’s 36-yard line in the third quarter, and that became the difference.“One of those drives probably would have won it for us,” Taylor said.Ross, who played collegiately across town at Washington and had 210 yards receiving all of last season, finished with seven catches for 158 yards. He caught a 33-yard touchdown on a flea-flicker midway through the second quarter and hauled in a 55-yard TD pass with 7 seconds left in the first half after Seattle safety Tedric Thompson misjudged Dalton’s pass.Thompson’s whiff at picking off Dalton was one of several mistakes by Seattle that allowed the Bengals to hang around. Wilson was sacked four times. The Seahawks, the top running team in the NFL last season Ryan Finley Cincinnati Bengals Jersey
, rushed for only 72 yards. The Bengals had 22 first downs and nearly 36 minutes of possession.But Cincinnati missed its chance to take control.Carson fumbled on the first play of the second half, but three plays later at the Seattle 12, Dalton lost control of a wet ball and gave it back to the Seahawks. Kicker Randy Bullock, who hit from 39 yards in the first half, hooked a 45-yard attempt. And the Bengals were stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Seattle 36 late in the quarter when Giovani Bernard was stuffed for no gain.For all the statistical advantages Cincinnati had, it was only a three-point lead going to the fourth quarter.And it was gone in an instant.After going without a target for the first three quarters, Lockett came free down the seam on a play-action fake and hauled in a touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Seattle a 21-17 lead. Lockett said Cincinnati was defending him in ways he hadn’t seen since college.“It was good to go experience that and see what it might be like down the road,” Lockett said.Cincinnati again failed to find the end zone and settled for a 27-yard field goal from Bullock with seven minutes left to pull within 21-20.Seattle went three-and-out on its next possession and Dalton had 5:30 to work with. He converted one third down but had another third-down pass batted down by Quinton Jefferson, and Cincinnati punted. Carson rumbled for 21 yards on third-and-1 with 3:13 left and Cincinnati out of timeouts. The Bengals got the ball back with 21 seconds left, but Dalton was sacked and fumbled.DALTON’S DAYDalton was 35 of 51 passing and connected with eight different receivers. His previous career high was 383 yards passing against Baltimore in 2015, a game the Bengals won 28-24.CLOWNEY’S DEBUTClowney had a sack in his Seattle debut, chasing down Dalton along the sideline in the fourth quarter. Clowney’s presence opened up opportunity for Quinton Jefferson and Al Woods, who both had big games on Seattle’s defensive line. Jefferson had six tackles, two sacks and two passes defensed.INJURIESCincinnati running back Joe Mixon left in the third quarter with a left ankle injury and did not return. Mixon had just six carries for 10 yards. Seattle lost tight end Will Dissly to a right knee injury in the fourth quarter and special teams standout Neiko Thorpe in the first half with a hamstring injury.Seattle also kept Ziggy Ansah inactive, delaying his debut. Ansah appeared on Friday’s injury report as questionable after practicing all week.UP NEXTBengals: Cincinnati returns home to host San Francisco next Sunday.Seahawks: Seattle plays its road opener at Pittsburgh next Sunday.