Rams Beat Bengals 24-21 in Preseason Game

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Kyle Boller gave the St. Louis Rams one frightening moment along with a little bit of relief.

Boller played better Thursday night in his second game filling in for Marc Bulger, completing a flurry of short passes during a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The one problem: He didn't duck.

Boller got his helmet knocked off on a hit by linebacker Keith Rivers at the end of an 8-yard scramble, waiting too long to start his slide. Unfazed, Boller got to his feet, found his helmet and completed his next two passes, including a 3-yard shovel pass to running back Samkon Gado for a touchdown.

Boller completed 14 of 20 for 96 yards, heading for the bench after the opening series of the third quarter.