Bengals Rally Late, Stiffle Browns 27-17

In the first game of the 2011 NFL season, this classic rivalry between the two Ohio rivals saw a thriller full of twits and turns. Andy Dalton got off to a hot start, hitting 10/15 passes in the first half including a TD to TE Jermaine Gresham to help Cincinnati build a 13-0 lead. But Browns QB Colt McCoy threw back-to-back TD’s on consecutive drives to give the Browns a 14-13 lead before the half. On the Bengals final possession before the half, Andy Dalton was hit on a pass attempt and slammed his wrist off the ground which knocked him out of the game. Backup QB Bruce Gradkowski was ineffective and Colt McCoy continued to pick apart the Bengals defense and eat up the clock. Cleveland would take a 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter and it appeared the Bengals had been Bungulized by bad luck once again. But with 4:28 left in the game, Bruce Gradkowski ran a quick snap and hit a wide open A.J. Green for a 41-yard TD pass. The Bengals defense would stifle the next two Cleveland possessions and with 1:56 left, RB Cedric Benson broke a 39-yard TD run to seal the game and give the Bengals the win 27-17.

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