Cincinnati Bengals: Looking back at the 2012 Season - Week 1

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With a little momentum on their side, the Bengals start the second half from their own 20 yard line. They are able to pick up five first downs on twelve plays, including 14 and 17 yard passes to Green and 11 and 14 yard passes to Hawkins. Mike Nugent kicks a 19 yard field goal after Andy Dalton is stopped at the one yard line, making it 17-13. Cincinnati’s momentum is short lived as the Ravens waste no time again going down the field for another touchdown, making the score 24-13. The Bengals next drive is a three and out because of a replay reversal of the Hawkins 20 yard reception on third down, only making it a six yard gain. Baltimore is than able to go 53 yards and get a Tucker 40 yard field goal. The Ravens are starting to pull away; it is now 27-13.

With the chance of winning starting to slip away, the Bengals get the ball back with a little over a minute to go in the 3rd quarter. On the third play of the drive, the final nail is put into the coffin as Ed Reed intercepts the ball from Andy Dalton and returns it 34 yards for another Ravens touchdown. After the pick six, it is now 34-13. Cincinnati will not score again and Baltimore adds ten more points in the 4th quarter to win 44-13.
Overall it was not a very good game for the Bengals, they only converted four of fifteen third down chances, the offense gave up four sacks, one interception, one lost fumble and was only one for three in the red zone. Unfortunately the defense was unable to slow down the Ravens red zone attack, as they scored on all three chances. After Week 1 the Bengals are 0-1 overall, 0-1 in the division, and heading home to play the Browns in week 2.

 

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