On Washington’s first possession they are able to pick up two first downs before defensive end Michael Johnson sacks Griffin to slow down the Redskins offense. Two plays later Washington punts the ball down the Bengals one yard line. BenJarvus Green-Ellis picks up one yard on first down, but on second down Andy Dalton is picked off by Rob Jackson of the Redskins for a Washington touchdown, tying the score at seven. Things settle down a little after the interception and the two teams exchange punts before the Bengals are able to put a drive together for another touchdown.
After losing eight yards on first down, Dalton is able to scramble for 17 yards, giving the Bengals a third and one from midfield. On third and one, Hawkins goes around the left end for eleven yards and a big first down. Two plays later Andy Dalton hits Armon Binns on the left side for a 48 yard catch and run touchdown, putting the Bengals back on top 14-7. Cincinnati’s defense is able to force another punt, bringing an end to the first quarter.
On the first Bengals possession of the second quarter they are able to go 69 yards on 14 plays, but fail to get any points after they are stopped on a fake field goal attempt. Once again the defense is able force the Redskins to punt and the Bengals take six plays and kick a Mike Nugent 47 yard field goal, making the score 17-7. The Bengals defense is able to recover a Robert Griffin fumble after he is sacked by Carlos Dunlap at the Washington 12 yard line. Green-Ellis runs in for a one yard touchdown after an A.J. Green 11 yard run, giving the Bengals a 24-7 lead. Washington is able to kick a field goal before halftime bringing the score to 24-10.