This would set up a 25-yard screen pass play to BenJarvus Green-Ellis for the touchdown and an early 7-0 lead for Cincinnati.
It wouldn’t take long for Tom Brady and the Patriots to tie things up, however, as the quarterback led his team down the field deep into Bengal territory. Miraculously, Shane Vereen — who was fresh off wrist surgery — finished what Brady started with a classic sweep play and a touchdown score.
On the ensuing Bengal drive, a Donta Hightower sack of Dalton put the Bengals in a 3rd down and 24 situation.
Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden would play it conservative with another short pass to Green-Ellis, but “The Law Firm” made the most of it and barreled his way through the New England defense for a first down.