Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was married to Gisele Bundchen before today, but he was married to the turf for most of the first quarter of today’s action, as the Bengals defense repeatedly planted him into the ground and never allowed the Pats offense to get into rhythm.
The Bengals defense highlighted the first quarter for Cincinnati, getting pressure on Brady on all three Patriot possessions.
In the opening drive, the Bengals held New England to a three-and-out with a Geno Atkins sack.
The Bengals took over with four straight running plays to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but the fourth-and-one came up short, so the Bengals had to punt it away.
On the next Patriots drive, the Bengals kept up the pressure with another sack and force a Pats punt. This one was from Wallace Gilberry. Great to see Gilberry contributing showing the Bengals depth since Michael Johnson was inactive with a concussion.
Dalton would get sacked on the 2nd down when the Bengals took over on the next drive, forcing a 3rd and long. A short pass to Gresham wasn’t enough for the first.
The Bengals continued to work Tom Brady as Adam Jones nearly picked off his pass on 3rd-down on the ensuing drive before they punted.
The Bengals started their longest drive of the day by throwing to Gresham and Eifert only with some some big runs by BJGE mixed in. Momentum seemed to be swinging towards Cincinnati as they get inside the 20-yard line, until Dalton throws a redzone interception.
Bengals and Patriots tied at 0-0 going into the 2nd quarter.