By the time the score stood at 24-24 early on in the fourth quarter, the game had already represented all the inner makings of a shootout in Ford Field.
It took the Bengals just 1:47 to get the airshow started, as Dalton rolled out of a play-fake to throw an 82-yard bomb to A.J. Green. However, the rest of the first quarter was utterly dominated by the Lions. Detroit took the ball on consecutive extended drives to go up 10-7.
The Bengals had a chance to take the lead or tie the game in the second quarter, but a blatant unsportsmanlike conduct call by Gresham led to a missed 47-yard field goal by Mike Nugent, who had nailed the game-winner last week. He would later redeem himself in a huge way. The penalty capped a day of ten yellow flags thrown against the two teams. This particular one was most definitely the worst of the bunch.
As Gresham jawed with a Lions defender, the referee came in to break it up, grabbing Gresham’s arm to separate the two of them. It could have ended there, but Gresham decided to yank his arm out of the ref’s grip, throwing his hands up in the air. To be sure, it was a very immature reaction and it should be noted that it could have had a huge impact on the game later on. He would do well to apologize to the team in the locker room.