Going into their last game against the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals had been waiting for someone new to step up. And it was on that day they found not just one person but instead the two pieces that carry teams to championships. A ferocious Special Teams and a ball hawking defensive unit.
The Bengals intercepted Jason Campbell three times in the win, and one would have been a pick six from former Steeler James Harrison had there not been a penalty on the return. However it didn’t matter as Dalton found Gresham for a 25 yard score just after.
While the defensive performance put out by Cincinnati carried an up and down offensive day, that secondary piece of the formula really sealed the deal. On a 4th and 6 from Cleveland’s own 47 Cincinnati’s DiManche blocked the punt and after some rolling and scrumming the ball was eventually recovered by Tony Dye, who in his very first NFL game would return the ball for a touchdown.
The energy in the stadium while each big play happened was as great as Cincinnati has seen all season. After an extremely slow start Cincinnati hit the locker room with a 31-13 lead, scoring all of there 31 first half points in the second quarter.