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Bengals @ Bears 1st-half Recap: Slow Start, Hot Finish

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Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) makes a touchdown catch against Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (43) and linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (59)during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals got off to a disastrous start to the season, as Dalton threw a pick on the first offensive possession, and the Bears converted it into six points after a drive of 7 plays, 36 yards, and a 3:10 time of possession. The play was highlighted by a 3rd-and-17 conversion the Bears made as Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall over the middle, and he broke one tackle and stretched out to just barely make the line to gain.

After a Bengals 3-and-out, the Bengals defense stepped up and stopped the Bears, but the ensuing punt was downed at the 2-yard line.

But instead of folding up under the pressure, the Bengals drove 98 yards, highlighted by a 42-yard catch by A.J. Green that got the offense down to the 4-yard line, and two downs later, Dalton hit Green on a quick-out route for six.

The quarter ended with both clubs tied at 7, and the Bengals continued their momentum into the second-quarter, stopping the Bears offense again, and driving into Bears territory before a Dalton pass went off Green’s hands (should have been a catch) and was picked off by Tillman again, who returned it to the CIN-42.