Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs (55) celebrates making a tackle during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
A hard-fought battle that was expected to be controlled by the teams’ respective running games was undoubtedly decided through the air. Just ask A.J. Green, if you don’t believe me. He recorded 162 yards on nine receptions, grabbing two touchdowns as well.
The Bengals committed two turnovers on interceptions in the first half, and Bears kicker Robbie Gould hit a 58-yard field goal before halftime, yet Cincinnati still found a way to enter halftime with the lead. Indeed, Andy Dalton was the reason. He finished the game 26-33 with 282 yards through the air.
Besides the two interceptions (one of which was bobbled), Dalton found his stride very quickly. In leading receivers out of breaks and making quick decisions, the third year quarterback showed impressive decision making and signs of maturity as the Bengals’ signal-caller.
The story of the third quarter was the long drives by both teams. Following a 98 yard drive earlier in the game, Cincinnati opened the second half with an 80 yard drive, marked by a pass interference call on Charles Tillman to set up a touchdown run by the Law Firm.