The Bengals would get the ball first at the start of the third quarter. But any hopes of converting on third down were erased by a devastating Vince Wilfork sack.
And what is sure to be featured on the SportsCenter Not Top Ten, the Bengals and Patriots would proceed to exchange lost fumbles. Carlos Dunlap would recover the first fumble which was coughed up by a no-wrist Shane Vereen. But on the very next play, Green-Ellis would get stripped, giving the Patriots the possession once again.
The Patriots would get the ball into Bengal territory but another monstrous sack by Vontaze Burfict would force New England to go for a field goal.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski would connect, giving the Patriots a 10-7 lead as the game headed into the final quarter of play.