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Bengals’ complete game started by nearly flawless first quarter

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Oct 27, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches the ball against New York Jets safety Dawan Landry (26) and cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

With just under a minute left in the first quarter, the Andy Dalton threw a 53-yard bomb to AJ Green to set up a 10-yard screen pass to Giovanni Bernard.  In the sole hiccup moment of the first quarter, Bernard appears to fumble the ball which someone then snakes by the pylon and out the end zone, resulting in a touchback for the Jets.  The play is reviewed, and Bernard is ruled down by contact at the Jets 1 yard line before the ball came out – which is where the Bengals started the second quarter.

Besides the 14 points scored by the Bengals offense, and the two sacks notched by the Bengals defense, there are some other numbers from the first quarter are worth noting.  Dalton went 10/12 accumulating 156 yards of his game total 323.  The Bengals averaged 11.3 yard per play during the first quarter, and no significant injuries occurred.

And the total yards in first quarter — Bengals 172, Jets 1

Frankly, you don’t get a much better 15 minutes of total team play in the NFL.

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