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Analyzing the Historic Second Quarter that Buried Cleveland

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Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) reacts during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The second quarter of yesterday’s game will go down as one of, if not the greatest quarter of football in Cincinnati Bengals history. It started off nice as Andy Dalton threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham after the James Harrison interception. Gresham caught the pass about five yards from the end zone and powered through three Browns defenders to get the Bengals on the scoreboard.

The ensuing Browns drive saw the Bengals forcing a-3 and-out, then back-up rookie safety Shaun Williams got a piece of a punt, and it only went 8 yards. The Bengals offense got back on the field, and Dalton hit A.J. Green on a quick pass, then we saw some trickery.

In the same fashion that we saw last year against Washington, Mohammed Sanu hit Gio Bernard for a 24-yard pass. The drive was capped-off by a touchdown pass from Dalton to Sanu, his first touchdown of the year, and the Bengals took a 14-13 lead. Those 14 points were scored in 2 minutes and 57 seconds. The defense went back on the field, and Carlos Dunlap got his 7th sack of the season. The defense forced another 3-and-out, and got a lot of pressure on Jason Campbell. But the Bengals offense would go 3-and-out and give the ball right back to Cleveland.