Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals safety Tony Dye (44) recovers a blocked punt and scores a touchdown during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
It would be the special teams unit who got in on the scoring, as Jayson DiManche blocked a punt, and it would be returned for the score by Tony Dye, who came off the practice squad this week, and it gave the Bengals a 21-13 lead. On the ensuing drive, Vontaze Burfict forced a fumble, and it was returned, by him for a TD.
It was now 28-13 in favor of the Bengals, who would score one final time after Adam Jones had a nice 29-yard punt return, giving them another short field, and setting up a Mike Nugent 41-yard field goal. Bengals went into halftime with a 31-13 lead, and their 31 points in the 2nd quarter is a franchise record for points in a quarter. Dalton threw 2 TDs, the special teams and defense scored.
It was a quarter of football Bengals fans won’t soon forget, as it essentially was what one the game and kept Cincinnati atop the AFC North.