Now with the Bengals barely holding onto a 17-12 lead with around nine minutes remaining in the game, Brandon Tate takes the ensuing kickoff following Marshawn Lynch's two-yard touchdown. Rather than running east to west, choosing a more northerly direction, Tate followed and read his blocks, picking up 45 yards on the return to the Bengals 38-yard line. A defensive holding later and Bernard Scott explodes for a 16-yard gain off the left edge, putting the Bengals back on Seattle's side of the field with 7:55 remaining in the game. Cincinnati received another first down two plays later after the Seahawks were flagged for illegal contact with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.
The Bengals needing to kill the clock and pushed inside of Mike Nugent's range, Bernard Scott got the call on the following two plays, picking up and then losing two yards. Third and ten with under five minutes remaining in the game, Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap and scrambles to the left. Just as the pass rush was coming down on Dalton, the quarterback found and completed a four-yard pass to Andre Caldwell to the Seahawks 30-yard line.
Mike Nugent converted the 48-yard field goal to give the Bengals a 20-12 lead, up by eight points which will force the Seahawks to convert a two-point play to tie at this point.