Though it's early and their moniker is coming from behind to score wins, the Bengals are clearly in trouble with a 14-point deficit in the first quarter. Following consecutive Bernard Scott runs that gained five yards on first and second down, Andy Dalton flairs the football on a fade pattern to Andrew Hawkins near the left sidelines. The young rookie wide receiver dives for the football and hauls in the 25-yard reception just before his body bounces out of bounds, pushing the Bengals into Steelers territory. And the momentum has finally been established.
Andy Dalton watched eight Steelers drop into coverage on first and ten from the Steelers 49-yard line, electing to throw it away to survive another play. Dalton hands off to Scott with 1:44 remaining in the first quarter. Following his blocks, avoiding defenders, Scott powers through eventual tacklers, picking up ten yards and the first down.
On second down following a two-yard run by Scott, Andy Dalton takes the snap and scrambles to his left. The rookie quarterback unleashes the football over the middle into the endzone with three Steelers in the vicinity. Green divides between Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu, jumping over both defenders and hauling in perhaps the best touchdown reception by the receiver this year.
Bengals reduce the deficit in half to 14-7.