CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 02: Mike Nugent #2 of the Cincinnati Bengals kicks the game winning field goal during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 23-20.(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Houston Texans strike first on Sunday after Neil Rackers converts a 46-yard field goal, giving the bad guys a three-point lead early in the first quarter. Following another mediocre Brandon Tate 19-yard return on the kickoff, Cedric Benson finally becomes the team's featured component, following an effective possession on Cincinnati's first drive of the game, picking up a first down on 11 yards rushing on back-to-back runs.
Following a no-gain on a screen to the right, Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap on second down and floats the football down the left sideline where Jerome Simpson adjusted, turned around and out-jumped the secondary for the 21-yard reception and another first down.
Cedric Benson then exploded for his biggest gain of the season. A massive lane developed on the right where Benson easily exploded through the line of scrimmage, sprinting down the right sidelines for a 42-yard gain to the Texans one-yard line where Daniel Manning saved the touchdown.
And the self-destruction starts. Bobbie Williams is called for a false start and rather than a first and goal from the one-yard line, the Bengals are on Houston's six-yard line where Cedric Benson is tackled for a no-gain. On second down Andy Dalton rolls out right and connects with Andre Caldwell for a short two-yard gain setting up an already critical third down attempt.
Dalton takes the shotgun snap on third and goal from the Texans four-yard line, and tries hitting Caldwell on a slant where Johnathan Joseph nearly picks off the pass (which would have returned for a touchdown).
Mike Nugent converts the chip-shot field goal to tie the game.