After an illegal crackback on Jerome Simpson with over four minutes left in the first half, the Bengals resume their offensive dominance. With six yards to go on second down, Dalton hands off to Bernard Scott, who finds a massive lane behind Clint Boling on the left, picking up 17 yards on the run.
Andre Smith's false start on first down results in Cincinnati needing 15 yards, which remained at 15 yards when Jermaine Gresham dropped an easy first down pass with 30 seconds before the two-minute warning. Scott picked up a chunk of those yards on second down, up the middle recording another 10 yards setting up a third-and-five.
After the two minute warning, Andy Dalton and the Bengals line up from their own 40-yard line. Dalton takes the shotgun snap and misses the quick pass to A.J. Green to forced the Bengals to punt. But wait, there's more.
Penalties by both teams, along with the Panthers decision to make Cincinnati re-kick the punt. And that was awesome.
Kevin Huber punts the ball to Carolina's 12-yard line where Armanti Edwards promptly allowed the ball bounce off his body. Manny Lawson recovers the muffed punt and the Bengals have the ball. Bernard Scott takes the hand off, looks up the middle and completely redirects to his left where no Panther contained the play. Scott easily ran into the endzone for a touchdown. Bengals take a 21-7 lead.