The Cincinnati Bengals defense almost convinced the frustrated fans at Paul Brown Stadium that they were going to reestablish some momentum. Following consecutive minimal gains, setting up a third and four, Tannehill takes the drop and scrambles. Wide receiver Hartline ran a quick out, noticed that Tannehill was scrambling and took off down field for a 30-yard gain to Cincinnati's 37-yard line.
Geno Atkins had had enough, fighting through a second down block and sacking Tannehill for a nine-yard loss to Cincinnati's 46-yard line. Despite an 11-yard reception by tight end Anthony Fasano, field goal kicker Dan Carpenter failed to convert the 53-yard field goal.