56-YARD TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green dominated the New York Giants secondary with a handful of hitch routes during Cincinnati's game-opening possession. Eventually miscommunication and a failed assignment in the defensive backfield led to A.J. Green sneaking behind Corey Webster without help over top for an easy 56-yard touchdown, giving the Bengals an early 7-0 lead. Dalton targeted Green on every pass attempt, completing three for 70 yards passing/receiving.
ADAM JONES 68-YARD PUNT RETURN
Initially Giants punter Steve Weatherford punted the football out of bounds, but New York was called for a penalty, forced to re-punt the football. Adam Jones hauls in the football, makes two cuts, spins around one tackle, splits through a block and redirects down the left sidelines. Eventually Jones was caught from behind at the Giants 11-yard line.
ANDREW HAWKINS TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION
Two incomplete passes after Jones' 68-yard punt return, the Bengals have third and ten. Hawkins broke out from bunch formation with single-coverage, hauling in the football with one hand...
... and easily waltzing into the endzone, giving Cincinnati a 14-0 lead.
New York did benefit from a fumbled Brandon Tate punt return. Eventually Lawrence Tynes converted a 23-yard field goal, putting New York on the board with 5:38 remaining in the first quarter.