Aug 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws passes to warm up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE
The Falcons responded to the Bengals' first touchdown on a third-down bomb of a pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green that put the Bengals up by a score of 10-3 when Matt Ryan and the Falcons first-string offense tied the game at 10 after advancing the ball down the field, mostly through the air.
The theme of the driver was Bengals cornerbacks struggling in coverage against Falcons wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones. The wide receivers were either given easy chunks of yards due to soft coverage or they found ways to burn the Bengals coverage on tight coverage. After moving the ball close to the end zone on a deep slant to Julio Jones, Ryan tossed a short dump pass to fullback Lousaka Polite, who dropped near the line of the end zone.
The call on the field was a touchdown, and the call was upheld, even though it seemed that Polite's right arm was down when the ball was a few inches from the goal line. Shortly after Matt Bryant tied the game at 10 after sending the extra point through the goal posts.
The Bengals will have the final five minutes of the first half to attempt to regain the lead as Bruce Gradkowski and the second-string offense take the field.