August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (7) drops back to pass during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Bengals beat the Falcons 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
The Colts figured something out against the Bengals. Cincinnati's offense had gone three and out during three of their final four possessions in the first half.
The Indianapolis Colts on the other hand have things figured out. It mostly breaks down like this: Run against Cincinnati's perimeter and throw the football to Kris Adams, who is playing well using his size over cornerbacks T.J. Heath and Chris Lewis-Clark. After five consecutive punts to start the game, the Colts offense applied the new game plan. With three minutes remaining in the half, they ran three plays for 55 yards, capped by a seven-yard Deji Karim seven-yard touchdown.
During their two-minute offense, the Colts moved the football with a little help on personal fouls and pass interference against Cincinnati's defense, eventually setting up first down from the Bengals one-yard line with :50 remaining. The Colts took the lead on the first play on a run around the edges. George Iloka committed two personal fouls (one declined) and a bad angle on Darren Evans' one-yard touchdown.
Cincinnati did put together a last minute drive, initiated on a 43-yard kickoff return by Cedric Peerman, assisted by a roughing the passer and a 16-yard reception by Marvin Jones. Mike Nugent converts the 48-yard field goal, reducing Cincinnati's deficit to one.
Note: There have been 16 penalties called in the first half. Nine against the Bengals for 76 yards and seven against the Colts for 65.