Cleveland responded to the Cincinnati Bengals 14-3 lead quickly, with a little help from officials. Following an eight-yard reception by Greg Little, reaching the Browns 32-yard line, Brandon Weeden converts the eventual third down to running back Chris Ogbonnaya. Officials called a phantom helmet-to-helmet, giving the Browns another 15 yards.
With 8:54 remaining in the second quarter, Weeden hits Alex Smith on a tight end screen over the middle for another 17 yards setting up first and ten from the Bengals 32-yard line. Trent Richardson takes the ball, bounces around before aiming down the right sidelines, sprinting into the endzone for a touchdown. Browns reduce Cincinnati's lead 14-10.