HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07: (R) Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks over at Andrew Hawkins #16 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter against the Houston Texans during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Cleveland Browns are clearly establishing strong momentum early in the fourth quarter, following an amazing Trent Richardson reception, bouncing off a handful of Bengals defenders (or another horrifying showing by the Bengals defense). Either way the Bengals have to recoup some of that momentum or risk the Browns completing a comeback later in the quarter. Dalton quickly picked up a first down on three-yard A.J. Green reception and eight-yard catch by Armon Binns to Cincinnati's 37-yard line with over 13 minutes remaining in the game.
Third down and one with 12:50 remaining, Andy Dalton hands off to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who finds a massive hole to the right, picking up seven yards that could have been much longer if not for a T.J. Ward collision.
It was over after that. But it was a good one.
Andy Dalton takes a quarter back sack by Frostee Rucker, a ten-yard loss -- which was recovered by BenJarvus Green-Ellis on a second down reception -- and on third down at midfield, Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap. Pressure forces the quarterback to roll out right, before finding Andrew Hawkins.
Now that little squirt bounces off tackles, plays off blockers, redirects inside for the 50-yard touchdown, giving the Bengals a 31-17 lead with under 11 minutes remaining in the game.