Top Plays of 2012: Jermaine Gresham's fourth down conversion

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We continue our top plays of 2012 series with a great fourth down conversion against the Miami Dolphins.

Cincinnati's loss to the Miami Dolphins set into motion a four-game losing streak that nearly crushed the team's postseason ambitions. Offensively it wasn't a good performance either. BenJarvus Green-Ellis only gained 14 yards on nine carries -- Bernard Scott was the team's best running back, averaging eight yards on five carries. Andy Dalton tossed 15 incomplete passes and two interceptions, generating a passer rating of 63.5.

Yet the first quarter was positively productive.

Cincinnati's defense forced a three-and-out during Miami's opening possession and Vontaze Burfict recovered a muffed punt return with over 12 minutes remaining in the first. The turnover led to a Mike Nugent 42-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead. Nate Clements dramatically shut down Miami's ensuing possession, which had reached the red zone. Terence Newman recovered the fumble forced by Clements.

Cincinnati responded with an enthusiastic drive, thanks to a little help from Bernard Scott's 29-yard sprint down the right sidelines. Eventually the Bengals had fourth and two with 3:23 remaining in the first quarter from Miami's 35-yard line.

Cincinnati showed a power formation, stacking the offensive line with Jermaine Gresham and Orson Charles to the right. Chris Pressley was the lead-back with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who is one of the league's best at converting short yardage situations -- though he failed to gain a yard on third and two on the previous play. Miami's defense stacked the box.

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Pressley and Green-Ellis go right. Andy Dalton takes the football and... fakes the entire world by holding onto the football!!

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Green-Ellis wipes out the linebacker.

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In the meantime, players went into their respective routes.

Pressley ran into the flats. Orson Charles and A.J. Green ran crossing patterns while Jermaine Gresham ran a deep fade.

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Underneath, everything was chaos. Further out, Gresham was wide open.

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Dalton quickly identifies the open man and drops the football into Gresham's hands, who caught the football while in stride.

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Gresham picks up 20 yards and the first down. Eventually the Bengals offense would stall at Miami's seven-yard line, forcing Mike Nugent to convert the 24-yard field goal to take a 6-0 first quarter lead over the Dolphins.

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