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Cincinnati Bengals Take A 20-6 Lead In The Fourth Quarter

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ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 18: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 18, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 18: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 18, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Following a Harvey Dahl moment that may be remembered long after this game is actually completed, an eventual first and 30 forced the Rams to punt the football. Brandon Tate returned the football 15 yards that was eventually negated on a Dan Skuta hold, pushing the Bengals back to their own 20-yard line. Andy Dalton quickly hits A.J. Green for a 14-yard gain and Cedric Benson follows that up with a 14-yard gain and the Bengals are moving.

Thankfully Jerome Simpson recovered Benson’s third fumble of the afternoon. On the following play Dalton tries to dump off the pass to Benson, but a violent hit on Benson is called for an unnecessary roughness, giving the Bengals another 15 yards.

Following an eight-yard end around by Andrew Hawkins, Benson’s 15-yard run ended with another personal foul on the Rams giving the Bengals a first and four from the Rams four-yard line. Benson takes the handoff and breaks the left edge, diving in the endzone near the front left pylon for the touchdown, giving the Bengals a 20-6 lead with 9:14 remaining in the game.