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Bengals Maintain 10-Point Lead After Mike Nugent Misses 35-Yard Field Goal

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a football prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a football prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Following a 36-yard punt to the 16-yard line where Brandon Tate fair catches the football, Andy Dalton dumps off the football to Jermaine Gresham at the line of scrimmage for a no-gain. On second down Dalton dumps off the pass on a tight end screen to Gresham, who fought through a handful of attempted tackles for the first down to Cincinnati’s 28-yard line. Dalton scrambles up the middle with a ton of green in front of him, picking up another 12 yards on the scramble.

Cincinnati would pick up another first down on consecutive runs, picking up 15 yards to Arizona’s 45-yard line as the first quarter expires.

Dalton takes a quick three-step drop and hits Jerome Simpson on a quick hitch, picking up eight yards to Arizona’s 37-yard line. On the following play, Dalton fires a pass downfield towards the left sidelines where Green out-jumped two defenders to haul in the 17-yard reception and the first down to Arizona’s 20-yard line.

Following a two-yard run by Bernard Scott and a tipped pass to Jermaine Gresham that fell incomplete, the Bengals line up from the Cardinals 18-yard line. Andy Dalton in shotgun, with seven yards needed to convert the third down, tries floating the football into the endzone for A.J. Green, which was nearly intercepted, but falling incomplete.

Mike Nugent pulls the 35-yard field goal wide right and the Bengals come away with nothing.