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Bengals Finally Answer On 11-Yard A.J. Green Touchdown

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04:  Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 4, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 4, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Though Brandon Tate didn't fumble the football on the ensuing kickoff, he returned it for a mediocre 23-yard return to the Steelers 35-yard line. The last time Cincinnati's offense was on the field, the Bengals were only down by seven. Now they're down by 21 points, thanks to miscues, penalties and just general poor defense that was expected -- though the poor rush defense was expected to be a little more hopeful.

Though one aspect you can be assure of is that Cincinnati won't give up. Following a five-yard quick pass to A.J. Green and a Cedric Benson five-yard run that picked up a first down, Andy Dalton unleashes a deep pass to Jermaine Gresham on the 20-yard reception on the deep out to midfield.

A.J. Green takes the handoff on the ensuing play on an end around, right to left, for a 15-yard gain. Following consecutive incomplete passes, the Bengals are left with a third and ten from the Steelers 27-yard line. Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap with empty backfield, finds a wide open A.J. Green on a hitch route at the first down marker for the 14-yard reception and the first down.

On second and eight from the Steelers 11-yard line, following Benson's two-yard run, Andy Dalton surveys the field and finds Green in the back of the endzone for the touchdown, reducing Pittsburgh's deficit to 14 points.