The Cincinnati Bengals lost the coin toss, but the San Francisco 49ers deferred giving Cincinnati an opportunity to start the game on offense. And boy, did they every start well. Rookie quarterback resumed his surgical passing dominance from the second half against the Denver Broncos last week.
The Bengals start the game with a first down pass, picking up 10 yards on an out towards the left sidelines. In fact Andre Caldwell, starting for Jerome Simpson who entered the game early during the Bengals first drive, completes three consecutive passes to Caldwell for 32 yards receiving. On the 49ers 41-yard line, Andy Dalton fakes the handoff and looks to his right, where A.J. Green ran a post over the middle. The two connected for an 18-yard completion. After Benson picked up six yards on the ground, Dalton hits Donald Lee from the 49ers 17-yard line for another 11-yard gain.
However the Bengals lost steam as they reached inside the ten-yard line. The Bengals attempted back-to-back runs to the right, picking up two yards combined setting up a third-and-four from San Francisco's four-yard line. Dalton takes the shotgun snap and due to pressure, rolls out to his left. The pass was deflected in the endzone for Simpson, forcing Mike Nugent to convert a 22-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
Andy Dalton completed his first five passes for 61 yards, including three to Caldwell for 32. The offense went 12 plays for 76 yards in 6:16 to start the game. Nice.