Despite Cincinnati's quick start, taking a 14-3 lead on consecutive 80-yard touchdown drives, the Bengals are barely holding onto a 14-12 half time lead. Cincinnati conducted four possessions in the first half, scoring two touchdowns to open the afternoon.
Following a disastrous third possession, highlighted by penalties and short gains, the Bengals nearly scored again with over four minutes remaining, thanks to a Mohamed Sanu 52-yard reception. Unfortunately, the offense stalled and Mike Nugent clanked a 44-yard attempt off the left upright.
Kansas City scored four field goals, on each of their four possessions. The Bengals defense has done a good job holding the Chiefs to field goals instead of touchdowns, but have been miserable between the 20s.