Though it was sometimes painful to watch, the Cincinnati Bengals did come up with a few beautiful moments on the day. We look through some of the biggest plays that were key to Cincinnati's 14-13 win over Tampa Bay. Cast your vote and sound off on the winner!
Andy Dalton's Five-Yard Touchdown Run In Second Quarter: The Bengals were flailing after two Dalton interceptions and in need of a score, being down 10-0 on the road. After a solid drive with all but one play going for good, positive yardage, Dalton took the snap on a first and goal from the five. He charged into the end zone largely untouched and got the Bengals on the board just before halftime.
Terence Newman's Second Quarter Interception: The Buccaneers received the ball right after the Dalton touchdown run and tried to make something happen before the half. With 51 seconds remaining, Newman stepped in front of Vincent Jackson to intercept a Josh McCown pass and set up his team well at the Tampa Bay 40-yard line. Unfortunately, the Bengals gave it right back with a third Dalton interception, but at a minimum, Newman saved points before half with the turnover.
Andy Dalton's 13-Yard Touchdown Pass To A.J. Green In Third Quarter: Still trailing 10-7, the Bengals' offense began to move behind Dalton, who looked to be feeling much better from the flu. After dinking and dunking his way down the field, Dalton threw a strike to Green, putting the Bengals up 14-10 just before the fourth quarter commenced.
Geno Atkins And Carlos Dunlap Combine For Fourth Quarter Sack: Immediately following Dalton's touchdown pass to Green, head coach Marvin Lewis opened his bag of tricks and attempted an onside kick. It didn't work and it put the Bengals' defense in a big hole. The Buccaneers began moving the ball, but faced a third and 16 from the Cincinnati 22-yard line. Dunlap and Atkins converged on McCown and dragged him down for a two-yard loss. It set up a field goal opportunity, which was converted, but a touchdown would have been catastrophic.
James Wright's 30-Yard Catch In Fourth Quarter: The Bengals kept the Bucs at bey through most of the fourth quarter and had the ball with four minutes remaining. After two Jeremy Hill runs netted them minus-one yard deep in their own territory, Dalton and Co. faced a third and 11. Dalton pump faked and threw a pretty ball to Wright on the sideline, where he managed to get his feet in bounds. The play forced four more plays, burned all three of Tampa's timeouts and chewed clock.
"The Red Flag Miracle": We have a feeling that this one will be the strongest horse in this race, even though it was a penalty that negated a play, rather than one being made by players. As the Bucs drove down the field to set up the winning field goal, Marvin Lewis tossed his red challenge flag onto the field after a huge McCown completion to Louis Murphy. At first, nobody really understood why Lewis did it, but as more information trickled in, it was to show the officiating crew that Tampa Bay had too many men on the field during that critical completion. The reception was negated and Tamps was moved back five additional yards from the original line of scrimmage, taking them far out of field goal range.