It took some time, but the Bengals offense finally strung together their best possession of the afternoon.
Lobbing the football downfield to Tyler Eifert, netted the Bengals 29 yards to their own 42-yard line with 4:35 remaining in the third quarter. Buster Skrine tacked on an additional 15 yards on an unnecessary roughness flag for clocking Eifert on a pass that was knocked down at the line of scrimmage on the following play, moving the Bengals to Cleveland's side of the field.
An offensive hold by A.J. Green moved the Bengals back to Cleveland's 49-yard line, but Cincinnati eventually recovered following a nine-yard Giovani Bernard reception, incomplete pass, and 6.8 yard reception to Green. Andy Dalton converted their second fourth and one attempt of the game, with 3:33 remaining in the third quarter from the Browns 34-yard line.
Unfortunately, the Bengals stalled. After miscommunication with A.J. Green led to an incomplete pass, Dane Sanzenbacher picked up six on a bubble screen to the Browns 26-yard line. Unable to find a receiver (or just freaking out because he's under pressure), Dalton scrambles for a one-yard gain -- three yards short of the first down.