Both teams opened the game with a pedestrian effort that led to a punt. Cincinnati's offense resumed from their own six-yard line with 7:38 remaining in the first quarter. Following a second down batted ball by J.J. Watt, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton hit Mohamed Sanu on a quick slant to pick up 10 yards and the first down.
Then Giovani Bernard ran for 19 yards.
Giovani with a 19 yard run. https://t.co/TEHP2hJs3m— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 23, 2014
Then Jeremy Hill added another 13 yards, reaching the Houston Texans 49-yard line with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter.
Then Jeremy Hill adds a 13 yard run after Gio's 19 yarder. https://t.co/z1YduWq5ld— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 23, 2014
Eventually the Bengals have third and two, with Dalton slamming a fastball into a leaping A.J. Green, reaching the Texans 21-yard line. Two plays later, the Bengals converted another third and two, reaching the Texans six-yard line on a wide open slant. By this point in the game, the Bengals have converted four of five third down opportunities.
Dalton goes under center on first down and hits a quick wide receiver screen to Mohamed Sanu, giving Cincinnati a 7-0 lead.
Sanu scores a TD on a WR screen with 1:19 remaining. https://t.co/NYlZXjxxvZ— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 23, 2014