CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals scored 17 second-half points and never trailed in their 34-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Bengals kicker Mike Nugent made a 37-yard field goal, his second of the day, and extended his team’s lead over the Browns to 10 points at 34-24 with 2:09 remaining in regulation.
Nugent’s kick finished an 11-play, 58-yard drive that took more than five minutes off the fourth-quarter clock.
Little’s 24-yard touchdown reception, the third of his NFL career, cut the Bengals’ lead over the Browns to 31-24.
Andrew Hawkins caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Dalton and extended the Cincinnati lead to 31-17 over the Browns with 10:44 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Hawkins caught the pass in the middle of the field, motored to the right sideline and then, side-stepped his way out of a tackle before crossing back to the left hash mark and into the end zone for the touchdown.
The Browns had cut into the Bengals’ lead and trailed 24-17 after three quarters.
Browns running back
Richardson ran to the left of the formation and caught Weeden’s pass in the flat. He then turned upfield and stutter-stepped around a tackle at the 12-yard line. Richardson bulled his way through another defender at the five-yard line, spun at the two and scored the touchdown.
Cincinnati wide receiver Brandon Tate caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Dalton on the Bengals’ first drive of the second half. Nugent’s extra point gave the Bengals a 24-10 lead over the Browns with 11:58 remaining in the third quarter.
Tate ran a go-route down the right sideline and corralled Dalton’s second touchdown pass of the game by outrunning Browns defensive back
A booth review upheld the call on the field of a touchdown.
The seven-play, 80-yard scoring drive took 3:02 off the third-quarter clock.
Nugent converted his 39-yard attempt and extended the team’s lead over the Browns to 17-10 with 4:45 remaining in the first half.
The Bengals’ advantage stayed at seven points as the teams headed to the locker room for halftime.
Nugent capped off a seven-play, 56-yard drive that took 3:20 off the game clock.
On the previous drive, Richardson’s 32-yard touchdown run cut the Browns’ deficit against the Bengals to four points at 14-10 with 8:15 remaining in the first half.
Richardson took Weeden’s handoff on first-and-10 from the Cincinnati 32-yard line, ran behind right guard
Richardson punctuated the score by jumping and rolling into the end zone. The former University of Alabama runner’s touchdown sparked a “Roll Tide, Roll” call from Browns radio broadcaster Jim Donovan.
On first-and-goal from the 10-yard line, Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton threw a pass over to second-year wide receiver A.J. Green on the right side of the field and Green worked his way out of
Nugent’s extra point extended the Bengals’ lead to 14-3 over the Browns with 10:27 left in the second quarter.
Courtesy of their special teams return unit, the Bengals enjoyed a 7-3 lead over the Browns after the first quarter of Sunday’s AFC North Division game.
Cincinnati cornerback Adam Jones fielded a punt from Cleveland’s
Jones stepped out of the first tackle by
The Browns took the opening kickoff and got one first down on a 13-yard run on an end-around to wide receiver
Later in the first quarter, Browns kicker
Dawson has now made all four of his field goal attempts this season and is three-for-three on kicks of 40 or more yards. He was seven-of-eight on field goal attempts of at least 50 yards in 2011.
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