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Game Recap: Bengals 34, Browns 27

Posted Sep 16, 2012

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals earned a 34-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.

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.

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden tossed his second NFL touchdown pass when he connected with second-year wide receiver Greg Little on a deep slant over the middle of the field at the 7:11 mark of the fourth quarter.

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 Trent Richardson caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden and drew the team to within one score of the Bengals at 24-17 with seven seconds left in the third quarter.

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 Eric Hagg to the goal line.

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 Shawn Lauvao and bounced the ball to the outside where he outraced the Bengal defenders to the end zone for a touchdown.

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 Dimitri Patterson’s tackle and scored a touchdown.

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 Reggie Hodges at his own 19-yard line and returned it 81 yards for a touchdown. Nugent’s extra point gave the Bengals a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 13:13 remaining in the first quarter.

Jones stepped out of the first tackle by Johnson Bademosi and ran past five other tacklers on his way to the end zone.

The Browns took the opening kickoff and got one first down on a 13-yard run on an end-around to wide receiver Travis Benjamin. However, they were unable to keep the momentum going and had to punt just three plays later.

Later in the first quarter, Browns kicker Phil Dawson connected on a 50-yard field goal attempt and cut Cincinnati’s lead to 7-3 with 9:01 left in the first quarter.

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.

Game Recap is presented by Giant Eagle, the Official Supermarket of the Cleveland Browns.