The Bengals got the first score in this game as Andy Dalton threw a 45-yard pass to his favorite target, A.J. Green. However, they were only able to score three points on the drive as they failed to get into the end zone. Bengals up, 3-0.
However, the remainder of the first half would be dominated by y the Texans, as they put together two long scoring drives to go up 14-3. An interception by Texans cornerback Jason Allen would be returned for a touchdown, and the Texans would then go up 21-3.
The Texans would mount one more drive before halftime to find themselves up 28-6. Backup quarterback T.J. Yates was played very conservatively, as he only threw a deep ball twice in the first half, and let running back Arian Foster take over the load of the offense, rushing for over 100 yards in the first half.
In the third quarter however, the Bengals would rally, as Andy Dalton, who threw two interceptions in the first half, finally got hot and with the help of a strong rushing attack by Cedric Benson, scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, and all of a sudden, the Bengals were down 28-20.
Yates would throw his first interception in the fourth quarter, which the Bengals took advantage of, scoring another touchdown and tying the game with a two-point conversion. All of a sudden, the Texans' 22-point lead at the half had been squandered, and they were in danger of the Bengals taking over the game.
However, the Texans would revive their rushing attack, even without Arian Foster, who went out at the beginning of the fourth with a collarbone injury. The Texans would break the tie by scoring a field goal with nind minutes left to play.
After a Bengals three and out, the Texans would get the ball again, where they would clinch the game with two minutes left to play, scoring a touchdown and taking a 38-28 lead. And just moments later, Andy Dalton would throw his third interception of the day, which Texans running back Ben Tate would turn into more points, scoring another touchdown.
The Bengals would try once more to pull off a miracle, but Dalton threw his fourth interception as time expired, and the game was over as the Texans survive a third-quarter scare to win 45-28.
T.J. Yates: 145 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Andy Dalton: 249 yards, 2 TD, 4 INT
Arian Foster: 172 rushing yards
Ben Tate, 111 rushing yards, 3 TD
Cedric Benson, 173 rushing yards
Jacoby Jones: 100 yards
Andre Johnson: 27 yards, 1 TD
Kevin Walter: 6 yards, 1 TD
A.J. Green: 81 yards, 1 TD
Andre Caldwell: 62 yards, 1 TD
J.J. Watt: 3 sacks
Jonathan Joseph: 2 INTs
Jason Allen: 1 INT, 1 TD
Glover Quin, Jr: 1 INT
Nate Clements: 1 INT