The defense has led the way for both teams in this game today as neither offense has been all that great. Each team exchanged touchdowns in the first quarter, and both were aided by long penalties to put each team in position to score a touchdown.
The two teams then exchanged field goals after that to tie the game at 10 points each. On Cincinnati's field goal drive it was rookie quarterback Andy Dalton who used his athleticism to escape the pass rush to complete a 36-yard pass to tight end Donald Lee which put the Bengals deep in Houston territory before they kicked a 37-yard field goal to go up 10-7.
The Texans then responded with a field goal of their own on the next possession, and drove down the field in 10 plays to kick a 39-yard field goal to tie the game at 10. On that drive Texans quarterback T.J. Yates nearly completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson, but the ball was just out of reach of Johnson's hands.
With the half winding down the Bengals has 1:48 left in the half to do something. However, it was the Texans who made a play as Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was intercepted by an athletic play by defensive end J.J. Watt who went untouched for 29 yards to put the Texans up 17-10 at the half.
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