Bengals Vs. Texans, AFC Wild Card 2012: Mike Nugent Gives Cincy 10-7 Lead

The Cincinnati Bengals have tried a "Big play to get into field goal range, then kick a field goal" strategy twice in Saturday's AFC Wild Card game with the Houston Texans. On the second try, it worked, and a Mike Nugent field goal has given the Bengals a 10-7 lead.

The Bengals got their second big play of the day via Andy Dalton's mobility: their quarterback got out of the pocket and created a passing lane, then found Donald Lee for a 36-yard gain. The Texans tacked on another 15 yards to that play with an unnecessary roughness penalty, but the Bengals stalled in Houston territory yet again, with Dalton throwing for a loss, throwing a near-interception, and tossing a shovel pass for no gain once the Bengals got into field goal range.

Nugent made the 37-yard field goal after missing one from 50 yards earlier in the game.

Dalton has been excellent for the Bengals, completing 12 of 16 passes for 121 yards.

For more on the Bengals, be sure to check out the SB Nation blog Cincy Jungle. For more on the Texans, head over to Battle Red Blog. Here's the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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