Trailing 13-10 to the Los Angeles Rams at halftime of Super Bowl LVI, the Cincinnati Bengals started the second half with a bang.

On the first play of the third quarter, Joe Burrow challenged Jalen Ramsey with a deep ball for the second time tonight. Just like they did the first time, the Bengals connected. This time, however, it resulted in a touchdown. Tee Higgins hauled the pass in and took it in the rest of the way for a 75-yard touchdown.

Replays showed that Higgins could have been called for offensive pass interference or a face mask, but no flag was thrown and the TD stood. That was Higgins’ second touchdown of the game.

Things got even better for the Bengals on the first play of the ensuing possession. Ben Skowronek couldn’t handle a pass from Matthew Stafford and the ball fell into the hands of Chidobe Awuzie for the interception.

Cincinnati couldn’t take full advantage of the short field. The Los Angeles defense held strong and forced Evan McPherson to kick a 38-yard field goal. Still, in less than five minutes of game time, the Bengals went from being down 3 to taking the lead.

That’s a pretty good start for the Bengals after what was at times a sluggish first half.

About Michael Dixon

Michael has a background in sports writing both online (Bleacher Report, Sportsnaut, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks) and in print (Sedona Red Rock News, Brentwood Press). Sports have been a lifeline passion for Michael and he continues to enjoy writing and talking about them.