There was the slow start on offense, a few head-scratching miscues by quarterback Joe Flacco and a total abandonment of a punchless running game. Then, when it appeared that an 80-yard Flacco touchdown pass to Steve Smith would make all of that not matter, their defense reverted to last year's form with a critical letdown at the worst possible time — with under five minutes to play, Andy Dalton heaved a 77-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green.
How could it not be Dalton’s pass to Green, who made a juggling catch down the right sideline after getting a step on cornerback Chykie Brown? The score came just two plays — and 48 seconds — after Smith hauled in the longest touchdown pass of Flacco's career.