CINCINNATI -- No overtime this time. The Cincinnati Bengals brushed aside their intrastate rival and strengthened their hold on the AFC North with one record-setting quarter.
Essentially, it was over by halftime.
The Bengals (7-4) fell behind 13-0 in the first quarter before putting it away with 15 minutes of domination all around.
"That was crazy," defensive tackle Domata Peko said. "I haven't seen anything like that -- so many points in a couple of minutes and the momentum changing so fast."
"Cleveland has done a lot of really good things, put themselves in position in the division that this was a really big game for both teams," Dalton said.
The Browns had pegged it as a chance to show they're a contender. Instead, they got their comeuppance -- the most lopsided game in the intrastate series since Cincinnati's 30-0 win in Cleveland in 2006.
"I'm disappointed we lost and in the way we lost, but we've got Pittsburgh coming in and the next two are at home," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "That gives us a chance to get back on track. I'm glad this one's over."
Dalton had a horrid start that helped Cleveland get a promising early lead. He threw two passes that were picked off by Joe Haden, who ran one of them back 29 yards for a touchdown and a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.
When the quarter ended, Cleveland fell apart.
"It was surreal," Dye said. "You never expect that to happen in a game, let alone your first game."
More surreal to come.
"This is an urgent month for us coming up. First, we had to take care of November. We have bigger fish to fry."
The 31 points matched the second-most allowed by the Browns in one quarter. They hadn't done it since they gave up 31 in the second quarter at Houston on Dec. 9, 1990. The club record is 35 points allowed in the first quarter of a 35-7 loss at Green Bay in 1967.
Dalton threw another touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, giving him three overall. He was 13-of-27 passing for only 93 yards.
Jason Campbell threw a 74-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to Josh Gordon, but had an otherwise disappointing showing. Campbell hadn't thrown an interception in 90 attempts this season, but he was picked off three times. He set a career high with 56 pass attempts and completed 27 for 248 yards.
Haden had his first two-interception game while shutting down A.J. Green. Haden held the 2012 All-Pro receiver to two catches for 7 yards, ending Green's club-record streak of five straight games with at least 100 yards.
Notes: Campbell's 56 attempts were the third-most in franchise history behind Colt McCoy (61) and Brian Sipe (57). ... Ogbonnaya had a 43-yard run, his longest of the season. ... LB James Harrison had his first interception for the Bengals and his first since 2010 with Pittsburgh. It was his seventh career interception. ... DB Chris Crocker and RG Kevin Zeitler were inactive because of injuries. ... The Bengals have blocked three kicks this season, the first time they've done that since 1991.
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