The Jaguars responded and took a 7-3 lead on Gabbert's 2-yard TD pass to Marcedes Lewis. Jacksonville's defense responded with consecutive stops, but then Bengals coach Marvin Lewis used a fake punt to turn the momentum.
Cedric Peerman took the direct snap and gained 48 yards. Dalton found Chris Pressley for a 1-yard score and a 10-7 lead a few plays later.
Dalton found Green for a 42-yard gain on Cincinnati's next drive, a perfectly thrown ball over Mathis that set up Dalton's 1-yard plunge just before halftime.
Clearly, the Bengals figured out something there because Dalton and Green hooked up several more times in the second half.
Cincinnati looked as if it would seal the victory early in the third, but BenJarvus Green-Ellis fumbled at the goal line, and the Jaguars recovered.
Gabbert was sharp on the ensuing drive, but Jacksonville settled for a field goal. Dalton connected with Green for an 18-yard score on the third play of the fourth quarter, giving the Bengals plenty of cushion against Jacksonville's struggling offense.