CINCINNATI -- Thoughts at halftime of the Bengals-49ers game:
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was 5-for-6 for 61 yards on the opening drive, which resulted in the only points of the first half. After that, he was 5-for-10 for 29 yards for the rest of the half.
Bengals running back Cedric Benson is having a tough time cracking the 49ers' defense, which hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 24 straight games (longest current streak in NFL). Benson has 26 yards on nine carries.
Simpson made his first catch in the second quarter and received a mostly warm welcome from the sparse crowd at Paul Brown Stadium. There were only a few boos for Simpson, who has been an active member in local charities.
The Bengals took the conservative route at the end of the first half. With the ball at their own 15-yard line and one minute remaining, they chose to run out the clock.