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Dalton is 1st Bengals quarterback to catch TD pass, sets up 33-7 win over sloppy Titans

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) dives into the end zone for a touchdown past Tennessee Titans free safety Michael Griffin (33) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) dives into the end zone for a touchdown past Tennessee Titans free safety Michael Griffin (33) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) celebrates with wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) after Dalton scored on an 18-yard pass reception from Sanu in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) celebrates with wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) after Dalton scored on an 18-yard pass reception from Sanu in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) catches a pass from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu against Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (25) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Cincinnati. Dalton ran the ball into the end zone for a touchdown.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) catches a pass from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu against Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (25) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Cincinnati. Dalton ran the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

Andy Dalton caught a touchdown pass — the first Bengals quarterback to pull off that feat — as Cincinnati stayed undefeated on Sunday, beating Tennessee 33-7 a few hours after the Titans got sad news.

The Bengals (3-0) head into their bye week with their best start in eight years.

A few hours before kickoff, the Titans (1-2) learned that kicker Rob Bironas had died overnight in a one-car crash in Nashville. He'd been released in March after his ninth season with Tennessee.

The Titans committed a safety for holding in the end zone on a punt, missed two field goal attempts, snapped the ball before Jake Locker was ready in shotgun formation, and whiffed on the game's defining play. Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson let Dalton catch Mohamed Sanu's pass and go 18 yards for a score.

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