FOXBORO, Mass — Andy Dalton was having a good game at halftime Sunday, but New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower made sure that didn’t continue in the third quarter.

The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback dropped back to pass on a second and 18 from his own 8-yard line with just over seven minutes remaining in the third, but Hightower didn’t give him much time to find a receiver as he zoomed past the line to sack Dalton in the end zone for a safety.

The Patriots were trailing by four at the time, but the safety swung the momentum back to New England, which capitalized with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski on the ensuing drive.

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