The Bengals' youth movement continued in stride and closed the gap between good teams and mediocre teams.
Yet the gap between the Bengals and good teams continued to be razor thin, as Cincinnati dropped a heart-breaker in the waning seconds of the game.
It was not so much any one moment, rather several key moments where the game would have been had if only a slight mistake or misstep had not been made or taken.
The future is bright for the Bengals—even though the door came closer to closing out the Bengals remarkable run in 2011.
Here is what we learned from the Bengals' week 14 loss...