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Bengals-Broncos: Cincinnati Snatches Defeat out of the Jaws of Victory

Russell WightAnalyst ISeptember 14, 2009

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 13:  Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the action from the sidelines against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 12-7. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

I could have laughed. I could have cried. I opted for just staring at the television in disbelief. The Broncos beat the Bengals on a tipped ball that turned into an 87-yard touchdown that ripped the heart out of everyone wearing orange and black.

However, it should have never gotten to that point. In the first half, the Bengals took all five drives into Denver territory and had nothing to show for it. They out-gained the Broncos 185-91 and had the football nearly twice as long.Β 

The Bengals trailed 3-0 going into the locker room, partly because of a bad snap on what would have been an easy field goal for Shayne Graham.

A dismal third quarter for the Bengals offense and another field goal for the Broncos gave Denver a 6-0 lead late in the fourth quarter. The Broncos were driving and faced a third down at the Cincinnati 29-yard line with 7:35 left to play in the game. Antwan Odom sacked Kyle Orton, taking the Broncos out of field goal range and giving the Bengals one last chance.

Carson Palmer was magnificent, leading his team 91 yards for a touchdown. The extra point gave the Bengals the lead and everything seemed right in the world.

The Bengals defense played very well for the majority of the game. The offense struggled to put points on the board but finally crossed the goal line. The Bengals were going to escape with a victory, right?

Um, no.

This is what being a Bengals fan is all about. Heartbreaking, gut-wrenching and disappointing are just a few words to describe what set in yesterday as I saw Brandon Stokley grab the football and take off for the end zone.

Was the aggressive Bengals defense too aggressive? Everyone went for the ball and nobody was between Stokley and the end zone.Β 

It seems like the Bengals and their fans just can't catch a break...or a tipped ball.

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