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A.J. Green on Hail Mary: It would have been a great play if we won

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A.J. Green is one of the best wide receivers in football, but his big play at the end of regulation against the Ravens had nothing to do with skill.

Green said his touchdown catch on a Hail Mary that allowed the Bengals to force overtime was the result of “luck” as opposed to some design that called for him to stand off to the side and catch the ball off a carom. That’s just what happened as an initial tip sent the ball toward Ravens safety James Ihedigbo, who blundered by tipping the ball up in the air for Green to snatch.

“I was in the right spot at the right time; we talk about that a lot,” Green said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “And I was just looking for someone to tap the ball so I could catch it. I stood off to the side and watched. I was thinking about coming back closer to the ball but I stayed right where I was and the ball found me. It would have been a great play had we won.”

Had the Bengals won, the excitement over the comeback from 17-0 down would have overshadowed the self-inflicted wounds that led them to that deficit in the first place. The turnovers and penalties turned out to be too great an obstacle, however, and the Bengals can’t escape how much those errors have contributed to two straight overtime losses.

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32 Responses to “A.J. Green on Hail Mary: It would have been a great play if we won”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 11, 2013 9:58 AM

    Look out Bungals, here come the Browns.

  2. footballfan01 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:01 AM

    No fans of an AFC North team should feel confident about their squad this year.

  3. Stiller43 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:08 AM

    The whole AFCN is a dumpster fire

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 11, 2013 10:14 AM

    It would be great if Bengals owner mike brown got Andy Dalton higher quality #2 and #3 wide receivers.

    Look up Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu’s game logs statistics.

    Marvin Jones Yards Per Game Average:
    2012: 18 yards per game avg.
    2013: 43 yards per game avg.

    Mohamed Sanu Yards Per Game Average:
    2012: 19 yards per game avg.
    2013: 34 yards per game avg.

  5. mobuccsfan says: Nov 11, 2013 10:26 AM

    I really can’t make heads or tails of this division–sadly. Two weeks ago it appeared it was the Bengals for the taking. I personally want to see Cincy or the Browns emerge victorious but who knows. I do think they better hurry because the Steelers and Ravens will rebound again. The biggest obstacle for both of them is the salary cap issue with their QBs eating up a giant chunk of it and fixing their OL and defense; although to the Ravens credit, their D hasn’t been horrible this year but not the D one would expect from B-more either.

  6. cincy85 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:28 AM

    andy Dalton has lost the game 2 weeks straight now. this guy has got to be more consistant. how can you be so good for 3 weeks and suck so bad the next 2? this Bengal team has a lot of talent but they lack the mind set to be one of the elite.

  7. dickroy says: Nov 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    It might have been a great play had the Bengals won, but they would not have deserved it. Not after Dalton’s miserable performance. At least Lewis’s poor decision not to punt in over time set things right.

  8. bigbenownsthenfl says: Nov 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    Thanks bungles. At 3-6 my steelers are pathetic. Bit thanks to you guys we are still not out of it. We still play browns twice, ravens once and the bungles once. Lot of football left ladies. Dont sleep on the mighty steelers!

  9. suns11111 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:36 AM

    Hoping for the 2pt play, Balt defense just got blindsided and yelling at each other. What better way to go for 2 instead of extra pt.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 11, 2013 10:40 AM

    To the Bengals: just because last year’s SB champs relied heavily on Hail Mary’s and lucky breaks, that is not a formula that normally will succeed.

  11. getyourownname says: Nov 11, 2013 10:51 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Nov 11, 2013 10:40 AM
    To the Bengals: just because last year’s SB champs relied heavily on Hail Mary’s and lucky breaks, that is not a formula that normally will succeed.

    ++++++++++++
    Steelers are still in the basement of this division, right?

    No wonder Ben wants out of Pittsburgh.

  12. wacojoe says: Nov 11, 2013 11:09 AM

    As the rules have been changed too many times to mention just to make the game more entertaining for fans, I have one more change for that purpose…require each team to throw at least one “Hail Mary” pass a game on penalty of 7 points upon failure to do so.

  13. scoobies05 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:09 AM

    to crown…it was a successful formula that worked wonderfully last year. we got the idea from the steelers super bowl 40 team

  14. beelicker says: Nov 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    I will be interested to hear the league spin on just how Burfict deserves a roughing penalty knocking Flacco out of bounds (& really not all that hard either) when the replay clearly shows Flacco’s cleats kicking up turf INBOUNDS after Burfict’s contacting him & sending him out

    Or how Dunlap gets a horsecollar penalty for just sacking Flacco w/o actually getting a hand inside the shell or dragging him down in any kind of horsecollar style

  15. wacojoe says: Nov 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    Another rule change “to make the game more entertaining”…the ball must travel 5 yards before eligible for recovery in an on-sides kick.

    I know what you are thinking, but in an era of silly pass interference rules designed to “open up the game,” why not go all the way with silly rules?

  16. otistaylor89 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:28 AM

    If my 45 years of watching football, that was, by far, the easiest catch of a Hail Mary throw.

  17. junglerat524 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:34 AM

    Who is this joetoronto meathead? I only see him comment on Bengal stories after they lose. Is he still bitter about the Palmer trade? Not sure why a Raider fan has an interest in anything Bengals related. Maybe he’s still upset about Bo Jackson? Whatever his issues I hope he gets the help he needs

  18. robf2010 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:37 AM

    “Hoping for the 2pt play, Balt defense just got blindsided and yelling at each other. What better way to go for 2 instead of extra pt.”

    The current overtime rules reward or at least encourage gutlessness because a handful of crybabies didn’t like the idea that a team could win in overtime without giving the other team a chance. If they’d left the rules alone, eventually a gutsy coach would forego overtime and settle the game right there on the two yard line with the ball in his hands.

  19. bengalsucker says: Nov 11, 2013 11:42 AM

    Yeah Burfict better be getting another apology letter from the league on that BS call. Guess he was supposed to assume Flacco was gonna run out of bounds there. Sorry, I’m not on assumptions. You push him out plain and simple. That’s all he did.

    Oh and the horsecollar call on the Dunlap sack on Flacco was BS. Didn’t know getting a handful of jersey from behind was a horsecollar. New to me. This game was one of the worse officiated since the replacement refs.

  20. seabassfan says: Nov 11, 2013 11:43 AM

    AJ and the D played lights out. Too bad it wasn’t enough to overcome Dalton and the bad officiating.

  21. hehateme2 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:58 AM

    Too much whining about officiating. Every team can post the same thing each week. Pretty weak fandom.

    Choking is what we’ve seen the last two weeks and for possibly much longer. This team was overrated an is far too uneven to contend at this time.

    The Dolphins have had their problems but have beaten the Bengals twice over the past two seasons. Stop crying about the refs and IMPROVE!

  22. hehateme2 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:02 PM

    dickroy says: Nov 11, 2013 10:29 AM
    It might have been a great play had the Bengals won, but they would not have deserved it. Not after Dalton’s miserable performance. At least Lewis’s poor decision not to punt in over time set things right.

    One would think that Lewis learned his lesson from The Halloween game. Miami was smart to punt for field position and win the game in OT as a result.

  23. coachjohnharbaugh says: Nov 11, 2013 12:21 PM

    LOL. i own the league.

    look at my record since 2008. stand in line n come get some!

    #REPEAT

  24. cincinasty87 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:25 PM

    Worst officiated game since the Packers vs seahawks , no calls both ways and bs calls too. Also Dan dingledork commentating has to be the worst of all sports . Bias douche bag

  25. audient says: Nov 11, 2013 12:47 PM

    Stiller43 says:
    Nov 11, 2013 10:08 AM
    The whole AFCN is a dumpster fire

    The whole NFCE is a dumpster fire

    (I fixed it.)

  26. iamedreed says: Nov 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    as long as bengal fans are complaining about bad roughing the passer calls how about the one called on Ngata in the first half?

    literally pushes him in the chest with his hands, then his helmet makes contact with almost his groin area and thats leading with the helmet?

    bad calls go both ways, the bengals had no business winning that game

  27. cfeeley52 says: Nov 11, 2013 2:39 PM

    beelicker says:
    Nov 11, 2013 11:10 AM
    I will be interested to hear the league spin on just how Burfict deserves a roughing penalty knocking Flacco out of bounds (& really not all that hard either) when the replay clearly shows Flacco’s cleats kicking up turf INBOUNDS after Burfict’s contacting him & sending him out

    Or how Dunlap gets a horsecollar penalty for just sacking Flacco w/o actually getting a hand inside the shell or dragging him down in any kind of horsecollar style
    —————————————–
    I’ll give you the dunlap penalty, we got away with one there. In regards to Burfict, that was a make up call as he should have been flagged for that skirmish with Torrey Smith. But if you’re gonna bring up sour grapes, then explain how AJ Green didn’t fumble that ball near the sideline… Not that any of that really matters now that the game is over, just saying bad calls went both ways so quit complaining…

  28. cfeeley52 says: Nov 11, 2013 2:41 PM

    @hehateme
    Well said…

  29. mikebrowncincinnati says: Nov 11, 2013 2:46 PM

    Andy Doh!ton

  30. junglerat524 says: Nov 11, 2013 3:15 PM

    Bengals take this division. Sit down & shut up already. It’s already over no matter how hard you pray.

  31. greymares says: Nov 11, 2013 4:47 PM

    Yes but that play was worth about 16 fantasy points for A.J.Green owners

  32. gallopinggilmore says: Nov 12, 2013 10:26 PM

    Horrible officiating. I’d noticed the refs letting players play down field and not much PI calls this year. This game began with a BS Interference call for the Ravens and ended with BS A.J. Green getting mugged and no flags being thrown. Interference calls only if they favor the Ravens. Reminds me of this last Super Bowl

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