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Bengals take long drive, wind up with no points

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 15:  Alan Branch #97 of the New England Patriots celebrates teammate Stephen Gostkowski's 54 yard field goal in the final minute of the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 15, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The New England Patriots defeated the New York Giants 27-26.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots defense bent and then it bent some more on the Bengals’ second offensive possession of the game, but they didn’t break with their backs against the end zone.

Marvin Lewis opted to have his team go for it from the one-yard-line on fourth down in the second quarter and Giovani Bernard was swamped by the Patriots defense before he made it back to the line of scrimmage. Defensive linemen Anthony Johnson and Alan Branch led the charge and the Bengals were left with nothing to show for a 15-play, 89-yard drive that ate up almost nine minutes of the clock.

Cornerback Malcolm Butler made a big play on third down, knocking away a pass to A.J. Green that became Andy Dalton’s first incompletion of the day. Dalton opened the day with 10 straight completions for 93 yards.

The Patriots still lead 3-0 and now have the ball for the third time on the day.

UPDATE 1:58 p.m. ET: The Bengals forced a quick punt and then took a 7-3 lead after a much quicker drive ended with Dalton strolling into the end zone from two yards out.

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5 Responses to “Bengals take long drive, wind up with no points”
  1. terripet says: Oct 16, 2016 1:56 PM

    Bengals will no nowhere with Lewis as there coach fire him asap

  2. stinkymcmulligan says: Oct 16, 2016 1:57 PM

    A disgrace

  3. thereving7 says: Oct 16, 2016 2:11 PM

    I’m starting to think refs bad calls aren’t necessarily for one team to win buy to keep the game close. Why? To keep people tuned in, so they can show more commercials, up until the end of the game. The Bengals got help on two calls to keep the patriots from taking over the game, now with the Bengals up 7-3, they called a bad one against the Bengals to kill Bengals momentum. In my opinion all three penalties against both teams could’ve been no calls.

  4. pfatalbert says: Oct 16, 2016 2:13 PM

    Fishy officiating— gee no surprise there

  5. dcpatfan says: Oct 16, 2016 2:17 PM

    I can’t help but think Josh has cracked the bungles code. 35 second half points

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