After blowing a 14-point lead and then pulling out a late score and then blowing the extra point, the Bengals still found a way to push their record to 3-1 by knocking out the Browns with a field goal late in overtime.
In a back-and-forth sudden-death fifth quarter nearly as boring as last year’s Eagles-Bengals tie, after which Donovan McNabb revealed a shocking degree of football stupidity by admitting that he didn’t know games could end in ties, the Bengals won via a 31-yard field goal with 0:07 to play. (James Bond says, “They stole my move.”)
The key play on the winning drive came on a 15-yard scramble from body-by-Lego quarterback Carson Palmer on fourth-and-11 with 64 seconds left. The play gave the Bengals a first down at Cleveland’s 26. A 17-yard pass on the next play put the ball in position for the decisive kick.
And so the Bengals head next week to Baltimore for a showdown with the 3-1 Ravens for early-season supremacy in the AFC North.