Randy Bullock misses late FG, Chargers get 16-13 win

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Joe Burrow‘s NFL debut ended in painful fashion.

Bengals kicker Randy Bullock was on to try a 31-yard field goal to tie the game as time ran out in the fourth quarter, but he pushed it far right while apparently pulling a muscle as he stepped into the kick. The miss meant the Chargers escaped with a 16-13 win.

They were down 13-6 as the fourth quarter got underway, but ran their way to a game-tying touchdown and then took the lead after a Joe Mixon fumble. Former Bengal and current Chargers linebacker Nick Vigil recovered the ball to set up Michael Badgley‘s third field goal of the afternoon.

The kick went in and the Chargers got a win on what was an up and down day offensively. Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley had 144 yards on 31 carries, but Tyrod Taylor was just 16-of-30 throwing the ball.

Burrow finished the day 23-of-36 for 193 yards and an interception. He also ran for a 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Burrow’s touchdown run was by design and the team called a few other runs for him, but several of his eight carries came after he was flushed from the pocket. Pressure was an issue for much of the day as Burrow was sacked three times, hit six times and he threw his interception on an ill-advised attempt to avoid the pass rush by flipping the ball to Giovani Bernard.

That interception came with the Bengals down three and in field goal range in the fourth quarter, so the rookie will have to learn not to take such risks with potential points on the table. There was more to like about what happened after the pick.

Burrow completed 7-of-9 passes while working without any timeouts to take the Bengals from their 18-yard-line into scoring position in the final minute. Burrow spiked the ball to stop the clock with 18 seconds left to play in regulation and the Bengals on the 13-yard line before hitting Bernard for a 10-yard gain with 12 seconds left.

A try for A.J. Green in the end zone resulted in an offensive pass interference call, however, and the Bengals called on Randy Bullock to tie the game with seconds to play. Bullock missed and Burrow will have to wait at least one more week for his first NFL win.

23 responses to “Randy Bullock misses late FG, Chargers get 16-13 win

  1. All the experts that picked Joe Burrow to be an instant Hall Of Famer & break the rookie TD record might want to remind him it helps to actually throw TD passes.

  2. So I guess the Bengals saying they were optimistic and not concerned about the online was more of a “It’s as good as it’s gonna get” level of concern. All so I’m glad that we got our annual Randy Bullock failed meaningful kick out the way. Pulled a muscle! Inconcevable! That man looks to be in the same elite athletic condition that you’d witness in professional bowlers!

  3. What makes the bengals the bengals is summed up by bobby hart. They knew he was useless and doesnt seem they tried to replace him via trade,free agency or the draft. Theres always one horrible player were all aware of that they ignore how bad he is..eric giucuc, nate livings, now hart. Its like theyre not even trying

  4. Burrow was really impressive at the end of the fourth quarter, first NFL game and all.

    Too bad he doesn’t get the W.

  5. luke8512 says:
    September 13, 2020 at 7:37 pm
    Inconcevable!

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    You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

  6. Burrow actually audibled to the TD run,but you would know that if you listened to the post game interviews.

  7. Bullock has been hiding out in Cinny the last few years because no one asked him to win any games. When there is NO PRESSURE he’s a OK kicker BUT ask him to make a clutch kick and he chokes. Thats why the Houston Texans axed him years ago.

  8. hellooooooooooobrooklyn says:
    September 13, 2020 at 8:13 pm
    luke8512 says:
    September 13, 2020 at 7:37 pm
    Inconcevable!

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    You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

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    I think it’s a riff on “Princess Bride”, unless you just mean it’s misspelled?

  9. Considering I quoted The Princess Bride directly, yes, I think it is. I doubt that was his intention though lol

  10. A try for A.J. Green in the end zone resulted in an offensive pass interference call,

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    Um, you mean a game winning TD reception by AJ Green was negated by….

  11. I feel great about Joe Burrow. He was playing beyond his years in the 4th quarter. Yeah, he made some mistakes (one bad one) but of course he did, he’s a rookie playing in his first NFL game with no pre season etc. I also felt way better about Lou Anarumo as a defensive coordinator. The D mostly played great, though you have to consider they were up against Tyrod Taylor.

    The obvious, and very big, problem is the offensive line. Burrow will have no success when he’s got the D-line in his face the whole game and he’ll probably suffer a season ending injury if this keeps up.

  12. “Pressure was an issue for much of the day as Burrow was sacked three times, hit six times”

    Who could have seen that coming?

  13. There is something wrong here.

    Joe Burrow missed alot of throws on Sunday.

    He didn’t throw a Touchdown.

    Burrow is super hyped up!

    A.J. Green extremely pushed off.

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