While the Bengals certainly didn’t play with the inspiration and heart needed to win a divisional rivalry game against the Browns on Sunday, there were several controversial calls that affected the game and gave the win-less Browns an added boost in scoring the upset.
The first controversial play occurred at the end of the first-half when Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green on a 25-yard completion to the CLE-16 with 10 seconds remaining. The Bengals were out of timeouts, and Dalton hurried to the line and spiked the ball to stop the clock. The officials ruled that the spike occurred after time had already run out, but watching the replay on TV, it appeared there was still one second left when the ball hit the ground. It cost the Bengals a chance at a chip-shot field goal, and a 10-point half-time lead.