As the 41-yard field goal was announced successful, the Cincinnati Bengals left the field knowing they had blown opportunities. In fact, the 20-19 final probably had many recalling bad memories of the Texans win last year in the closing seconds.
Dropped passes, penalties (questionable on occasion) at the worst times, and overall poor play when it counted the most caused the Bengals to fall to 7-6, ending their four-game winning streak.
Andy Dalton managed 206 yards and a touchdown on 20/33 attempts, but also had a pass intercepted, and was sacked several times. Andrew Hawkins was on the receiving end of the Bengals’ only touchdown play, but was also the receiver being targeted on two consecutive failed third-down plays in the second half.
The first half appeared to call for a game that would come to the wire, with both teams playing very solid football on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
The Cincinnati defense was repeatedly in the Dallas backfield, and Tony Romo was finding a hard time making plays in the secondary. However, a few miscues in the second half led to a decent day for the stats, as Romo went 25/43 for 268 yards and a touchdown.
There were just two things that stood out from a Bengals stand-point. Marvin Jones finally got his chance to show off some of the talent that impressed the Cincinnati coaching staff at the beginning of the season. He picked up 37 yards on an end-around run that led to a touchdown on the Bengals’ first drive. He also caught a first-down throw on third-and-twelve.