The Goal Line Stand
Speaking of the goal line stand, how huge was it to see that defense stop the Patriots on 3 straight plays from the 1 yard line? After taking what seemed to be an insurmountable 13-3 lead with 9:21 to go, the defense allowed the Patriots to go 75 yards, down to the Bengals 1 yard line in approximately 1 minute (30% of the Patriots offense for the entire day).
There was a collective “here we go again” at PBS. But then the defense did what they have done so many times in this young season and they pulled off one of the most memorable goal line stands in franchise history.
Rarely do the Bengals seem to get things to go their way. Sunday, the weather went their way. With 1:48 left and the Patriots needing to go 65 yards with 1 TO for a game tying TD, the skies opened up like I have never seen (at least in person) at a football game. It was as if Mike Brown himself turned the faucet on, making it nearly impossible for the Patriots to pass. If not for Crocker jumping off sides on 4th down and a friendly roughing the passer call (that only Tom Brady gets), the game would have likely ended sooner.
And then, as if scripted, the rain stopped just as quickly as it started…only to be replaced by the collective tears of thousands of Patriots fans, 90% of which were local bandwagon fans pretending to have some tie/connection to Bean Town.
Adam Jones INT
It sealed the game, so it was huge from that standpoint, but weather aside, what an amazing juggling interception. Add in the fact that it was done in the torrential downpour, and it becomes that much more impressive.