The Cincinnati Bengals are currently in first-place in the AFC North division, but through nine games this year, it’s been a painful path in getting to this point. After losing the team’s best defensive back in Leon Hall during a Week 7 win over the Detroit Lions, the next game saw the Bengals lose two more starters (Rey Maulauga and Andrew Whitworth) for at least one game, as well as Taylor Mays for the entire season during the team’s 49-9 romp of the New York Jets.
But the most pain physically and mentally was felt Thursday night as the team lost it’s best player overall in Geno Atkins, as well as the game itself in heart-breaking and historical fashion. According to Len Pasquarelli of the National Football Post, the overtime safety that ultimately decided Thursday night’s game was the first that directly led to points on a quarterback sack.
In case anyone is wondering, the overtime sack Cameron Wake had on Thursday night to win the game over Cincinnati, 22-20, was the third game-ending safety in NFL history, but really the first time one occurred on which a quarterback was actually sacked for the two points.