Bengals vs. Cardinals: From the End Zone

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Nov 22, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) is unable to catch a pass against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals won 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday Night Football featured a Bengals-Cardinals matchup that was easily one of the top 10 games of the 2015 NFL season. Our own Connor Howe was sitting in the end zone; here’s what he has to say about the game.

It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.

Sunday’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals would have easily been the most exciting Bengals game of the season, if it weren’t Cincinnati’s Week 5 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks in which the Bengals overcame a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to pull off a stunning 27-24 victory. Even though the Bengals lost, Sunday night’s matchup was an incredibly exciting matchup–last week, we dubbed it as the best quarterback matchup of the 2015 season, and it proved to be just that.

Fans in attendance at University of Phoenix Stadium endured the worst quarter of Bengals football of the season but were conversely able to experience a somewhat dominant first half, a 14-point Bengals comeback and highlight reel plays by both teams throughout Sunday night’s action.

In this article, we will cover the game summary, talk about the environment within University of Phoenix Stadium, present some analysis in regards to the game’s ending and speculate on what to expect for the Bengals moving forward this season.

While this game was exciting, it was also thought-provoking. Bengals fans questioned the coaches’ decisions, chastised officials and showed frustrations with players throughout the night. Fans saw the Bengals at their best, coming back from a decisive deficit after a heartbreaking turnover, but they also saw Cincinnati at its worst, giving up 21 unanswered points in the third quarter.

There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get right into it, starting off with the game summary from Sunday night.

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