The Bengals had it all in front of them Sunday – they just couldn’t finish.
They allowed rookie third string QB T.J. Yates and the Houston Texans off the hook, as Yates led the Texans on a back breaking 80-yard drive in the final minutes to beat the Bengals 20-19.
Yates hit Kevin Walter—uncovered at the goal line—with two seconds left to set off a celebration on the Houston sideline and a comeback win after the team trailed 16-3 at halftime.
The Houston rookie QB ended the day 26-for-44 for 300 yards, was sacked five times, and ended with two TD passes and a pick.
The Texans D had issues with Bengals rookie Andy Dalton, as he hit Jerome Simpson down the middle for 17-yard touchdown to give the Bengals a 13-3 with about 3 minutes left in the first half.
Dalton went 16-for-28 for 189 yards, as he did his part to get the Bengals in a position to win, then the defense allowed Yates and company to work their magic to pull off the 20-19 victory.
Cincy’s defense had their hands on Yates all day, as they got to him for five sacks, but just couldn’t put the Texans away when they needed to most – at the end.
Yates scrambled 17 yards on third-and-15 to keep the drive going. A pass interference penalty on Adam “Pacman” Jones put the ball at the 6-yard line with 12 seconds left. After an incompletion, Walter lined up wide right, cut to the middle of the field and was uncovered at the goal line.
Only 41,202 fans—the second-smallest crowd in Paul Brown Stadium history— showed up to watch the Bengals turn themselves into a long shot for the playoffs. They’d lost three of their last four, including a 35-7 drubbing in Pittsburgh last week that essentially eliminated them from the AFC North race.
Now, they’re going to need help getting the final wild card berth. They will look to get back on track next Sunday as they head to St.Louis to take on the Rams.
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