Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


I'll be damned...the Bengals won in OT

Bengals 34 Jaguars 31 (OT)

I’ll be damned. They won. 34-31 OT.
The Bengals went on the road, rallied from a TD deficit three times……overcome 3rd quarter disaster…..took a lead with 2:28 left in regulation….got forced to OT by a game tying 40-FG w/ :30 left….and then won on a McPherson 38 yard FG with 1:45 left in overtime.

That's a pretty ballsy win.

The Bengals snap a three game skid and move to 6-6 on the season, one game back of the Indianapolis Colts for the final playoff spot. The Colts come to Paycor on Sunday.

Jake Browning dazzled: 32-37-354 yards, TD pass, TD run. QB rating 115.5. He marched them 12 plays in OT for the game-winning FG. He started 10 of 10 and was 17-19-167 in 1st half. Dan Hoard in 1st half: “Is this Jake Burrow or Jake Browning?”Nice 25-yard throw on the run to Irwin. He had a 21 run scamper on 3rd & 1 with 4:00 left. He did take a 4th & 3 sack on the opening drive at the Jax 43.

End of regulation: Tied 28-28, Evan McPherson booted a 54-yard FG with 2:28 left in the game to give the Bengals a 31-28 lead. But Jaguars backup QB C.J. Beathard, on for an injured Trevor Lawrence, engineered a 9 play/54 yard drive for a game-tying 40-yard FG with :30 left in regulation to force overtime.

OT: The Bengals defense forced a Jacksonville punt. Then, Browning hit Ja’Marr Chase for a juggling 17 yard catch to near midfield. Tee Higgins had a sweet/huge 3rd & 10 sideline catch in OT. McPherson booted the winner with 1:45 remaining. The drive was 12 plays/42 yards in 3:17.

Down and out: Lawrence was sacked by Trey Hendrickson and injured with 5:25 left in the game. He threw his helmet in frustration and was carted off the field.

Yards: 491……335 passing, 156 rushing.
233 1st half vs Jaguars …….222 for game vs Steelers

Circle the sequence: The Bengals went from leading 21-14 to trailing 28-21 in a 2:20 span in the 3rd quarter. Dax Hill had a back of the end zone softball/INT go through his hands for a Parker Washington TD. On the very next offensive play, Tyler Boyd threw an inexplicable INT on a double pass gadget play. Bad play call with a red-hot QB. Awful decision by a veteran WR. Jacksonville scored four plays later.

Run game: 31 rushes for 156 yards……14-67 1st half
Joe Mixon: 19-68 (3.6), 2 rush TD. 18 yard run. 6 catches/49 yards, 28 yard screen
Chase Brown: 9-61….5-29 1st QT. Runs of 8, 15 and 31 (longest by Bengal this season).

Ja’Marr Chase: 11 catches on 12 targets for 149 yards, including a 76 yard TD catch/run. He had 5 catches in the 1st QT.

Heeeeee’s back: Tee Higgins returned with 3 catches for 36 yards.

Clutch: Trailing 28-21, the Bengals started at the Jaguars 48 with 14:42 left in the game. Facing 3rd & 3 at Jaguars 10, Chase dropped a 1st down pass. Browning went right back to Chase 4th & 3 for the conversion. Browning then kept for a 1-yard TD to tie the game.

Mixed bag: Zac Taylor was creative and mixed things up….under center, bootleg, OL Cody Ford split out, Chase lined up in the backfield, Chase threw a pass to Browning, Boyd threw an INT.

Scoring drives:
8 play/92 yard TD drive. Browning 4-5-80 ...w/ 3 completions of 17+ yards (Irwin-Hudson-Chase). 5 first downs. Mixon TD… 7-7.
12 play/75 yard TD drive. Mixon TD run…..14-14.
3 play/84 yard TD drive. Chase 76 yard 3rd & 2 TD catch….21-14 Bengals
9 plays/48 yards. Browning TD keeper….28-28
7 plays/26 yards. McPherson 54-yard FG….31-28

Forced punt on opening drive of OT.
Opening drive: 7 plays/51 yards…TD .
Sacks: Hubbard, Ossai, Battle, Hendrickson

Explosive plays: Christian Kirk 26-yard catch on 1st snap for Jaguars (injured). Calvin Ridley 21 yard catch. Evan Engram 21 yard catch, 22-yard TD. Zay Jones 23-yard catch. 65 plays of 20+ yards, most in the NFL.

Flag on the play:
3rd & 6 Hendrickson neutral zone infraction led to 3rd & 1 conversion….ended w/ TD.
3rd & 12 Awuzie neutral zone infraction led to 3rd & 7 conversion...ended w/ TD.

Special Teams
Trayveon Williams 41 yard KR wiped out by a Joe Bachi hold
Evan McPherson: 54-yard game tying FG with 2:28 left. 48-yard game-winner in OT. Missed 57-yarder when he hit the crossbar and it bounced back.
Brad Robbins 1-33

The Bengals answered TD deficits of 7-0, 14-7 and 28-21. They led 21-14 and 31-28.
Bengals break nine game losing streak on MNF….and 15 games skid on the road in primetime.
A Jacksonville attendant came on the field and cost the Jaguars a timeout with 7:30 left in the game. Never seen that. Never knew that.

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