Late penalty costs Bengals a chance at overtime against Saints

By Dan Parzych

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The Cincinnati Bengals seem to find a new way to lose each week and against the New Orleans Saints, it was the same story.

With a three-point lead, the Bengals found themselves in a position to take the defending Super Bowl Champions into overtime. New Orleans lined up on a 4th and 2 from the Cincinnati 7 instead of just kicking the field goal to tie the game at 30-30.

Instead, the Saints managed to draw the Bengals offsides and Drew Brees found Marques Colston on a three-yard touchdown pass the very next play to take a 34-30 lead with 31 seconds left. With only one timeout remaining, Cincinnati’s hopes of at least taking the game into overtime were crushed thanks to a costly penalty.

One play made the difference in the outcome of this ball game. If Pat Sims avoided the offsides penalty, the Bengals could have at least taken the Saints into overtime. And after scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter, Cincy seemed like they would make a good run to pick up their third win of the season.

Instead, their losing streak continues into the month of December. Cincinnati has now lost nine-straight and hasn’t won since Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for,  where he writes and edits NFL content for

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