If the NFL stored a file for such issues, the Bengals-Eagles sport on Sunday might need earned the moniker for “Worst All-time Ending to a Soccer Recreation.”
That is as a result of each Cincinnati and Philadelphia determined to stop in extra time (versus, you understand, making an attempt to win the sport). They as an alternative settled for a pathetic 23-23 tie, with the Eagles punting as an alternative of trying an extended discipline aim with 19 seconds remaining and the Bengals merely operating to finish contest.
Let’s begin with Philadelphia, which had the ball on the Bengals’ 41-yard line and seemed to aim a 58-yard, game-winning discipline aim. However the Eagles dedicated a false begin penalty, transferring again 5 yards for a 63-yarder — no downside, proper? Eagles kicker Jake Elliott has a profession lengthy of 61 yards, so it wasn’t exterior the realm of chance he might lengthen it by 2 yards.
However Philadelphia elected as an alternative to punt the ball. It sailed 40 yards and landed on the 11. One play later, Bengals operating again Joe Mixon ran up the intestine for 9 yards. So ended an extra time that featured six punts however not a single level.
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Eagles coach Doug Pederson defined after the sport that he did not wish to threat giving Cincinnati and quarterback Joe Burrow the ball close to midfield if Elliott’s kick missed. Burrow to that time accomplished 31 of 44 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns, however just one over 20 yards.
Quarterback Carson Wentz (29 of 47, 225 yards, one landing, two interceptions) backed up his coach’s questionable resolution after the sport:
“I perceive the choice,” Wentz mentioned. “I don’t assume I’ve ever been in a tie earlier than. Ties aren’t enjoyable. Now we have to smarter and cleaner. I’ve received to be higher.”
Cincinnati’s resolution to finish the sport on a fruitless run is not significantly better, however no less than comprehensible contemplating the small probability the play would end in a rating. Even so, why not give your receivers an opportunity to stand up discipline and air it out? Worst-case state of affairs, you are sacked inside the tip zone or throw a pick-six; greatest case, you rating or no less than get a defensive cross interference to provide you yet one more shot at a rating. However Cincy eliminated any probability of profitable with the kneeldown.
Neither the Eagles nor the Bengals suffered a loss — and but each groups ended up losers.