Cowboys vs. Bengals 2012: Cincy misses golden chance

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals had a chance to gain major ground in the playoff race, but couldn't stop Dallas' comeback bid.

The Bengals had a fantastic opportunity Sunday. With both Pittsburgh and Baltimore losing, Cincinnati had a chance to gain serious ground in the AFC North. Cincinnati also held a nine-point lead on the Dallas Cowboys with under seven minutes to play, but a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant and a 40-yard field goal by Dan Bailey as time expired sent Cincinnati to a loss.

As Cincy Jungle stated, it was a day of missed opportunities:

The Bengals offense hasn't played well in recent weeks, including Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. An Andy Dalton interception led to a Cowboys touchdown, several poor passes and wide receiver drops prematurely ended possessions, penalties wiped out productive plays, all featured during Cincinnati's fourth-quarter collapse, losing the game 20-19 in front of a Paul Brown Stadium crowd packed with Cowboys fans.

Aside from an early touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Andrew Hawkins the Bengals could only manage four field goals. Several of those field goals came as the result of missed chances to keep drives alive. A..J. Green dropped what was an almost sure touchdown pass before a Josh Brown 25-yard field goal. As a unit the Bengals gained 336 yards, but only managed the one touchdown.

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