Up 34-13 and facing a 4th-and-5 from the Eagles’ six-yard line with about four minutes to play, Cincinnati opted not to kick a field goal and instead dialed up a passing play. Andy Dalton‘s toss intended for Jermaine Gresham fell incomplete.
“We were really pissed off about that,” said Nnamdi Asomugha. “To go for it on fourth down and throw the ball…We were jawing back and forth, our players with their players. We were wondering where that came from with the game being over like that.”
The Bengals threw one more pass in the game to convert on third down before Dalton took a knee to run out the clock.
Asomugha added that he noticed similar behavior out of the Bengals in another game while studying film this week.
Andy Reid was asked about the sequence at his day-after press conference Friday.
“I figured [Marvin Lewis] wasn’t going to kick the ball. I figured he was going to do something safe and at the same time not allow us to have an interception or a fumble there ,” said Reid. “I thought it was a safe play for them, that’s the way I looked at it.”
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