Bengals save best for last in OT win

BY foxsports • October 5, 2009

Marvin Lewis wanted to play it safe. The Cincinnati Bengals wanted more.

"We came here to play for a win," Carson Palmer said. "Nothing else."

These Bengals have lost long enough.

After Palmer and his teammates convinced their coach to gamble on fourth-and-11 with just over one minute left, Palmer scrambled for 15 yards to set up Shayne Graham's 31-yard field goal on the final play of overtime, giving Cincinnati a 23-20 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

The last-minute Bengals (3-1), whose four games have all gone down to the wire, faced a fourth-and 11 at Cleveland's 41 with 1:04 left. Lewis was content to play for the tie, but when the Browns called a timeout, it gave the Bengals a chance to lobby their coach.

They made a persuasive argument.

share story