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When the most exciting play of a game is the extra point, you know you’re watching a stinker. Thursday night’s preseason game between the Bengals and Patriots was just that, and it was painful to watch. New England wasn’t able to muster much on the offensive side of the ball, and was unable to cross the goal line all night long, falling to the Bengals, who stunk just a little less than the Pats did, by a slim 7-6 score.
The game marked the return of Tom Brady to Gillette Stadium for the first time since the opener of the 2008 regular season, when just 7 minutes into the game, Kansas City’s Bernard Pollard put a quick end to Brady’s year, sidelining #12 with a season-ending knee injury. Pats fans welcomed Brady with a standing ovation as he took the field for New England’s first drive of the game. Brady, who saw action for the Pats’ two opening series, finished the game going 4-for-8 for 57 yards through the air.
The New England offense was limited to just two Stephen Gostkowski field goals, of 32 and 41 yards in length. On the other side of the ball, Cincinnati mounted their only scoring drive of the game in the second quarter, when quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan connected with receiver Chris Henry on a 24-yard touchdown strike, which would set up what would turn out to be the game-winning point-after kick. Arguably the biggest play of the game, with starting place kicker Shayne Graham out with a strained groin, wide receiver and professional annoyance Chad Ochocinco stepped up and delivered the point-after kick, splitting the uprights, and giving Cincinnati the seven points needed to hold onto the victory.
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