Fitzpatrick went 29-of-44 for 261 yards with a touchdown set up by McNabb’s interception. He was under heavy pressure all game, forcing the Bengals to punt 11 times, tying their team record.
After Philadelphia’s David Akers tied it at 13 with 5:18 to go in regulation, both offenses went into a shell. The 64,633 fans knew that the Bengals, after managing only one field goal without McNabb’s assistance, would need a lot of breaks to pull it out.
Amazingly, they got them. Not surprisingly, they blew them.
Sav Rocca’s third shanked punt of the game set Cincinnati up at its 41. Sheldon Brown’s roughing-the-passer penalty gave the Bengals another huge break and set up Graham’s final kick, which sailed a few inches to the right of the upright.
Then, after McNabb’s long pass fell incomplete, reality set in.
Yes, this was a tie.
“I guess we’re aware if it now,” McNabb said.
Notes: Bengals WR Antonio Chatman injured his neck when he was tackled after a reception in the second quarter. He was taken off the field on a backboard as a precaution, but had full movement in his arms and legs. X-rays were negative. He was staying in a hospital overnight for observation. ... OL Andrew Whitworth severely sprained his right ankle during the third quarter and didn’t return. ... WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh matched his season high with 12 catches for 149 yards.
PFT: Jets RB Mike Goodson was charged with five gun and drug counts Friday morning, after New Jersey State Police found the car he was riding in parked in the middle of Route 80 in Denville, N.J.
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