Don’t fret — there was a lot to like about the second preseason game like Daxton Hill’s first quarter interception, Chris Evans’ 77-yard punt return, or Jake Browning’s fourth-quarter 83-yard TD drive outdone only by the Giants’ game-winning drive in the following two and a half minutes.
There were some surprises, too, like Evan McPherson’s 58-yard miss (and that ill-advised tackle), or Kwamie Lassiter’s egregious drop (we guarantee every man above the age of 30 was pointing at the TV and saying to no one in particular, “Even I could have caught that”).
Either of those could be considered game-changing plays, but we’re going to pick the second to last play (or lack thereof) by the Bengals that prevented McPherson from attempting a 60-yarder to tie the score.
With nine seconds left in the game, Cordell Volson was flagged for a late start penalty, moving the offense five yards back and out of field goal range. As the starting left guard for most of the game, Volson shined more than he struggled, and he can leave this game with his head held high.