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Champ Bailey Interception Concludes Expected Collapse By The Bengals Offense

Well that was quick.

After the Cincinnati Bengals took a 20-17 lead, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos go on a five-play drive for 80 yards, retaking the lead, 24-20. Now the Bengals must respond. Cincinnati's offense takes the field after Brandon Tate's 28-yard return to their own 27-yard line.

The drive opens with three consecutive BenJarvus Green-Ellis runs for 11 yards, capped with a converted third down run of two yards.

Though it appears that the Bengals took a big-step backwards on an Andrew Whitworth hold, Andy Dalton launches the football down the field for a wide open A.J. Green down the right sidelines. During the route cornerback Champ Bailey was called for defensive holding, giving Cincinnati a new set of downs, wiping out Whitworth's penalty and pushing the Bengals to their own 33-yard line with over nine minutes remaining.

Yet when a team like the Bengals collapse, they collapse with attitude.

Whitworth was called for a false start, making it third and 15 from their own 28-yard line; a situation Cincinnati rarely recovers from.

Dalton takes the shotgun snap, feels the pressure, sticks in the pocket and converts the third down with a huge 19-yard completion to A.J. Green.

Flag. Jeff Faine. Offensive holding.

Third and 25.

Dalton takes the shotgun snap and makes the horrible decision to throw it up to A.J. Green. Champ Bailey, among three defenders, waits for the declining football and intercepts the pass; Dalton's 11th of the season and eighth straight game with at least one.