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In honor of the Cavs blowing it, what was the Bengals’ biggest blunder ever?

After watching one of the biggest mistakes of all time committed by J.R. Smith of the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, it seems like a good time to look back at some of the greatest Bengal blunders of all time.

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Last night, the Cavaliers and Warriors were tied at 107 with George Hill set to make one last free throw attempt with three seconds left. He missed the shot, but J.R. Smith managed to get the rebound.

However, instead of putting up a shot, he just ran the clock out. The game went to overtime where the Warriors eventually pulled away. Smith had no idea the game was tied.

It was by far one of the biggest blunders in sporting history, but then again, there are plenty of mistakes to pull from in the history of sports. In fact, the Bengals have quite a few themselves.

In honor of Smith’s mistake, we’re taking a look at some of the biggest blunders in Bengals history. And, you can vote for the one you think was the worst below!

Sorry for any bad feelings this may bring you.

The Tip

The Bengals started the 2009 season off in horrific fashion. They were involved in a real barn burner against the Broncos that didn’t see the Bengals score until there was under a minute left in the game.

This was the season field goals were never a sure thing due to the poor long snapping. However, Cincinnati led 7-6, and it seemed all but over with the Broncos inside their own 20-yard line.

That is when Kyle Orton tossed up a prayer to a lesser known Brandon Marshall. The ball was batted away, but it landed right into the hands of Brandon Stokley who had his defender help break up the pass. This left him with nothing but space in front of him.

The Wrong side of greatness

The Bengals have played in a Super Bowl before. It may be before a lot of times, but back in Super Bowl XXIII the Bengals were beating the 49ers 16-13, and they had just pinned San Francisco on their own eight-yard line with 3:10 left.

The only problem was the Football Gods chose this moment for one of Joe Montana’s greatest moments. They methodically moved the ball down the field and scored a touchdown on a John Taylor touchdown catch.

The 2015 Wild Card game (The Fumble or the Meltdowns)

This one is probably the freshest in most fans minds. The Bengals looked like they were about to finally win a playoff game. They were leading the Steelers 16-15 set to score again after a Vontaze Burfict interception.

However, Jeremy Hill inexplicably fumbled the ball back when he really should have just been running out the clock. After a few plays the Steelers were set up in field goal range after a pair of personal fouls. The first was an unnecessary roughness by Vontaze Burfict on Antonio Brown, and then one on Adam Jones for coming into contact with a ref because Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was for some reason getting in Bengals players’ faces on the field.

It cost the Bengals what could have been their first playoff win since 1991.

What was worse though? The fumble by Hill or the boneheaded plays by Burfict and Jones?


What is the biggest Bengal blunder?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    The Tip
    (12 votes)
  • 17%
    Allowing a 98-yard drive to lose Super Bowl XXIII
    (149 votes)
  • 46%
    Jeremy Hill’s fumble in the 2015 Wild Card game
    (408 votes)
  • 28%
    Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones’ penalties in the 2015 Wild Card game
    (246 votes)
  • 6%
    (57 votes)
872 votes total Vote Now