In all seriousness though, dealing with a tie isn’t easy. This may be the easiest tie the Bengals have gotten to deal with though, because the correct response is to be frustrated. This team had a number of opportunities to put the game away, but they couldn’t actually pull it off.
An ugly hit
The entire Bengals’ fan base collectively cried out in outrage and frustration when Joe Burrow got hit high after throwing a pass by an Eagles’ defensive lineman. Burrow was slow to get up, and he had to sit out a play before returning right afterward to get sacked on the next play. It wasn’t a great series of events for Cincinnati, but at least everyone could share a sigh of relief as the franchise quarterback didn’t suffer a serious injury.
I guess both teams in that state are dirty.— Jess aka Mrs. Obvious (@JessEllisConley) September 27, 2020
Joe Burrow is down. A hit by Malik Jackson draws a personal foul. Burrow up walking on the sideline pic.twitter.com/HCm6Eg3AGU— Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) September 27, 2020
Kick that guy out— Willie Anderson (@BigWillie7179) September 27, 2020
Joe Burrow is back in. ❤️— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) September 27, 2020
Joe Burrow is back on the field. Bengals fan can breathe a sigh of relief #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) September 27, 2020
let finley take that if that's the protection you draw up— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) September 27, 2020
If the Bengals want to keep Burrow on the field, they need a better plan than this. https://t.co/azMnk2sbHe— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) September 27, 2020
Carl Lawson’s big day
Last week Cincinnati just couldn’t get any pressure against the Browns. This week Lawson and the other defensive linemen made it a point to correct that. He mostly took Sunday to give Jason Peters a real schooling.
Carl Lawson reminding the world how good he is today. pic.twitter.com/mA5abAd8VF— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) September 27, 2020
Carl Lawson and Sam Hubbard are just feasting on Jason Peters. Lawson gets the sack this time on third down. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) September 27, 2020
Bengals are eating Jason Peters up today. Lawson this time.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 27, 2020
Peters our there doing his best Cedric Ogbuehi impression— Mark Slaughter (@MarkVSlaughter) September 27, 2020
Carl Lawson came to play, beats Peters again and forces the fumble. pic.twitter.com/UgjVeqtrxA— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) September 27, 2020
Defense can’t keep the momentum
The Bengals had just scored a touchdown to put them ahead before halftime. However, the defense couldn’t help but ruin all of that by allowing the Eagles to score a touchdown before the half. Philadelphia was aided by a kickoff out of bounds, but they still gave up an easy touchdown in the final seconds. It doesn’t help that it came on an absolutely blown coverage that probably had no business being called.
Some sorta busted disguised Cover 2 there I think and every time Lou tries to get fancy with that it costs them man— Jake (@Jake_NFL) September 27, 2020
Randy gets flagged and a blown coverage lets up a TD. Man oh man.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) September 27, 2020
Eagles score a TD with 20 seconds left in the half. Yay. https://t.co/sPL3dFdBjp— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) September 27, 2020
The future is now
The Bengals really laid the foundation for their offense in the first two rounds of the 2020 NFL draft. It started with Burrow first overall, but they instantly paired him with Tee Higgins at wide receiver to hopefully be the duo that leads the Bengals back to playing meaningful football. On Sunday, we saw a glimpse of that future.
Tee Higgins gets his 2nd TD catch of the game! pic.twitter.com/CK7CQ36FWC— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) September 27, 2020
Tee Higgins gets his first career TD. #Bengals executing the LSU offense perfectly there. 10-6.— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) September 27, 2020
That's what I want to see for the next 10 years.— Bengals Hour (@BengalsHour) September 27, 2020
Tee Higgins catches his second TD of the day. I think he's keeping his starting spot #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) September 27, 2020
There was also this moment where the pair almost broke the internet with Burrow making a crazy move to keep the play alive. Unfortunately, the play was called back for illegal touching by Higgins after being pushed out of bounds on the play.
Burrow with a smile after that one. I bet. To keep looking down field after making that spin cycle move is insane.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 27, 2020
THAT'LL DO JOE-BOY!— Bengals UK (@WhoDey_UK) September 27, 2020
That's my QB right there.— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) September 27, 2020
Of course it ended this way
The Bengals and Eagles exit the game still winless. Get ready for the kissing your sister jokes, because Cincinnati and Philadelphia combine for the second time in their history of playing each other.
It is a pretty rough feeling watching a tie, which is something Bengals fans have experienced more in recent seasons than any other NFL fanbase. The overwhelming feeling was frustration, though. It makes sense given how each side sort of let it happen with their play calling in the final minutes. It was even more frustrating given the Bengals had every chance to win the game in regulation.
0-10-1 in one score games. That shit ain't a fluke.— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) September 27, 2020
What the hell! We didnt even TRY to win!?!@Bengals— Logi B 513 (@Logi513) September 27, 2020
This is the kind of stuff that will start the #FireZacTaylor hashtag.
We let time run off the clock at the end of the 1st. Then we concede to a tie in OT? #CINvsPHI pic.twitter.com/GBSKzrGsMl
One guy who really enjoyed the ending of the Bengals and eagles game. pic.twitter.com/Lr20HGMfJ0— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) September 27, 2020
Two 0-2 teams meet. Someone has to come away with their first win, right?— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 27, 2020
Bengals and Eagles fans right now: pic.twitter.com/94iG30MEtg
In the same game, the Bengals punted on a fourth and short in opponents’ territory, took a knee to end regulation and ran a draw to end overtime. pic.twitter.com/MlbMbCtfy6— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) September 27, 2020
Joe Burrow's done it! He's technically not played in his first NFL loss in true Bengals form.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) September 27, 2020
The Bengals and Eagles BOTH were just like, whatever, we'll accept a tie.— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) September 27, 2020
I don't even know what to say WHO DEY!!— BengalsCaptain (@BengalsCaptain) September 27, 2020
I am done with Zac Taylor, Lou Anarumo, Jim Turner and Duke Tobin. Send em all out of town.— Vance Meek (@vancemeek) September 27, 2020
The most fitting ending ever.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 27, 2020