Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Cincinnati Bengals coming into Saturday had lost four games by five points or less.
Christmas eve’s prime time game against the Houston Texans would be no different as they fell 12-10.
Trailing by two points with 3:46 left in the game, Houston native Andy Dalton lead his Bengals downfield, pulling them into field goal range.
With five seconds left former Texans kicker, Randy Bullock lined up for a 43-yard game-winning kick, but he would miss the field goal wide right.
“I couldn’t watch it,” wide receiver Brandon LaFell said recalling the final seconds game. “I felt like it was too good to be true.”
Right before the Bengals drove down the field for the field goal, Dalton had turned the ball over, and the defense immediately forced the Texans into a three and out.
It was set up for a storybook moment, Bullock who had been cut by the Texans in 2015, had a chance to nail the game winner in Houston in front of the same coaching staff and front office that had let him go.
But much like his career in Houston, Bullock just was not able to nail the big kick.
“There was no extra emotion,” Randy Bullock said. “My preparation didn’t change, my warm-up, my routine, nothing changed, it was another game.”
While it was a defensive struggle for most of the game and the Texans were able to eek out a win, the Bengals thought they had done enough to walk away victorious.
“Yeah of course,” Adam (Pacman) Jones said when asked if the Bengals should have beat the Texans. “We just missed the kick from 30-yards, and we’ll end the discussion there brah.”