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Power Play of the Week: Bengals Missed Extra Point

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Each week we'll be looking at the "Power Play" of the week, which is a play in the most recent game that had a significant impact on the game. Last week in the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cincinnati Bengals, the power play oddly enough was when kicker Mike Nugent missed an extra point that lead to a tie football game instead of the Bengals going up 14-13.

Why was that play so significant?

Late in the football game after getting great field position thanks to a shanked Matt Turk punt, the Bengals were down 20-16. A fourth and 6 arose on the drive and the Bengals had to go for it. If Nugent makes the extra point in the first half, it's highly unlikely the Bengals go for it on fourth down and instead kick a field goal to tie the game 20-20. Then the game either goes to overtime, or the Jaguars are trying to get down the field to kick a game winning field goal, rather than scrambling for a game tying field goal.