Since the Cincinnati Bengals signed long snapper Clark Harris 14 years ago, he has never had an unplayable snap.
Then in Sunday’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harris had to leave the game with a biceps injury. And in the last 3 seconds of the game, the Bengals only needed to make an extra point to win the game.
If Harris were healthy, the Bengals would have had two chances at a game-winning field goal. Instead, the Steelers beat the Bengals, 23-20, when Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made a 53-yard field goal at the end of overtime.
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Since Harris couldn’t snap the ball, third-string tight end Mitchell Wilcox had to fill a role unfamiliar to him. Following a blooper of a snap, kicker Evan McPherson had what would have been the go-ahead extra point blocked. In overtime, following a high snap, McPherson missed a 29-yard field goal that would have won the game. 
The two snaps wasted two potential game-winning drives by Joe Burrow. If it weren’t for the special teams miscues, Burrow would have started 2022 with another game to add to his legend.
Burrow got the ball with 1:25 left in regulation, down six points and no timeouts remaining. He got the TD on the Bengals’ final play of regulation, finding Ja’Marr Chase on the right sideline for a game-tying touchdown.
But the Bengals didn’t make the extra point.
In overtime, Burrow led a 64-yard drive to set up another game-winning field goal with perfect passes to Hayden Hurst and Samaje Perine. McPherson missed again following a high snap by Wilcox. 
The Bengals entered the game as favorites in the AFC North, and their slow start by the offense was the reason it was still a close game at the end.
Burrow faced a 14-point second-quarter deficit, a Steelers scheme he was struggling to figure out and a defensive line that the Bengals couldn’t block.
Early on, Burrow was trying to do too much. On his first pass of the season, Burrow had four open receivers, but with pressure in his face from the left side of the pocket, he tried to step up and force a pass to Tyler Boyd, who was double covered. Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick jumped the route for a pick-six that gave Pittsburgh a 7-0 lead.
On the next drive, the Bengals had third down in Steelers territory, but Bengals left tackle Jonah Williams allowed pressure on a drive-ending sack against Burrow. One series later, Steelers edge rusher Alex Highsmith beat Williams again for a strip sack fumble and another Bengals turnover.  
Burrow threw two more interceptions in the second quarter. On one of them, he felt pressure and threw the ball right to Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt. Then Burrow forced a throw to Boyd, who had three defenders around him, and was picked off again.
Burrow played his worst half with the Bengals. The only offense that worked in the first half was quick passes to Chase and a few first-down runs by Joe Mixon, and Cincinnati trailed 17-6 at halftime.
The Bengals made it 17-14 in the third quarter following a touchdown throw at the goal line from Burrow to Boyd, and then they tied it in the fourth quarter. But the turnovers and missed field goals were too much for Cincinnati to overcome.


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