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One of Joe Haden's finest
By nugent02 on Jan 07, 2014 03:45 AM
One of Joe Haden's finest days spoiled by Cleveland Browns' loss to Bengals
CINCINNATI, Ohio Joe Haden might have punched his ticket to Hawaii on Sunday.
But on an afternoon the Browns cornerback flashed Pro Bowl form, his team jeopardized a more meaningful trip.
Despite two Haden interceptions, including his first career touchdown return, the Browns playoff hopes were dealt a blow in a 41 20 defeat to the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Browns fell to 4 6 after a divisional showdown in which they led 13 0 largely due to Haden heroics. Super Bowl Rey Maualuga Jersey Green to a career low seven yards receiving on two catches.
It was arguably Haden finest outing, but it came in a losing effort. The Browns now trail two teams by a game for the final wildcard spot and lost ground to the division leading Bengals (7 4).
Earlier in the week, Haden said Sunday matchup represented the biggest game he play in since the 2009 BCS national championship with the University of Florida.
sucks, said Haden, bidding for his first playoff and Pro Bowl berths. deeply felt like we were doing a really good job and they weren't running the ball on us. They weren't passing the ball on us. But the next thing you know, you look up and they got 31 points. That was just real tough.
Special teams gaffes and two critical turnovers ignited a 31 point second quarter for the Bengals. Cincinnati went to the locker room with an 18 point lead while managing just three first downs and 108 yards total offense.
weren really doing anything (offensively) so we couldn change up what we were doing because what we were doing was working, Haden said. was just a whole lot of other things going on that are not really my position to say anything about. Haden does earn a Pro Bowl nod, his work against Green will have been a major factor.
He blanked the Bengals playmaker for a second time this season. The Pro Bower had seven catches for just 51 yards in the first meeting, www.officialauthenticbengals.com/58+Rey+Maualuga+Jersey+Cheap.html a Browns 17 6 win.
Green had more than 100 yards receiving in each of his last five games, but was a non factor Sunday. As in the first meeting, Haden hammered him with a hard hit early in the game.
But the highlight was Haden first career two interception day. The first one occurred with 4:02 left in the opening quarter as Green got knocked off his route by D Jackson and the ball sailed into the arms of Harden, who returned it 15 yards to the Cincinnati 14.
Two first quarter trips into the red zone produced just a pair of Billy Cundiff field goals. It took Haden second INT to get the Browns into the end zone. He stepped in front of Green and raced 29 yards for a touchdown to make it 13 0.
It was his first pick six at any level. He had joked Rey Maualuga Jersey Womens earlier in the season about having choreographed dance moves over the years to commemorate his first TD. But when the big moment arrived he simply celebrated with teammates and took the ball to the sidelines. (He tossed the ball from his first pick to a Browns fan wearing a jersey, he said.)
always thought it was going to be different than that, Haden said. always thought I was going to be so excited, go crazy in the end zone. It just a big play in a big game and I was just trying to help our team win. It felt good, but I wanted to go back out there It was Rey Maualuga Jersey Youth all about the win. I wanted to do whatever we had to do to win. being victimized by Haden twice, Dalton targeted Green just two more times, five in total. It was the receiver poorest day since Pittsburgh limited him to one catch for eight yards a season ago.