Posted: 11:35 p.m.
The Broncos gained 18 seconds after the Bengals scored their go-ahead touchdown in the last minute Sunday, which turned out to be the difference in a game Denver scored the winning touchdown with 11 seconds left.
There were originally 20 seconds on the clock when Bengals running back Cedric Benson scored from one yard out and Shayne Graham kicked the extra point to make it 7-6. But the confusion came from the play before, when wide receiver Andre Caldwell was stopped on the one-yard-line and the officials went to the replay booth to make sure he didn't score.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis didn't appear to have a problem with the explanation.
"They said that replay didn't stop it and that they were stopping it for my timeout as opposed to stopping it for replay," Lewis said. "Initially they said replay would stop it, but since they didn't change the challenge on replay, they had to come back to me calling timeout, which turned out to be irrelevant."
Denver head coach Josh McDaniels was ready to call his last timeout.
"It was an odd situation. They had called a timeout. Then the upstairs decided to review whether he scored or not," McDaniels said. "When they came back out and said he didn't score, they didn't tell me they were going to wind the clock. They made the decision to give them their timeout back and then start the clock. I was watching the clock and it never started. So I didn't call our timeout, but I would have. Ultimately, what ended up happening because it was a replay challenge, they put the time back on the clock and then charged them with a timeout. They did a good job of trying to iron it out and make sure that they got it right."
OCHO'S DAY:ChadOchocinco had a landmark day. He had five catches for 89 yards, including a long of 34 after a catch-and-run. Both numbers were better than anything he did last year, when it was 79 yards and a long of 26, respectively, both against the Colts.
He also had two big penalties. His holding call on running back Cedric Benson's 14-yarder came right after his own 22-yard catch and would have put the ball on the Denver 33 on the first series. Then on the last play of the third quarter Ochocinco was called for pushing off on cornerback Champ Bailey and it eliminated his 23-yard catch, which would have bailed the Bengals out of their own 15. Like the first series, it ended in a punt.
Ochocinco also made two catches for 25 yards in the scoring drive.
But he was upbeat after it was over, insisting he wasn't frustrated.
"You guys are looking at the negative; I'm looking at the positive," The Ocho said. "We went up and down the field at will. We just have to put it together.
"We drove down the field. We just had mishap after mishap. We just have to keep trying to put it together and it will be like clockwork."