NJ — EAST RUTHERFORD In a nail-biting 25-22 preseason loss, the Bengals combined a tenacious effort from their backup defenders and tireless special teams players with a crucial touchdown drive by quarterback Jake Browning.

However, it still wasn't enough to hold off the Giants.

With 35 seconds left, New York successfully converted a fourth-and-one, and quarterback Davis Webb found wide receiver Alex Bachman in the middle of the field where Bachman slid off rookie cornerback Delonte Hood's botched tackle to catch a 15-yard touchdown throw.

Clay Johnston of the Bengals, who was vying for the fifth and last linebacker place, exemplified the efforts of the backups to secure positions with a colossal 20 tackle performance that featured the only sack of the game for Cincinnati.

With nine seconds left at the Giants 43, rookie left guard Cordell Volson was penalised for a false start on the grounds of miscommunication. 

The game was over when quarterback Jake Browning's short ball to wide receiver Trenton Irwin was intercepted and lost on linebacker Tomon Fox's hit.

According to Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, offensive lineman Lamont Galliard's calf problem and Khalid Kareem's hamstring injury kept the Bengals from winning their penultimate preseason game.

Prior to the Bengals' drive when they trailed the game 18-16 with 8:53 remaining, they had only succeeded on one out of ten third-down attempts.

Prior to the Bengals' drive when they trailed the game 18-16 with 8:53 remaining, they had only succeeded on one out of ten third-down attempts.

To maintain the winning drive, however, rookie wide receiver Kendric Pryor made two ferocious third-down catches from Browning, the No. 3 quarterback, and the heavily scrutinised left side of the offensive line took care of the rest.