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Late in the second quarter of the Bengals’ game against the Steelers on Monday night, Andy Dalton dropped back to pass and fired a deep ball down the left sideline toward receiver A.J. Green. The throw seemed on target before apparently changing direction and falling incomplete, and although we can’t be sure exactly what happened to make the ball change course, it seems as if it deflected off a television wire. Watch how it abruptly changes direction shortly before tumbling down in front of Green.

What else could that be but a TV wire, right?

We’re not alone in this theory. Numerous fans watching on TV noticed the ball’s bizarre path and speculated that it had hit a wire.

If Dalton’s pass did indeed hit the Skycam wire, it would not be the first time we’ve seen something like that happen. In 2015, a University of Utah punt collided with a wire, resulting in a replay of the down, and a year ago this week a Derek Carr pass appeared to connect with a wire, potentially costing the Raiders a touchdown. Such plays haven’t happened enough to be any sort crisis, but it does seem that ESPN and other networks might want to be more careful about where their wires wind up.

In the Bengals’ case, not only was Dalton’s pass incomplete, but Green was charged with a 15-yard face mask penalty, sending Cincinnati in the opposite direction. However, as Dalton found Green two plays later for a 47-yard completion and the Bengals wound up scoring a touchdown on the drive, making the whole did-the-pass-hit-the-wire question moot.

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  • Chris Charles

    It was a gust of wind. Listen to the parabolic sideline mic. You can hear the wind gust come up. Also, look at the poncho on the guy behind the parabolic mic and the photographer at the 30 yard line. The wind is blowing hard.

  • CreightonRabs

    This entire discussion is moot because the Bengals reverted back to being the Bungles and choked away a 17-0 lead to lose to the Steelers 23-20. Nice try, though…

  • Carter_Burger67

    I’m waiting for a punt or something to take one of those cameras out. they are just creepy flying around you

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  • Brent Raines

    I was at the game and it was absolutely a huge, sudden gust of wind. Weather had been pretty good up to that point, so it kinda came out of nowhere. It was weird though.