“Cincinnati will always be my first love”

On Wednesday night, Green only remembered those who had won games. So, yes, he remembers climbing the Green Dalton-era mountain, his 25-yard touchdown catch of AJ McCarron 1:50 left to keep them ahead in the surreal fog of the 2015 Wild Card to get the Steelers. But they did not hold the lead in this case. So he leaves it in the fog.

“Yes. Bank, ”said Green.

In Pittsburgh, if there’s one game on the field to remember Green, this is it.

“Bank,” Green said of the route. “We scored the field goal.”

It got them to the playoffs and knocked out Pittsburgh. Bank. Reggie Nelson picked Big Ben up at the Steelers 46 with 14 seconds remaining, and it took Dalton about a dozen yards to get within field goal range.

Green had dented Pittsburgh’s top defenses over 95 yards and everyone at the confluence of the Three Rivers knew where they were going. Bank. Still, Green put his foot in the ground and, as he always seemed to do, made the lines disappear. Dalton threw a 21-meter rope and Green was clear enough to catch it and go into the Bengals Bank and freeze the clock to eight seconds.

“There was the game in Seattle. Games in Baltimore. Big wins,” said Green, who laughed when he said the happiest man in America was Ravens head coach John Harbaugh now that he’s out of the league.

There weren’t many banking routes for him in the Bengals’ new scheme. He spoke at length at the end of the season about how the system of sophomore coach Zac Taylor differed from the game book he had throughout his career. How they didn’t move him out of the X point much and gave him lots of sloping routes.

Green showed a hint of frustration, but never enough to harm the club. He made sure of that even though he had poor career catches (47) and yards (523). In the year he was injured, 2018, he had that many yards in the seventh game.

“It helped me grow as a person last year. I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Green. “The boys in the reception room, I love them to death.”

If they weren’t injured, Green might have seen slot man Tyler Boyd and rookie starter Tee Higgins both hit 1,000 yards, which he did six times.

Higgins is one of those who found out that a guy he followed as a kid was worthy of his fans.

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