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    CINCINNATI -- When the Bengals need a big play, they crumble. Wholesale Youth Raptors Jerseys .Thats been their offenses theme all season, and its left them in tenuous position for a sixth straight playoff berth.The fourth quarter has been their undoing.The Bengals (3-5-1) had another late meltdown on Monday night, falling to the New York Giants 21-20 .They entered the fourth quarter with a lead and wasted chances to put the game away, something thats happened repeatedly during their season.Youve got to be at your best in the fourth quarter, and we havent put it together, Andy Dalton said on Wednesday. Weve been close.Its been the most puzzling part of an offense that piles up the yards but not the points, especially when it matters most.Dalton ranks 21st in fourth-quarter passer rating at 85.2. Hes thrown only three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, all of them when the opponents went soft on defense while finishing off a game with a lead. One came in Pittsburgh, the other two in Dallas.Cincinnati has scored 40 points in the fourth quarter -- its fewest in any quarter -- and has been held to three points or fewer in six of its nine games.Against the Giants, the Bengals had the ball five times after pulling ahead 20-14 midway through the third quarter and managed only 47 yards and three first downs -- one by penalty -- the rest of the way.The reality is weve been in games at the end and just havent been able to find plays, left tackle Andrew Whitworth said.I think it can go one of two ways: You start to develop into a team that doesnt seem to find an answer, or you can turn it around and make it swing in the other direction.Theres not much time left to get it figured out. The defending AFC North champions trail Baltimore (5-4) and Pittsburgh (4-5) heading into the final stretch of the season.Theyve got two games with Baltimore and they host the Steelers, so theres still a chance to catch up, but only if they figure out how to do a better job of protecting Dalton.He was sacked twice on the final series, when the Bengals line got overwhelmed . Dalton has been sacked 28 times, third-most in the NFL behind Indianapolis and Cleveland quarterbacks. The Bengals are on pace to allow 50 sacks for only the seventh time in franchise history.The Bengals are one of the healthiest teams in the league, so thats not been a factor in the diminished pass protection.Its hard to say whats the big difference for this team, Dalton said. The core is together.On Sunday, they host Buffalo (4-5), which leads the league with 30 sacks. A veteran line knows that it has to do better at giving Dalton time against the Bills .As youve been in this league longer, I think more of our guys are going to find that out that (opponents) start to figure you out, how you block and how you do things, and youd better have an answer for it, Whitworth said.Game notes Dalton was limited in practice on Wednesday with a sore throwing shoulder, but is expected to play against the Bills. The Bengals held a light workout coming off the Monday night game. ... G Clint Boling (shoulder), TE Tyler Eifert (knee) and WR Bandon LaFell (knee) also were limited in the offenses workouts. LB Rey Maualuga, who was inactive against the Giants because of an injured fibula, practiced on a limited basis. ... DE Wallace Gilberry had a sore calf and didnt fully practice following his first game since re-signing with Cincinnati.---AP NFL website: and Kyle Lowry Jersey . I cant pinpoint a date, but I do remember a player from my youth. 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A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:- LA UNION, Colombia -- A charter plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to its biggest match crashes into the muddy Colombian hillside. Most of the team and 75 of the 81 people on board are killed.- CHAPECO, Brazil -- For the players on the modest Brazilian club Chapecoense, these were going to be the games of their lives -- the two-game final of Copa Sudamericana, the continents No. 2 club tournament.- From Lionel Messi to Neymar, from Diego Maradona to Rafael Nadal, the world of sports expresses its sorrow following the fatal crash.- NASSAU, Bahamas -- A year ago, Tiger Woods said he could barely get out of bed. Now he cant wait to get started. Woods returns from the longest break of his career at the Hero World Challenge.- The next-to-last College Football Playoff rankings are released. The big question is where Ohio State will be ranked as it waits out championship weekend. 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