HOUSTON -- Chris Crocker sat with his back to the room, staring into his locker for a long time after the Cincinnati Bengals playoff loss to Houston on Saturday.
When he stood and turned to answer questions, he did not duck or hide from the fact that he missed a golden opportunity to change the feel of the game.
In the third quarter, with Houston leading 17-10, Crocker stepped in front of a T.J. Yates pass intended for Owen Daniels. The ball was high, in his hands, and there was little between him and a tie game.
"I just dropped it," Crocker said. "I pick that ball nine out of 10 times and this time I didn't pick it off when it mattered most."
To make it worse, three plays later the Texans scored a touchdown on Yates' 40-yard pass to Andre Johnson. That score made the margin 14 points. The Bengals could never get back in the game, and lost 31-10.
"Maybe I was thinking what I was going to do before (catching it)," Crocker said. "I should have caught it. I dropped it."