Steelers vs. Bengals: Examining a Rivalry - Cincinnati Magazine
Diggs ran free into the end zone and the roof nearly exploded off the top memories that were made and the relationships that were built and. The Jets and Steelers will enter the final week of the season fighting for the last Wild Card spot in the AFC. Which team will make the playoffs?. Young Bengals trying to end Steelers' domination of rivalry Stadium during that span, including playoff wins in the and seasons.
Both teams opened new stadiums in the early s. The two teams opened Heinz Field on October 7,a 16—7 Steelers win.
The Steelers dominated the series in the early s as they were perennial playoff contenders, while the Bengals finished near the bottom of the league. The Ben Roethlisberger era[ edit ] Both teams drafted franchise quarterbacks in the early-to-mid s. The Bengals drafted Carson Palmer first overall inwhile the Steelers selected Ben Roethlisberger in the first round the following year.
Roethlisberger's Steelers have posted a 24—7 record against the Bengals, including wins in two playoff meetings. The Bengals lost Palmer to an injury on their first drive, but built a 17—7 lead. The Steelers to score 24 unanswered points to defeat the Bengals, 31— Inthe Bengals swept the Steelers and won all of their division game for the first time in franchise history.
Steelers vs. Bengals: Examining a Rivalry
The game in Cincinati marked Roethlisberger's first loss in his home state of Ohio, having previously been 10—0 at Cincinnati and Cleveland. Palmer announced his intention to retire after the season although he would later return to the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals and the Bengals drafted Andy Dalton in The Steelers continued to dominate the rivalry, going 13—3 against Dalton's Bengals.
The Steelers built a 15—0 after three quarters, however Roethlisberger had left the game due to an injury. McCarronstarting for an injured Dalton, led the Bengals to 16 straight points.
However, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier would force Bengals running back Jeremy Hill to fumble and the Steelers recovered the loose ball. Roethlisberger returned and led the Steelers on their final drive. On an incomplete pass to Antonio BrownBengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was flagged for unnecessary roughness on a brutal and concussing blow to Brown's head; the hit subsequently led to the suspension of Burfict for the first three games of Immediately afterwards, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was flagged for a personal foul due to an altercation with Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter.
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From there, Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made the game-winning field goal from 35 yards. In a game, the Bengals took a 17—0 lead, but the Steelers outscored them 23—3 the rest of the game for 23—20 win. The game was a brutal affair with serious injuries to Shazier and Burfict and subsequent suspensions to JuJu Smith-Schuster and George Iloka with the Iloka's later being overturned.
InRoethlisberger led the Steelers to a come-from behind 28—21 win with a late touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. And on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium against hated rival Pittsburgh, Cincinnati was a minute and 36 seconds away from breaking a drought that has spanned four coaches and more losing seasons than anyone cared to remember. And then the simmering pot boiled over.
A play later, an interception by Steelers quarterback Landry Jones he was in for an injured-at-the-time Ben Roethlisberger pretty much confirmed that the football gods had finally decided to give Cincy a break. On the very next play, Bengals running back Jeremy Hill fumbled, the Steelers recovered, and because this is the postseason and these are the Bengals, of course Roethlisberger and his injured right shoulder came back onto the field.
It was clear Big Ben couldn't throw the ball more than yards, and he spent much of the next 55 seconds tossing screen passes and slants, working the ball to the Bengals' yard line with 22 seconds to go.
And then things went completely sideways. And because this is the postseason and these are the Bengals Marvin Lewis pleaded throughout the game for Vontaze Burfict to keep his cool.
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Roethlisberger tried to find Antonio Brown downfield on first down, but Vontaze Burfict was flagged for trying to decapitate Brown. It was a brutal hit in a game full of them, and that yard penalty moved the ball to the Bengals' yard-line. That would've been a yard field goal for Steelers first-year kicker Chris Boswell.
Certainly not a gimme. But because this is the postseason and these are the Bengals, there's more: Cincinnati cornerback Adam Jones was flagged moments after Burfict for unsportsmanlike conduct. Fifteen more yards, the ball at the Bengals' yard line, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin sent Boswell out for the chip-shot yarder.
Game over, and in the process, the Bengals suffer their worst loss ever. People are blaming Marvin Lewis: And he wasn't alone. This was a disgraceful performance by the Cincinnati Bengals. People are also wondering if Marvin Lewis should be fired: It's a fair question. Yes, the Bengals have been markedly better under Lewis, at least until they get to the playoffs. But the team that was once known for taking chances on players with off-field issues -- but had since gotten away from that in recent years -- blew a postseason game in large part because Burfict appeared more interested in settling scores than helping his team win its biggest game in the past quarter-century.
And even if the Bengals had lost in less dramatic fashion Saturday, Lewis' job security might still be a topic; offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will interview for several head-coaching vacancies, as will defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Why not promote Lewis to a front-office job it has been speculated in the past as a possibility and hire Jackson or Guenther to replace him?