The Cincinnati Bengals’ playoff losing streak nearly came to an end on Saturday, but a last-minute meltdown led to an 18-16 win for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals have yet to win a playoff game in Marvin Lewis’ tenure.
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Pittsburgh will move on to face the No. 1 seed Denver Broncos in the Divisional round at Mile High Stadium.
Authentic Mens Nick Bjugstad Jersey This game will be remembered more for the penalties and dangerous hits than the actual football. Given how heated this AFC North rivalry has become, the officials warned both teams before the game about chippy play, but not even they could predict how out-of-control this got.
The Steelers came into the game missing their top two running backs — Le’Veon Bell has been on IR since early in the season and then they lost DeAngelo Williams to a foot injury this past week — so two relative unknowns had to step up: Jordan Todman and Fitzgerald Toussaint.
Surprisingly, both looked pretty effective against a strong Cincinnati defense. They combined for 120 yards on 28 carries while Toussaint added 4 catches for 60 yards though the air. With rainy and crappy conditions in Cincinnati all day, the Steelers had to rely on their ground game a little more than typical, and getting quality carries from Todman and Toussaint was an unexpected boon.
Everyone knows that Antonio Brown is going to show up to play and he didn’t disappoint with a 7-catch, 119 yard performance. That said, Martavis Bryant was a key figure in this one as well, grabbing 5 catches for 29 yards, including one of the most absurdly acrobatic touchdowns I’ve ever seen.
Kansas City added a field goal late in the fourth but it was hardly necessary.