What a game. Players taking cheap shots, coaches pulling players' hair, personal foul penalties everywhere, etc.
To spare you the time, I will entirely skip the first half. It was legitimately the most boring half of football I have ever watched.
However, the second half, specifically the 4th quarter, was pretty great football.
Roethlisberger was rocked by Bengals' Vontaze Burfict at the end of the third quarter but re-entered the game with 1:23 remaining in the fourth, after a Bengals fumble. Roethlisberger and the offense proceeded to march down the field, helped by two personal foul penalties, to kick a game-winning field goal and send the Bengals limping home.
Steeler fans should breathe a sigh of relief after seeing the hit, as it looked like Big Ben could have broken his collarbone. However, in his postgame interview, Roethlisberger admitted that he was in "a lot" of pain and could not throw the ball over 10 yards. The next seven days will be extremely important, as we will see if Big Ben can nurse that sore shoulder and be prepared/ready for the Denver Broncos.
I could bore you with all the stats, but the real story is the nastiness and dirtiness of the Cincinnati Bengals. Vontaze Burfict, who has been a notoriously dirty player throughout his entire career, acted like a clown right from the beginning.
When Burfict wasn't knocking over cameras, he was taking shots at Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger. Burfict relentless went after Big Ben, and, for the most part, was able to restrain himself. However, as the game was winding down and the Bengals seemed to have things wrapped up, Burfict laid out a vicious (and illegal) hit to Antonio Brown. Burfict should be hearing from the league about this extremely soon.
But wait, theres more!
Burfict's equally as awful teammate, Adam "Pacman" Jones, who later accused Brown of "flopping," got into it with Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter as he came onto the field to tend to the ailing AB and was flagged for a personal foul. Needless to say, Pacman lost his cool.
But don't worry now, guys. He's okay now.
The Bengals would have won this game if it wasn't for a couple of stupid plays by guys that shouldn't even be in the league. They cost their team 30 yards and the possibility of winning the franchise's first playoff game since 1990.
Keep on waiting, Bengals.
By Pete Packowski