Steelers @ Bengals Wild Card: The Black and Gold Prevail, Just…
As I mentioned in the previous article, as you are likely reading this I’m on an airplane somewhere or other over something or other. I’m sure we will be dissecting the game in enormous detail over the coming week. All I can say is, I’m wrung out and quivering on the floor like AB after that nasty, nasty hit. I would have been overjoyed had you told me yesterday the Steelers would win by one point. I’m not so sure how I feel right now…
I offered the opinion that the Bengals aren’t the Bungals any more, but I may have to rethink this position. They had the game in their own hands and literally threw it away. Whether the Steelers will have the horses to make it a game in Denver next week remains to be seen. But the legend of Big Ben lives on.
The post-game commentary is noting that it was a “disgraceful” performance by the Cincinnati Bengals. I would add the Cincinnati fan base. Cheering when a player is carted off the field? Not cool. Throwing stuff at him? All I can say is, stay classy, Cincinnati.
Well, I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise when your sports media pulls the sort of unbelievable stuff they did this week.
I feel bad for AJ McCarron. He did his best, kept his cool, and deserved to be the first QB ever to win a playoff game with less than four NFL starts under his belt. But I guess it was not to be.
I’m sure we all thought the game was over when Cinci kicked the field goal. Credit the Steelers defense for not giving up. Credit the Steelers offense for giving themselves a chance. And then I suppose we can thank Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones for the rest.
It will, of course, be an entirely Pyrrhic victory if AB and Ben can’t play next week. Unless, of course, the Steelers win with Landry Jones and whoever. Then I will truly be convinced they are a team of destiny. But for now they are alive for one more week, and that’s all we can ask.
Please add your thoughts in the comments. I’ll have Homer and Ivan’s posts out later today. Go Steelers!