The Steelers and Bengals matched up in one of the most sloppy games of the postseason so far, though that isn't saying much with the Chiefs defeating the inept Texans earlier on Saturday. The Steelers struggled to finish drives, as they made several drives that got into Bengals territory, but only one of them ended in a touchdown while the others ended in field goals, while the Bengals offense was non-existent until the fourth quarter.
The game started out slow, as both teams spent the first quarter and a half trading punts. The Bengals narrowly avoided disaster when A.J. McCarron fumbled twice on back-to-back plays, but recovered both of them. The Bengals would be forced to punt and the Steelers would make their own mistake, as Markus Wheaton fumbled a ball at the Cincinnati 47 and the Bengals recovered it. A.J. McCarron would give the ball right back when he was intercepted by Antwon Blake at the Steelers 24. Blake would take the ball back 35 yards to the Bengals 41. Six plays later the Steelers kicked a field goal to score the first points of the game.
The Bengals would take the ensuing kickoff and go three and out. The Steelers drove all the way to the Bengals 12 before the drive stalled and they had to kick a field goal. A.J. McCarron would take a knee to end the half.
The Bengals would take the kickoff to open the second half, but their drive would end with a fumble at the Pittsburgh 36. The Steelers would drive all the way to the Bengals 17 before they were held to their third field goal of the game. The Bengals would be forced to punt on the opening kickoff and a 60 yard Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown pass took the Steelers to the Bengals 10. Two plays later, Martavis Bryant would make one of the most impressive catches ever to give the Steelers their first touchdown of the game. The touchdown would be upheld by the referees, but the two point conversion attempt would be no good.
The Bengals would take the ball down to the Steelers 23 before Giovani Bernard fumbled the ball and the Steelers recovered it at their 25 yard line. Ben Roethlisberger would leave the game after getting sacked by Vontaze Burfict and Bengals fans would show their classlessness by throwing trash at Roethlisberger when he was being carted out.
The Bengals would take the punt and a 42 yard pass interference penalty would take them to the Steelers four. Two plays later Jeremy Hill would punch it in for the Bengals first touchdown. Landry Jones would come in and the Steelers would be forced to punt the ball away. The Bengals would kick a field goal after the punt.
The Steelers would be forced to punt away the ball and A.J. McCarron led the Bengals on a drive that would end with a 25 yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green. Hope looked lost for the Steelers, as Landry Jones would throw an interception on the very next drive, but Jeremy Hill would fumble after the Bengals took over and the Steelers would get one more shot.
I don't care what your personal opinion ofBen Roethlisberger is but the man truly proves his toughness by returning to the game and leading his team on a drive to win the game. The Steelers would lose Antonio Brown along the way, but two 15 yard penalties put the Steelers in place to kick the game-winning field goal.