Burfict gave Ben the business on shoulder-injuring sack

AP

As if Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict didn’t have enough stuff to worry about after last night’s game against the Steelers, here’s another.

Video has emerged online of Burfict deftly driving his knee into the right shoulder of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, after Burfict sacked him onto it.

Burfict’s illegal hit on receiver Antonio Brown already will be reviewed by the league office, and given Burfict’s history he could be suspended to start the 2016 season.

Regardless of whether he’s specifically disciplined for giving Ben the business after Ben was already on the ground, Burfict’s behavior won’t win him any brownie points at Park Avenue.

159 responses to “Burfict gave Ben the business on shoulder-injuring sack

  1. If they want to stop this behavior they need to start throwing players out of the game.

    If a team ends up with 6 of their best players ejected after a fight or whatever – that’s their problem. And if they end up losing the game – well, that’s their own fault, too. The teams will either start taking care of business internally or they’ll not draft/trade for these guys.

  2. You can also see him Start the Confrontation with Joey Porter at the end of the game. Google “What Started Joey Porter Bengals Conflict 2016 Wild Card”

    You can see Porter was just walking with Brown off the field. Burfict takes a swipe at a Steelers’ trainer

  3. As a bengals fan I won’t deny that Burfict is dirty but Steeler fans need to get off their high horse. Steelers have been taking Bengals players out for YEARS. Their coaches are a joke with Porter running out on the field and Tomlin tripping players. But when they get a taste of their own medicine, the Bengals are the bad guys. Meanwhile the Steelers play “hard-nosed” classy football. Give me a freakin break. You reap what you sow

  4. Marvin Lewis allows this junk to goon and should lose his job . This has been a team of hoodlums for years.

  5. this guy blew the game to get a single hit…. can you be surprised that he injured one of the marquee names in the NFL the first chance he got?

    this is the guys 8th or something like that fine coming… they should slam him with at least 4 games

  6. When the refs, the coaches and even the announcers are saying that a player is “out of control”, it’s blatantly obvious that they shouldn’t be on the field. That’s on the coach. Same as Beckham/Norman from a few weeks ago.

    Now before you Bengals fans start sticking up for him, watch the video of his cheap shot on Max Williams last week…

  7. No, the Steelers aren’t saints. I’m a diehard Steelers fan and I’d never claim they’re saints. They ticked me off a few times last night. But I have never seen a Steeler take out a player, then stomp him while he was down in a deliberate attempt to cause him serious injury. Bengals fans have whined for 10 years over the injury to Carson Palmer in 2005, but Palmer himself said it wasn’t a dirty hit–and film shows it wasn’t a dirty hit. This guy tried to knock Roethlisberger out of the game. He tried to knock Brown out of the game. He succeeded in knocking Bell out for the season.

    And I have never seen Steeler fans throw trash on an injured player being carted off the field. The film tells the story of the Bengals’ character.

  8. LOL!

    If you want to criticize Burfict for trying to strip the ball from Ben after he was down, that’s legit.
    But “drove his knee into his shoulder”?

    Laughable.

    Steelers play dirty, and everyone outside of Pittsburgh and the bandwagon jumpers who’ve never set foot in PA know it. Their dirty play is calculated – they know the refs will only blow that whistle so many times, and on the few occasions they get caught, what’s 15 yards if you can take out the opposition player and put him out of the game?
    That’s a fair trade from their perspective.

  9. By the way, not all Cincinnatians think it appropriate to throw trash at injured players being carted off the field.

  10. Hey Marvin, when you keep common trash as players you lose, once again.
    Nothing sadder than to see professional talent given to brains dead morons.

  11. He was taught how to play by Harris during his playing time with the Bengals…..Harris has made statements that the hit wasn’t illegal….just a coincidence

  12. The Bengals were 6-0 without him at the beginning of the season. As a Bengals fan, I think he hurts them more than he helps them. So suspend him, please.

  13. This guy is just a dirty player. He was pushing the limits the entire game. How appropriate for him to do something stupid at a critical point in the game to cost his team. It’s funny how Bengal fans are looking for someone else to blame. Regardless of the fact that Joey Porter was on the field, all Pacman Jones had to do was avoid pushing him. How hard is that?

  14. Nothing gets past video today. People need to realize everything they do is caught. There’s also video of porter walking off the field and Gilbert comes up behind him and chest bumps him then a group of bengals players surround porter and that’s when jones takes his swing. I’m certain porter wasn’t trading recipes with the bengals, but he didn’t hit touch or shove a player, as Gilbert shoved him. I feel badly for the bengals and their fans. I think the refs did what they could do without effecting the outcome of the game. The steelers were penalized more than then bengals. There was shoving chatting after every play by both teams. After the shazier hit bengals players rushed the field, refs didn’t call a penalty. After the brown hit porter was on the field, and even though there is a rule against it, it’s rarely enforced when there is a serious injury such as the one to brown. No one wants a ref to decide the outcome and I think that’s why the officials were hesitant to eject a player from either side. Once jones threw the punch I think the refs had no choice

  15. @Deb: The crowd was enraged by the non call on the Shazier crown of the helmet hit on Bernard, and had had enough. People who were there also said there were a lot of things going on that you didn’t see on tv, which made the crowd mad the whole game.

    Your team doesn’t need to stomp on them afterwards. They make calculated dirty hits and then get a slap on the wrist afterwards. Mitchell’s hit on Eifert was just as dirty, but no suspension.

  16. They could have run the clock down and kicked a field goal and won the game by taking three knees. Steelers would have burned all timeouts and need a touchdown to win with an injured quarterback. The coach lost the game for Cincinnati. He has absolutely no idea as to how to win a playoff game let alone a Super Bowl. Should be fired!

  17. walleye436 says:
    He was taught how to play by Harris during his playing time with the Bengals…..Harris has made statements that the hit wasn’t illegal….just a coincidence.
    ————
    If you listen to Harrison’s entire statement, he says that as described to him by the league, it’s a penalty. By saying he doesn’t think it’s illegal, he’s telling you that he doesn’t agree with the rule…not that it was legal.

  18. When you play against the Dirtiest team in both leagues you better play the same way. Burfect may be fined but the hit was legal but what about Shazier hit. Steeler fans are the worst but what else would you expect since there is nothing else to do in a city like Pitts.

  19. You guys sound like Jim Nantz…pay no attention to Gio Bernard’s motionless body…or the fact that the NFL just punished player because he couldn’t retain possession through unconsciousness…. but by all means let’s spend a bunch of time scrutinizing a relatively gentle form tackle because Burfict is involved. That was a tremendous game/changing fooball play by Burfict. For a guy who was out of control – ironic that he’s the one of the few guys to focus & make a play when everything was falling apart. If Ben doesn’t idiotically try to throw the ball as he’said going down (something he’said inexplicably done his entire career)…he doesn’t land awkwardly & doesn’t get hurt. That “extracurricular activity” you’re fraudulently hyping here is Burfict grabbing a loose ball. It was obvious from every angle shown during game & might have actually been a fumble. Shameful article.

  20. whodey83 says:
    Here comes the lynch mob. How bout showing the Shazier helmet tackle on Bernard? Or does that not fit your agenda?
    —————
    Shazier’s shoulder to Bernards head was violent, but legal. Once Bernard take two steps, he’s no longer considered defenseless, and high hits are perfectly legal (only crown of helmet to helmet could be penalized–it was his shoulder that rocked Bernard’s head, otherwise Shazier would likely have dropped right next to him).

  21. koenig61 – I appreciate your efforts at civility, I really do, but 1) Porter should’ve never been out there to begin with and 2) you’re missing what IMO was the most important hit of all: the entirely legal Williams hit on Wheaton that was flagged and led to a Steelers’ FG. Without that penalty the Shazier hit would’ve been far less controversial. By flagging that hit and then justifying the non-call with Shazier, these officials (and the announcers) lost control of this game and proved what Bengals players and fans have suspected for years: that dirty play by Pittsburgh gets excused. This game was just the most recent example, but it goes back to Kimo butchering Carson Palmer’s knee in 2005.

  22. Until the refs start tossing these idiots out of the game and the league follows that up with more suspensions and fines, guys like Burfect will continue to do this crap…

  23. LOL. Dirty? Hardly. The Steelers are the dirtiest cheap shots in the history of the NFL. No I’m not a Bengals fans.

    Yeah but Joey Porter illegally being on the field talking trash like a little punk is without an article on here?

    Too bad one of the Bengals players didnt punch that punk in the mouth, at least the 15 yard penalty would have been worth it

  24. I would give anything to see Hines Ward lay this punk out. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was planning to end Brown’s career either
    ____
    Wanting to see a dirty player take out another dirty player? Nice to see the hypocrisy machine is alive and well in the steel city.

    And for all the Steelers fans thinking that the Bengals should cut Burfict, we all know you’d love to sign him immediately if that ever happened (assuming the Cowboys didn’t beat you to it)

  25. whodey83
    Jan 10, 2016, 1:20 PM CST
    Here comes the lynch mob. How bout showing the Shazier helmet tackle on Bernard? Or does that not fit your agenda?
    …..
    That isn’t a dirty play Bernard had the ball and was making a football move. Vontez hit brown when the ball was over his head and there was no point in even making contact there like that unless you were intentionally trying to hurt another player. Learn the rules buddy.

  26. “Shazier’s shoulder to Bernards head was violent, but legal. Once Bernard take two steps, he’s no longer considered defenseless, and high hits are perfectly legal (only crown of helmet to helmet could be penalized–it was his shoulder that rocked Bernard’s head, otherwise Shazier would likely have dropped right next to him).”

    Everything you just said could be applied to Williams’ hit on Wheaton, but that one resulted in a 15-yard penalty.
    That’s where the refs lost control and set the wrong tone for the rest of the game. The Shazier non-call was just icing on the cake at that point.

  27. Actually no, lunging your shoulder into someone’s head is NOT legal at all. Keep trying to defend it though. The fact is both team are filled with dirty players and coaches.

  28. The NFL cannot allow players to intentionally injure other players. They should come down and come down hard.

  29. The NFL cannot allow players to intentionally injure other players. They should come down and come down hard.

  30. It appeared to me when he hit Big Ben that he piled drived him into the turf with intent to injure, so why is this a surprise? This was not long after Shazier KO’d Giovani Bernard, so retribution was coming. This game turned into a head hunting match

  31. Burfict has a history of dirt bag plays behind him. Since freaking High School! No, this guy needs a year suspension. He’s not going to change with fines and mere 3 game suspensions.

    The Cam Newton and Greg Olsen ankle twists from last year. Purposely injuring Bell, twice. Going after Roethlisberger ankles….this one pump chump isn’t playing hard. he’s playing like the turd he’s always been!

    Go back and look at all the dirtbaginess he committed during college. Headbutting QBs, Grabbing linemens face mask and trying to twist their heads off. The late hits. He even managed to injure a camera man along the way, and that was totally avoidable. No sane person would stick up for him.

  32. Straightehh – think you meant crown of Shazier’s helmet to Bernard’s jaw”
    … completely illegalost at every level of football. Burfict’s was the only hit involving his shoulder

  33. the video shows a shoulder to shoulder hit. If that’s illegal let’s just play flag football but I am sure Pitts fans would find a way to play dirty. Be real the refs handed the steelers the game based on their no calls of steeler fouls like Shazier and Porter a coach goating a player.Steelers will get their butts kicked next week if they can walk.

  34. One year suspensions, anger management, psych evaluation and petition the league for reinstatement.

  35. Not sure why anyone would expect anything different from Burfict or, for that matter, Jones…week in and week out Burfict tries to injure someone on the opposing team, ankle twists, headshots, whatever. Take your rose colored glasses off, and get your heads out of the sand..he was a problem in college, he’s a problem in the NFL, and he will never change.

    As for Cincy fans, for a fan base that is constantly talking about how “classless” other teams fans are, you sure showed your true colors last night…cheering and throwing debris at an injured player…classless indeed…

  36. luckyarmpit says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:31 PM
    Calling that deliberate is kind of stretching it a little, isn’t it?

    Watch the whole play…he repositions himself to get the shot. This video cuts that part out.

  37. Cinch fans are funny. How about admitting your boys made a couple of bonehead plays in crunch time? Blame the refs all you want, but even some Bengal players have stated that those two killed them with that lack of self-control.

  38. @ oruacat2

    Oh the penalty on Wheaton was total BS. It was a clean hit, no doubt.

    Bengals fans, be thankful Shazier went as low as he did. If he would put his face mask on Bernard’s strap, I shudder to think.

  39. mropinionguy once again Bernard was a runner so it was legal, and hitting a player on the shoulders is actually legal, nice try though

  40. @dsh97, exactly right, it takes a LOT of red flags for all 32 teams to skip over a 1st round talent in the draft

  41. Look at the video idiot it was helmet to helmet NO QUESTION and never called. Burfict was shoulder to shoulder. Even NFL network said it was a legal hit as he tried to get out of the way. Maybe you are blind or need glasses.

  42. How about the steelers lineman stomping on burficts leg? He drew a 15 yard penalty but the announcers said it was just shoving and the replay stopped before the stomp. Fine the hell out of everyone

  43. Bonnie, did you seriously just defend people throwing trash at Ben and cheering while he was being carted off? You have lost any ounce of credibility you may have had. Burfict was playing to hurt someone all night, the no call on Shazier had nothing to do with it. How about when Decastro was blocking him and Butfict grab him by the head and took him down and you couldn’t see what he was doing with his hands?

    Stay classy.

  44. Benniebongle, take off your whodey goggles and watch the game again. It’s not a coincidence that all the major sports media are calling the bengals disgusting disgraceful. The Bengals are the new Eagles….The Beagles

  45. @Bonnie …

    My one problem with Tomlin is lack of discipline. Our defensive backs were flagged 15 yards a couple of weeks ago for an idiotic end zone dance after an pick six–and they did the same thing last night. There’s no excuse for that! But that’s my same issue with Marv. The Steelers were flagged more than the Bengals in that game. Under the circumstances, the refs did a pretty good job of trying to hold things together. They made good and bad calls on both sides of the ball. But rather than talking about the ridiculous behavior of Burfict and Jones that cost his team the game, Marv came out and immediately started blaming the refs. He never holds his players accountable. It doesn’t matter how mad they were about Shazier. Professional athletes have to keep their head in the game.

  46. I thought the Wheaton play was fairly legal. That being said, he did catch the ball and the steelers were in FG position already before the penalty was applied, so that call really didn’t change much

  47. This is why I was screaming for the Steelers to run a draw and punt. At this point up and with the other QB doing nothing your priority protect your guy. Especially knowing dirty, dirty Burfict is on the other side.

    I also screamed when I saw Burfict add that little extra cheap shot with the knee when he had Ben on the ground. This is how he rolls, sneaking in that little ankle twist or knee shot to finish.

    I’m glad now everybody else can see how cheap this shot was.

  48. This game was just gross. As a fan of football, it was really hard to watch. Personal Fouls need to be reviewable. That hit on Wheaton was an excellent play, no reason to throw the flag. If you can’t handle making objective calls at full speed, don’t throw the flag. How Burfict and DeCastor were allowed to stay in the game after their scuffle into the endzone is beyond me. It would be one thing if it was early in the game, alright, I’m ok with seeing if cooler heads prevail, but it was just a continuation of what was already going on and it lead to “make-up” calls later in the game. The Porter situation was handled poorly as well, it should have been offsetting fouls, even ejections for both guys, that’s fair, regardless of who did what. Also, how did Touisaant(sp?) return to the game after concussion protocol? He was out for a handful of plays, no way a determination was made that quickly. The NFL has to be embarrassed, this game started out as an absolute thriller, every inch mattered. Then it devolved into an MMA match, thanks to the passive-aggressive officiating. I’m not saying one team or the other got the raw end of the deal, but it never should have gotten to Ben getting injured, PF with coaches on the field, etc.

  49. nothingman says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:52 PM
    If Burfict did all that to Tom Brady, the NFL would have announced his suspension already

    Well the Steelers have done their share of cheap stuff to Brady and got away with it so who knows. Burfict doesnt seem to hide it as well as the Steers do I guess. Do it the pile like the Steelers and maybe he’d get away with it

    Funny seeing the Steelers fans cry when it happens to them either way. Almost as funny as seeing them and Broncos fans crying about cheating.

  50. Give me more Burficts, not fewer.
    Otherwise your team better get used to the idea of Pittsburgh taking out at least one of your guys with a cheap shot to the head every time you play.

    Nobody ever bitches until the second guy fights back.

  51. I’m guilty, I did not watch the video before my last post. If anybody here can honestly say that anything in that 7 sec clip was “dirty”, you have no brain, seriously. I was thinking this video contained a player using his knee to apply pressure to the AC joint in his shoulder/clavicle area, that would be considered dirty. What I saw in that video was a guy get sacked, and the player sacked him attempt to rip the ball away and gained leverage by sticking his knee into his shoulder pad. His shoulder pad, people. His knee never contacted his body, if you don’t agree with that, you’ve never worn shoulder pads. This is honestly a non-story, and everybody passing this along should honestly be ashamed. When Football becomes less and less physical, it’s people raging about crap like this that causes it.

  52. When the Refs give a team 30 yds in penalties at the end of the game on BS calls they have to share in the blame. The Refs needed to take control of the game after the Shazier no call , call a 2 minute time out and settle down both teams. They were terrible but they have been terrible all year

  53. LOL… Love hearing all the whiners whinning about Burfict.. One man gives back to a team what they’ve been dishing out for years and you all cry about it…LOL..Geesh.. Get over it..

  54. Well the Steelers have done their share of cheap stuff to Brady and got away with it so who knows. Burfict doesnt seem to hide it as well as the Steers do I guess. Do it the pile like the Steelers and maybe he’d get away with it

    Surprise! Another unsupported statement by a Cheaties fan…..I am shocked! Proof grasshopper proof…..you know what it is don’t you….cheaters know it very well.

  55. Don’t forget – in 2010 – the year the NFL waged their war against the Steeler defense – James Harrison was flagged after sacking Jason Campbell for unnecessary roughness. The referee explained over the mike that he “came down on the QB with the full weight of his body.” Despite the fact Harrison but his arms out to break his fall. I remember things like that when it is overlooked the rest of the time.

    If the same standard was held today Burfict should have been flagged for the same thing against Big Ben.

  56. pbrady89 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:25 PM
    You can also see him Start the Confrontation with Joey Porter at the end of the game. Google “What Started Joey Porter Bengals Conflict 2016 Wild Card”

    You can see Porter was just walking with Brown off the field. Burfict takes a swipe at a St————————————–

    Joey porter stepping on the field started the confrontation. Its in the rule book. This isnt rocket science.

  57. In December 2008, in the CIF division 1 state title game, Burfict plowed over a ref as the ref was standing over the ball. The ref thru a flag and was talked out of it by the lead official.
    He got away with it then and thus the path of acts like this has been set.

  58. DonRSD
    Jan 10, 2016, 3:41 PM EST
    Can’t win 11 vs 12. Refs gave the Steelers the game (again).
    —————-
    Really???? Idiot.
    Cincy gave the game away; another one and done 😂😂😂😂. Sure there were some questionable calls, and some non calls. However, the Bengals lack of composure is why they lost. Cincy and their fans got what they deserved.

    -BTW, I’m not a fan of either team so I can care less who won.

  59. It’s time the NFL takes appropriate action against Burfict the criminal and hit him with a suspension. It will probably only be 4 games but he deserves twice that.

    And bonnie, I don’t care how mad the fans are. You don’t throw projectIles on the field and especially at injured players getting carted off. Quit making ridiculous excuses for classless and disgraceful actions of Bengal fans.

  60. LOL at all the pathetic excuses being made by Bengal fans, blaming everybody and everything EXCEPT THEIR DUMB IGNORANT PLAYERS. LOSERS.

    Today is really a great day for Steeler fans worldwide!!

  61. oruacat2, Burfict has been playing to hurt someone the last 2 games…he had plenty of time to side step Brown. I don’t know how much those knees could’ve done to Ben but he doesn’t get the benefit of doubt due to his history.

    All you jokers want to talk about Porter being on the field when Brown was hurt, I do believe the whole Bengal staff was on the field in the Shazier hit.

  62. How is Marvin Lewis not accountable for any of this stuff? I know PITT can get dirty, but that 4th qtr lastnight was brutal.

    Also, pointing to bad behavior to justify other’s bad behavior, is ridiculous. Burfict was out of control, and Lewis knew it. Lewis cost the Bungles the game.

  63. The Bengals, Lewis and Burfict are a disgrace to the NFL. The only way to take care of this is to have Burfict suspended for all of 2016.
    The Bengals should do the right thing and suspend him themselves!

  64. holeinone09 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 4:09 PM

    LOL at all the pathetic excuses being made by Bengal fans, blaming everybody and everything EXCEPT THEIR DUMB IGNORANT PLAYERS. LOSERS.

    Today is really a great day for Steeler fans worldwide!!
    _______________________________
    Hope next week is better.
    The week after that? Hope not, in KC or NE.

  65. First what does this video show? I don’t see him driving his knee into the rapist’s shoulder. 2nd any steeler who claims he should be suspended has a short memory. hines ward was one of the dirtiest players in history. How many cheap shots have your players laid on bengals in the past. Stop crying about burfict. It took and shot at brown and was penalized. Get over it.

  66. Pittsburgh fans are like Hilliary lovers. You can lie and cheat your way to power and your backers will still support your way of playing because like Hilliary fans they are blind and stupid.

  67. oruacat2 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:48 PM

    Porter should’ve never been out there to begin with
    ========

    I keep hearing this from Bengals fans. It’s simply not accurate. This is nothing wrong with staff being on the field during dead ball periods.

    It happens all the time. Coaches come out on the field routinely when there is stoppage for timeout or injury.

    At least keep your facts straight.

  68. My assessment is that the zebras favoritism for the squealers, caused the game to get out of hand.

    The Bengals wanted to get even for all the cheap shots and fouls committed by the Squealers. How many times did Shazier lead with his head and didn’t get called. I saw one instance near goal line where two Squealers body slammed a Bengal, the zebra watched it, and didn’t say nothing.

    The worst thing you can do is make one team feel like they are being cheated. Which by the way, was my assessment too.

  69. The Steeler’s live to play another week – good for them – I’d like to see them beat Denver and if for some reason they do not – make no excuses about injuries, every team and players are nicked up this time of year.

  70. Not defending Burfict in any way, but it looks more like he’s trying to get his knees under himself, not drive them into Ben’s Shoulder.

    NFL should discipline him, yes, but quit piling on with questionable evidence, counselor.

  71. Saw it live, couldn’t believe there weren’t more comments about this part of the sack. Threw Ben onto his throwing shoulder, then added a little extra on the end. The sack was clearly designed to take Ben out of the game.

    Sad when you have no faith that you and your teammates are good enough to win. The Bengals had the talent this year to win, they didn’t need to play like this. Even the back up QB was doing pretty well!

  72. Steelers have played that way starting with their ‘roid rage run in the 70s and on through to today. Cincy and their players arent taking pitts sh!t any longer. If ya think about it, almost all of their lombardi trophies were won by cheating. The super steriod 70s and super bowl 40 which is the most obvious game fix in nfl history.

  73. Mike Munchak pulled on Reggie Nelson’s hair. Joey Porter was illegally on the field to antagonize Adam Jones, who pushed him and drew a foul which should have let the referees know a coach was on the field, and that should have been an easy penalty to throw on Porter (who admitted he was antagonizing and will get fined.) The helmet to helmet from Shazier that knocked Bernard out of the game was a much more targeted hit than Burfict’s. I’m no Bengals fan. They were immature and dirty. The Steelers were moreso. Marvin Lewis gets criticized for not having control of his players but Tomlin gets a pass for what he and his coaches do.

  74. Maybe if burfict wasn’t, you know, talking all week the way he was he wouldn’t have had a target? Oh wait, he’s an ass. He’s the NFLS Raffi Torres. Not really a tough guy but takes the knockout blow from behind.

    And is there anybody that really think pacman would stand a chance against Porter? I mean with out guns and scrip clubs involved?

    It’s time Lewis loses his job because he is a terrible coach who was garbage until he got a qb and AJ Green. Then he showed his true colors in the playoffs…

  75. Bengals and their fans are a disgrace to all pro sports. Bengals players were instigating the entire game. Burfict was staring down the Steelers sideline waiting for something, Pekoe came off the sideline with his raincoat to bump a Steelers player, and the fans were cheering injuries. Porter is allowed to come out on the field and he was probably jabbering but there is no excuse for Gilberry hitting Porter from behind and then the fiasco that ensued. I cannot believe that people actually thing the Burfict hit on Brown was clean. He clearly squared up his shoulder and hit Brown in the head. Steelers may not win next week but at least the Bengals lost.

  76. Burfict ruins teams and seasons. Did it at ASU, doing it in Cinci.

    Here’s Burfict. Sack on 1st down…Force fumble (not recovered) on 2nd down…penalty for 1st down on 3rd down. Field goal or momentum TD after.

    Worse yet, his antics help snowball it, so other guys then get penalties.

    He has a massive propensity for getting after the play dumb penalties, or near the opposing team sidelines, and of course… the cheap shots.

    Since this happens so often, and in such a crazy fashion it rubs off on their teammates, making them play tight and emotional and they also make dumb plays. He’s the catalyst.

    His antics basically cost Erickson his job at ASU. Burfict lost games for ASU this way many times.

    Welcome to the Burfict-zone Cinci, as long as he’s on your roster, this can happen at ANY time.

    If you followed him in college, you know this is SPOT ON.

    Guy is a psycho. A negative influence on his teammates by creating his sideshow. Untrustworthy. Tends to screw up the worst in the biggest moments.

    Lewis takes heat because this was WELL known, among OTHER faults he has, and yet Lewis…
    a) brought him onboard
    b) knew his history and still let all of this develop in yesterday’s game

    The only way he can show he learned ANYTHING, is if he doesn’t throw Lewis under the bus like he did Erickson. Let’s hope Burfict takes the blame for his idiocy this time.

    I feel bad for Cinci, they’ve just been Burfict’ed

  77. The Bengals out of the playoffs AGAIN! All your coach had to do is kneel down? Forget all of the Burfict stuff. He is a criminal and showed have his nuts cut off to settle him down but the real issue is Lewis. He is just plain STUPID for play calling and allowing this crap.
    Bengal fans are frustrated and totally understandable.

    I am a Steeler fan and can’t stand the ghetto stuff that goes on with my team and all of the other teams!

  78. As a Bengal fan, there is no excuse for Burfects hit, it was a penalty an he should be suspended. But how about some objectivity from some of you Steeler fans. I watched it again on Nfl now, Shazier,s head was down completely and the crown of his helmet hit Bernard in the face mask. Instead of Steelers ball it should have been first down on the Steeler 7.

    This is a penalty regardless of how many steps he took.

    Another remark is that Burfect hurt Bell twice with dirty hits. First, Bell was hit by Reggie Nelson last year on a perfectly legal hit and while Burfect has had a history I will not in anyway try to justify, his hit on Bell the year was perfectly legal and in no way dirty.

    Finally, Joey Porter left the bench to confront Bengal players on the field. As a coach he should be held to a higher standard and help calm things down. He most certainly should have been penalized. Let’s not for get Munchecks classless striking of a Bengal player.

  79. Bustfict is garbage. He doesnt deserve to play for a guy like Lewis. Looks like Bustfict will get some extended time on the couch into next season. This game had no business being close until Big Ben went out in the 4th quarter. Big Ben comes back, then the Steelers win.

  80. This is a stretch. ‘new video evidence’, is garbage. We all saw it when it happened, if it wasn’t obvious then, be quiet. He needs to be punished for the other hit, but if he doesn’t get a big punishment blame the NFLPA, the Commissioner’s options are limited. Until the NFLPA stands up against player on player crime (which they wont), no one else can.

  81. Steelers have played that way starting with their ‘roid rage run in the 70s and on through to today. Cincy and their players arent taking pitts sh!t any longer. If ya think about it, almost all of their lombardi trophies were won by cheating. The super steriod 70s and super bowl 40 which is the most obvious game fix in nfl history.

    Proof grasshopper proof… The facts will sooth the pain you feel you pathetic poor sport. Cheers one and done

  82. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jan 10, 2016 3:50 PM
    Well the Steelers have done their share of cheap stuff to Brady and got away with it so who knows. Burfict doesnt seem to hide it as well as the Steers do I guess. Do it the pile like the Steelers and maybe he’d get away with it

    Surprise! Another unsupported statement by a Cheaties fan…..I am shocked! Proof grasshopper proof…..you know what it is don’t you….cheaters know it very well.
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    well it’s not like I can post links or vids on here but you should remember this game ” Troy Polamalu attempted to twist Brady’s head off his shoulders at the bottom of the pile after Brady’s TD run – which caused Logan Mankins to freak out, and start tossing guys off of Brady after the play.
    Think it was Troy again caught twisting Brady’s ankle in the pile in the same game…This is all google-able but I’m not making it up, your team is one of the dirtiest out there…Not being a hater, got absolutely nothing against the Steelers really but facts are facts

  83. Haha, Nofoolnodrool. Cincy hasn’t won a playoff game in now what will be over 25 years. Sad, sad organization. Yes, keep rambling and complaining, its all you have since your inept team continues to lose. Not even one and done for the Bengals, more like none and done. Cheers!

  84. Jan 10, 2016 3:50 PM
    Well the Steelers have done their share of cheap stuff to Brady and got away with it so who knows. Burfict doesnt seem to hide it as well as the Steers do I guess. Do it the pile like the Steelers and maybe he’d get away with it

    Surprise! Another unsupported statement by a Cheaties fan…..I am shocked! Proof grasshopper proof…..you know what it is don’t you….cheaters know it very well.
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    well it’s not like I can post links or vids on here but you should remember this game ” Troy Polamalu attempted to twist Brady’s head off his shoulders at the bottom of the pile after Brady’s TD run – which caused Logan Mankins to freak out, and start tossing guys off of Brady after the play.
    Think it was Troy again caught twisting Brady’s ankle in the pile in the same game…This is all google-able but I’m not making it up, your team is one of the dirtiest out there…Not being a hater, got absolutely nothing against the Steelers really but facts are facts

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    So you have no facts Ziggy…. Not a surprise!
    In case you can’t tell. I am a die hard Steeler fan trolls!

  85. While watching the packers game, time out was called and no less than 3 coaches and other personnel were on the field! And guess what Bengal babies , no penalties were called for coaches being illegally on the field!!!!

  86. I’m not defending all of Burfict’s actions, but this isn’t clear intent to hurt, sorry. It was an ugly, dirty game on both sides. Two Pitt assistants will be fined this week. Probably Shazier and the targeting hit by #40 on Efiert that wasn’t called. And to whomever questioned the rule against coaches on the field, it’s article 1 section 8 of the nfl bylaws. I didn’t like, but respected Bill Cower, Tomlin is nothing more than a punk and his staff certainly reflects that. See Ravens game where he interfered with a likely kickoff return.

  87. To the criminal comments, pretty funny coming from fans of a team that employs a guy who settled with woman who accused him of rape, and a guy who served jail time formmurdering dogs. Glass houses…

  88. Coaches don’t belong on the field and head shots are against the rules. Both steelers coaches should be suspended for the next game and Burfict perhaps for the next game he is eligible to play.

  89. rabidbillsfan …

    When did they change the rule so that a ball stripped from a player who is clearly down by contact is considered a fumble? I mean, Roethlisberger was down, on his back, with Burfict on top of him, driving his knee into his shoulder (or, as you say, his shoulder pads). What would he have accomplished by getting the ball? Nothing. He wasn’t interested in the ball. He was interested in knocking Roethlisberger out of the game. And if that had been Jim Kelly back in the day, my how your attitude would be different.

  90. Whatever happens from here for the Steelers, wether Ben plays or not, it feels really GREAT to send the Bengals home early, and for it to end like that with their big talkers, Burfict, PacMan and Gilberry all helping to cause those final penalty yards. Just awesome!

  91. whodey83 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:20 PM
    Here comes the lynch mob. How bout showing the Shazier helmet tackle on Bernard? Or does that not fit your agenda?

    jm91rs says:
    Jan 10, 2016 3:15 PM
    How about the steelers lineman stomping on burficts leg? He drew a 15 yard penalty but the announcers said it was just shoving and the replay stopped before the stomp. Fine the hell out of everyone

    jeff1rey says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:43 PM
    When you play against the Dirtiest team in both leagues you better play the same way. Burfect may be fined but the hit was legal but what about Shazier hit. Steeler fans are the worst but what else would you expect since there is nothing else to do in a city like Pitts.
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    Just three of the many examples above.

    The lot of you sound like a little kid in trouble with his mom for something he is totally guilty of. He knows there is no excuse for his behavior so he starts pounting at something his little sister did the week before. he tries to make it sound like what his baby sister did somehow diminishes what he did.

    Burfict cost you guys a game Bengals fans. You should be mad at him because he hurt your team.

    BTW – the hit was far from legal. The ball was poorly thrown and obviously uncatchable so its a PF to hit the receiver. Plus it was incredibly stupid. There was plenty of time to pull up and avoid the hit. thats all he had to do and the game is over and his team advances in the playoffs. That’s what would have been smart football. But instead he had agenda other than playing football and he wanted to get one more lick in. So he did and now he can spend next week watching the games and enjoying a nice plate of nachos. Mmmmmmm nachos.

  92. Steelers fans be like, “Burfict shouldn’t even be allowed to play in the league! He’s hitting people too hard and if you look REAL close at the video, his knee briefly touched our QB’s shoulder!”
    Meanwhile, their QB raped a bunch of women and their backup QB murdered dogs and ran an illegal dog fighting ring, lol.

  93. Watching the video I think it’s a ‘maybe’ at best. its not solid enough to blame Burfict on. Besides, he did plenty of other stuff meaner and more boneheaded that there is no need to try make a point out of this item.

  94. charism4 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 2:51 PM
    How has nobody mentioned Big Ben giving him the business in the bathroom?

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    What are you talking about? Is this another rape allegation? I gotta think going after Burfict would be quite the bold move.

    (Ok, send me to hell)

  95. Who created the false storyline that coaches are not allowed on the field? You can show me the “rule” but it is a complete and total MYTH that coaches do not go out onto the field of play during timeouts whether for injury or otherwise. It happens routinely in EVERY game. Watch a game sometime and you will see. I have never seen a coach penalized for being on the field. Heck the Harbaugh’s spend more time on the field of play than on the sidelines.

  96. nhpats says:
    Jan 10, 2016 3:01 PM
    Remember when Bengals fans thought the Bengals were the best team in the AFC? Lol!!!!!

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    We will never know now. The fact is that most of the Bengals are good tough pro football players and assets to the game. They played a heck of a season and had it crashed to a halt by two boneheads in their midst. Who knows what would have happened if those guys had kept their cool and had the common sense to…do nothing. Yes that’s all they had to do was ‘do nothing’. Burfict pulls up short on the uncatchable ball and they win. If Jones has the sense to just stand back and let Porter finish earning a penalty (that would have made a FG hopeless) they win. But they didn’t ‘do nothing’ and it cost the Bengals the game so we will never know.

  97. So you have no facts Ziggy…. Not a surprise!
    In case you can’t tell. I am a die hard Steeler fan trolls!

    Oh I can tell. Who else would deny the Steelers are dirty and demand proof? In all fairness it’s more the coaches now than the players, which is actually worse. Also probably explains why your D stinks now. Keep throwing those stones though, always amusing

  98. Watching the game again and I have to say the Bengals just suck. Steelers third series of the game. First play. 1-10. 9 yard run. At the end of the play after the whistle has blown Maualuga shove Wallace and knock him over. No flag. Play six of the series. 1-10. 9 yard run. After the play is over Dunlop grabs Todman throws him to the ground. No flag. Ref #107 just argues with Dunlop a little. Cheap shots that should have been called early and were not.

  99. The truth is with Typical bengal fans like bonnie bengal they would try to back up and justify burfict and pacmans antics. These two clowns could walk out there with razor blades cutting up the opponent and a typical bengal fan would argue that they did it because the kicker from the opposite team kept completing 46 yd attempts. Dumb and just no sense in showing the facts when it’s broadly in their faces.

  100. Just watched the end of the game again. It is a MYTH that Joey Porter was out there antagonizing or cursing at the Bengal players. If you watch the replays there were 7 men from the Steeler sidelines out on the field. And Porter was one of them. If you watch the replay you can see Burfict come over and talk to Porter. It appeared to be a casual and unheated conversation. Brown is helped up and Burfict walks past Porter and pats Brown on the back. Burfict is sort a pushed away by Steelers trainer Norweg who is annoyed that Burfict is in his face. When Burfict is pushed away by Norweg his arm/hand backhands Porter in the face. Porter doesn’t see what initiated the backhand to his faces and says something to Burfict. Then Gilberry walks up behind Porter and body-bumps him. A couple of officials come running over to separate the growing crowd of players and then Jones comes charging in tries to run over some refs.

  101. Goodall is privately pleased. These things drive up ratings, drive up publicity, and he gets to be the good guy by pretending to punish dirty players. But the failure to eject any players during games tell us the true story, he doesn’t want the spectacle to be diluted by ejecting players. It’s all a sham. Short of getting out a knife and driving it into Roethlisberger’s shoulder, we’ll just get the usual meaningless fine or short suspension, but nothing that will send a message to dirty players.

  102. For the Bengals fans, the hit by Shazier on the RB was illegal, and I’m sure he’ll get fined for it, but it was in the process of making a tackle.

    Burfict’s only intent was to take Brown’s head off. There was no tackle, hell, the ball was long gone before he even aimed at Brown’s head.

    Joey Porter will, I’m sure, be fined for being on the field… though if you ever watch when a player is seriously injured, many times coaches are surrounding the player. His fine will be deserved, but it may be the first of it’s kind for the same action.

    None of that excuses Jones’ action at that time.

    The actions of the Steelers will no doubt get attention from the league offices, but those aren’t why the Bengals lost. That blame lays squarely on the Bengals.

  103. Porter was no way involved with assistance to brown he was not over there with him. He parked himself in the steelers huddle again a d coach in a offensive huddle strategically across fromm burfict in others he showed no care for brown all he was there for was to chirp at the bengals and when brown went to leave the field porter was not at his side giving any assistance to him he was engaged with the Begala already at that point that was his goal. Also you have coach munchak pulling hair you have Tomlin tripping people in another game. Time and time coaches of the steelers getting involved where they don’t belong real classy

  104. zigthepatsfan says:
    Jan 10, 2016 6:47 PM

    Think it was Troy again caught twisting Brady’s ankle in the pile in the same game…This is all google-able but I’m not making it up, your team is one of the dirtiest out there…Not being a hater, got absolutely nothing against the Steelers really but facts are facts

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    Do you want to talk about Vince Williams, John Abraham, Teddy Bruschi or head hunting Rodney Harrison?

  105. Brusci and harrison were dirty as players like Joey porter. Porter is a coach where talking about the coaches on the field getting involved where they don’t belong. Brusci and harrison never did anything like that as a coach

  106. All of the comments claimin there was nothing blatant, are a true testament of ignorance, willful or otherwise. He is on the ground, lifts his leg, rotates up and around, allowing himself to intentionally (and very blatantly) drive his knee down onto Ben’s shoulder. I mean, it doesn’t get much more blatant than that… Until later, we he takes another incredibly blatant cheap shot (this time to the head) of Brown.
    It is my understanding that this is his M.O. as well, which makes it baffling that he is even in a professional league.
    And who cares what other teams or canvases have done, that’s not what we are talking about. Plus, I have never, ever, ever seen a fantasy throw trash at a player whom one of their players had just intentionally injured. Pure trash.

  107. If the Tebowedoutoftheplayoffs guy is not trashing the Steelers, then you know the Bungholes must have really been out of control. That being said, there were some bad calls/non-calls. The Steelers weren’t innocent by any means, but the Bengals were downright ridiculous. The refs should have taken charge, ejected Munchak and Burfict early. I think that would have set the tone.

  108. @patsfanscryalot

    Apparently links can’t be posted, google What Started Joey Porter Bengals Conflict 2016 Wild Card and watch the video.

    Porter is walking behind the trainers helping Brown off the field. Burfict walks past Porter and pats Brown on the back. Burfict is sort a pushed away by Steelers trainer Norweg who is annoyed that Burfict is in his face. When Burfict is pushed away by Norweg his arm/hand backhands Porter in the face. Porter doesn’t see what initiated the backhand to his faces and says something to Burfict, but everyone is calm. Then Gilberry walks up and bumps Porter from behind, instigating. A couple of officials come running over to separate the growing crowd of players and then Jones ignorantly tries charging at Porter through 3 officials.

  109. I’d just throw Burfict out of the league. Also, Roethlisberger should have gotten rid of the ball in that situation. There’s no way you take a sack on that play.

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