Steelers kicker thinks Bengals tried to hurt him before game-winning field goal

AP

Steelers kicker Chris Boswell believes the Bengals attempted to injure him before he could kick the game-winning field goal on Monday night.

When Pittsburgh initially lined up for the field goal, Cincinnati’s Josh Shaw jumped offside so far he was practically in front of the ball when Boswell kicked, and on Boswell’s follow-through his foot hit Shaw. Boswell said that hurt.

“You’re not jumping offsides that bad without trying to run into the kicker,” Boswell said.

Steelers holder Jordan Berry was also suspicious.

“Especially in a game like that,” said Berry, “your [thought] is, ‘Maybe [Shaw] is trying to do something crazy.’He was moving before I even turned around early — so he was definitely trying to jump something. Whether or not he was trying to hit anyone . . .”

It was a game full of personal fouls and injuries, with Pittsburgh’s JuJu Smith-Schuster and George Iloka both suspended for illegal hits, although Iloka’s suspension was overturned on appeal. The league will decide whether to fine Shaw for running into Boswell, or to accept that it was just an ordinary case of a player jumping offside.

63 responses to “Steelers kicker thinks Bengals tried to hurt him before game-winning field goal

  1. I believe it. Saw it live and figured that. The bengals are out of control and lewis has no control. Dirtiest team in the league and ill admit my steelers arent cleanbirds. But burfict tried to twist newtons and olsens ankles, went for gronks and bennetts knees. Tried to take browns head off and celebrated bells acl, kneed bens shoulder after sacking him. 43 of the bengals too. Dudes a disgrace and if juju had done that to anyone else i’d say 4 game susp. But burfict deserved it so ones enough. People literally have to hope after playing the bengals someone doesnt have a knee injury or concussion from intentional hits.

  2. For a winning team they are the biggest bunch of cry babies in the league. I saw the play and the guy ran past the play and then you see him put his foot in front of the ball to stop the free kick. He was so far offsides everyone knew it and stopped the play. I didn’t see any extra nonsense other then the two hits to the head from JuJu and Iloka.

  3. .
    This game was another nationally televised Cincinnati – Pittsburgh debacle. Fans know the difference between tough, hard nosed football and two teams trying to hospitalize each other.
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  4. Quit whining. He was so far offsides that he got to the holder early enough to knock him down and take the hold himself. Instead he ran past the play and just stuck his foot out to disrupt the kick, knowing the play was starting over anyway.

  5. He was preventing the kicker form getting a practice kick in. Nothing wrong with that. kickers always kick after the whistle blows the ply dead from a time-out, the defender didn’t want to give them an advantage nor should he.

  6. I’m amazed that Marvin Lewis has been their head coach this long. But maybe I shouldn’t.

    The Steelers and Ravens should be grateful that they keep him around.

  7. It is a rivalry game. Of course the game is going to be chippy, I don’t get why fans don’t understand this. I love watching Steelers vs. Bengals or Broncos vs. Raiders because you know those men hate each other. It is just a thing of beauty to watch. NFL can assess whatever fines they need to and refs can do their jobs with ejections, but I think the suspensions are taking away from one of the great things we have left in sports.

  8. It’s just pent up anger that is 27 years in the making. The Browns have won a playoff game 20 years ago (Bengals 27 years ago) and the Browns have a lot of draft picks. Bengals have a group of convicts that the Steelers are forced to play twice a year. Marvin Lewis is the warden that approves of these convicts. Must be depressing to be a Bengals fan!

  9. Steelers fan. Should have been a penalty on Bengals #26, because the Steelers holder froze and never let go of the ball or spun the laces out. Just held onto the ball with both hands and Boswell kicked the ball and the holder’s hand. Could have broken it, or hurt Oz’s foot. Those guys are in a vulnerable spot and defensive players shouldn’t come close to them or make contact on a non play.

  10. What a whiner. It’s rediculous for the dirtiest team in the league to accuse anybody of trying to hurt anyone! Steelers have been doing it for decades! I’ll give you Burfict is like a steeler but modify else is. Maybe change your own ways and people with treat you with a little more respect?

  11. for men that pride themselves on being the biggest toughest humans alive, they sure do whine and cry alot. wonder if their upbringing has anything to do with them playing the constant victims.

  12. Right….keep whining about a game that’s over….. don’t focus on the Ravens…. or better yet aren’t they already watching film for the SB?. bunch of crybabies….. Pats are gong to flatten them in prime time….

  13. I enjoy reading about the Bengals Steelers rivalry. They are both so much inside each others head that they suspect everything. Whining from both teams, cheap shots, you name it. Let both teams annihilate each other.

    What will they do after Big Ben and Dalton are gone?

  14. Ridiculous. He was trying to block the friction’ kick and jumped offsides as has happened few 100 times in the past in NFL games.

  15. Give me a break. He jumped off sides because he was trying to save the Bengals season. Now even the kicker is chiming in. The kicker? You’re a kicker go sit down

  16. gamesmanship at its best….No different than a personal foul on the QB in the 1st qtr. Take the 15 yard penalty, early in the game it’s ok, because it makes him nervous the rest of the game. same concept

  17. 64impalass says:
    December 7, 2017 at 5:57 am
    I believe it. Saw it live and figured that. The bengals are out of control and lewis has no control.

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    But does he have no control???? Just because players play dirty doesn’t mean the coach doesn’t have control. For all we know he could privately be encouraging it

  18. jxt2521 says:
    December 7, 2017 at 6:40 am
    I love all the angry Steeler fans crying for a suspension on the hit that hurt Shazier.
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    Admittedly, I haven’t read every comment on every article, but I would think that if there were “all the angry Steeler fans crying” about Shazier…I would have seen at least one instance..I haven’t. Did I missed something?

  19. It’s high time they move the bungals out of the division. Actually they should be moved to the arena league seeing as they are so pathetic. Last playoff win???

  20. whine much? I saw the play, and I have seen that happen before. I believe if his true intent to injure he could have fake dived into the kicker, claimed he never heard the whistle and did not realize he jumped offsides. I mean if you are actually accusing the guy of an orchestrated move to hurt the kicker. Laughable the Steelers, who were actually GIVEN a Super Bowl game by the refs when they played Seattle, would whine about something like this. Worst officiated game in history and they got every call, especially when they needed a first down. It’s getting harder and harder to keep watching the games, it really is.

  21. bengalguy71 although the Steelers are not the cleanest of teams they are nowhere near as dirty as the Bengals have become.

  22. For a historically dirty franchise, the steelers and their fans have become a bunch of whiny little babies. If he wanted to injure he kicker, he would have. He didn’t, he was clearly trying to make a game-saving block to force OT. Just have to try and make something out of nothing, don’t you?

    ESPN did a small graphic showing all the cheap stuff the steelers injured bengal players with over the years, several rules were implemented because of it. Now that the bengals are hitting back the steelers are gonna cry about “fair play” and “dirty players”? So ironic it makes me laugh

  23. steelpenguin6687 says:
    December 7, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Admittedly, I haven’t read every comment on every article, but I would think that if there were “all the angry Steeler fans crying” about Shazier…I would have seen at least one instance..I haven’t. Did I missed something?
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    Some moron did suggest it, but I don’t know that he was angry, a Steelers fan, or crying. Beyond that bozo, no one has cried for a suspension on that play, which was a clean hit, and the tackler injured himself.

  24. Look at the replay again. He reached out and kicked Boswells foot…

    That is an extremely dangerous play when you consider his leg is in full motion to kick the ball.

  25. I do believe that in such a situation the rusher is gambling on the count, but once he knows he is offside it should be upon that rusher to alter the trajectory so as not to be timed with the kicker’s shin or the holder’s head. And hard to believe that 5 yard penalty solved the issue. 15 yards for Unsportsman Like Conduct would have been a lot more appropriate.

  26. So let me get this straight. He didn’t initiate any contact yet he was trying to hurt you?? What a joke. If he wanted to try to hurt the kicker he could have dove at his legs. Boswell just shut up and enjoy your game winning kick.

  27. I’m amazed that Marvin Lewis has been their head coach this long. But maybe I shouldn’t.

    The Steelers and Ravens should be grateful that they keep him around.
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    Lewis record against the Ravens is pretty good actually. Pittsburgh….not so much. Bengal fan

  28. Over half of the Bengals concussions come from 2 games a year. The dirtiest player is Vontaze Burfict, but the dirtiest team in the league is the Steelers. Find a Steelers game without a crown of the helmet to helmet hit. Go ahead and try. Only been a few since Tomlin took control of this legion of goons.
    They have a coach that organized a gang-style jumping of Bengals player back when Joey was still a dirty player. Multiple Steelers coaches have gone after Bengals players.
    Meanwhile, the Steelers lapdog Roger has done nothing because he is afraid of angering the family that got him the job, the Rooney’s, and one of the largest fan bases.
    Yeah, a guy that could have easily dropped his head (like a Steeler) and knocked out the kicker pulls up and gets kicked in the leg. Imagine trying to take that kick 15 yards closer with the punter kicking the ball. That would have been a dirty play.

  29. Another cheap shot from another bungle defender. The team is full of them. Where’s the suspension on that since the league is so inconsisent? Marvin Lewis has no control of his team

  30. I’m pretty sure that Josh Shaw was thing “block the kick”, not “hurt the kicker”. Any guy jumping off side on a field goal try is usually trying to block it. What a bunch of whiners, from Tomlin on down.

  31. Hello Pot, my name is Kettle. Ridiculous assertion. Dude was offsides that’s it. Get over it. Both teams are dirty. The NFL’s Cheapshot vs. Bush League Bowl every time these guys play. The added bonus fir the rest if us watching is guessing which team will be the biggest whiners afterwards. This year… Steelers win game and the whiner trophy.

  32. Love to hear all the whiney people on this thread. The Steelers ask that you can continue to whine some more. Must be tough on fans year in and year out when the Steelers sit alone at the top of the mountain.6.

  33. Since 2009 four rules changes were implemented because of dirty stealers hits on Bengals players. Four in 8 years, that’s not even mentioning Tomlin tripping a player, Porter starting crap with a player on the field, and a stealer coach pulling a players hair.
    Go back to why there is a personal foul face masking penalty… Keith Gary trying to rip off Ken Andersons head in 1983.

    The stealers are taught to be dirty, encourage it, and their fanbase and players are the worst whiners in the NFL.

    Antonio Brown said it best the other night… it’s KARMA stealerfan, karma.
    How’s that medicine taste stealerfan? You whine even more now because you’re finally getting smacked back in the mouth and you don’t like it.

    Now your kicker is even whining… maybe the STEALERS should be taken out of the league so NEW player safety rules won’t have to be implemented, and a good chunk of the whining in the NFL will stop.

    Model franchise my ass… classless franchise and fans.

  34. I don’t know about how the Bengals are being coached, but I know that Burfict’s psychological profile was so bad that he was not drafted by any NFL team (UDFA) even though he was considered a 1st Round talent. That speaks volumes about what a nut job he is.

  35. Wow. Bengal fans cry nearly as much as Patriot fans do. The frustration over losing for so many years just kills you people.

  36. 64impalass says:

    December 7, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I believe it. Saw it live and figured that. The bengals are out of control and lewis has no control. Dirtiest team in the league and ill admit my steelers arent cleanbirds. But burfict tried to twist newtons and olsens ankles, went for gronks and bennetts knees. Tried to take browns head off and celebrated bells acl, kneed bens shoulder after sacking him. 43 of the bengals too. Dudes a disgrace and if juju had done that to anyone else i’d say 4 game susp. But burfict deserved it so ones enough. People literally have to hope after playing the bengals someone doesnt have a knee injury or concussion from intentional hits.

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    “I’ll admit my steelers. . . ”

    That quote alone nearly discredits your entire argument.

    A player earlier in the game was potentially paralyzed and you’re preaching about players “deserving” to be targeted for injuries. Yes, Burfict, Pacman Jones, and several other Bengals have some real issues. Likewise with many of “your steelers.” No one “deserves” to be intentionally hurt. I wonder if Burfict would’ve been paralyzed, would you have celebrated that? Taking cheap shots is exactly that, cheap.

    Play hard-nosed, gridiron football but keep it clean. Injuries will still happen, but intent to injure matters.

  37. Didn’t jump off sides to injure but after he already did it he definitley stick his foot out to contact Boswell’s…the tape doesn’t lie

  38. Definitely does…haters still gonna hate though

    myspaceyourface says:
    December 7, 2017 at 9:01 am
    Look at the replay again. He reached out and kicked Boswells foot…

    That is an extremely dangerous play when you consider his leg is in full motion to kick the ball.

  39. jocko1181 says:
    December 7, 2017 at 6:22 am
    Sounds like both teams are in each others head at this point…
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    when is the last time cinci beat pitt? i would say cinci is clearly the team w/ the head issue.

  40. bradygirl12 says:
    December 7, 2017 at 9:26 am
    I’m pretty sure that Josh Shaw was thing “block the kick”, not “hurt the kicker”. Any guy jumping off side on a field goal try is usually trying to block it. What a bunch of whiners, from Tomlin on down.

    Deflate gate whiners? Heard of them ….troll?

  41. Steelers are so riddled with guilt over their decades of dirty play that they’re now making up lies about other teams as a diversion. I remember when Polamalu used to try and decapitate linemen by jumping over them. Did you hear anyone whining about that? Of course not.

  42. He was so early the kicker didn’t even have to start his approach, whistles were blowing. It’s the kickers fault for even trying to kick that ball.

  43. Wow.. I didn’t use to have a dog in this fight, but is there one intelligent steeler fan out there? Just one? I have yet to see it…

    No wonder the vast majority of their fans have low self-esteem issues: their brains don’t function properly. My theory, they’re complete losers in every other aspect of their lives so they cheer for a “winner” to make themselves feel better about themselves. Pathetic.

    I’m a Giants fan first, but after all this hypocritical garbage I’ve seen from steeler players and fans lately… Go Giants and whoever beats the steelers.

  44. Lol. What happened to the steelers? They used yo be hard hitting bullies on the block. Now all they do is cry about the bengals. If he wanted to hurt the kicker he would have. Every player on thier team has been crying for the last few seasons but this season they are setting the bar high for the Cry-Baby trophy

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