Steelers stun Bengals in crazy overtime battle

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Heading into this season, most prognosticators thought Cincinnati would solidify its position atop the AFC North, and that Pittsburgh was at the start of a rebuilding effort.

The Steelers’ defense had other ideas.

In an impressive effort today in Cincinnati, the Steelers’ defense did a number on Joe Burrow, intercepting him four times and recovering a Burrow fumble once in a 23-20 overtime win.

But how many twists and turns did this game take to get to that 23-20 final? The final minutes of the fourth quarter, and all of overtime, were an insane back-and-forth battle in which both teams thought they had the game in hand, only to have bizarre special teams miscues keep the game going.

Only in the final seconds of overtime did Steelers kicker Chris Boswell nail the game-winner.

Late in the game, Steelers star pass rusher T.J. Watt walked off the field after apparently suffering a serious pectoral injury. That could be ominous for the Steelers. But for now, the Steelers start the season 1-0 and the Bengals start 0-1.

47 responses to “Steelers stun Bengals in crazy overtime battle

  1. Why is Mike “Blunder” Tomlin and his coaching staff permitted to stand on the field of play? When Bengals were in redzone in regulation, Steelers coaches were 3 yards into the green of the field at around the 30 yard line.

  2. Where was the penalty on Fitzpatrick for taking his helmet off on the field after he blocked the field goal?

  3. Neutral fan here. Great game. Rinky dink penalties kept Cincy alive in regulation, tho. I think that’s the biggest problem for the NFL product in some ways. The regulation endgame looked like a NASCAR restart with 10, then 6, then 2 laps to go without the teams/cars deciding the outcome. I dont like to see that after investing 3 hours.

  4. Well it might be the only game we win all season but I’m glad it was this one. Watching Bengal fans cry makes me so happy.

  5. The Bengals are awful. All that money and the line is still garbage. Pittsburgh dominated them from start to finish.

  6. Cincy, your new look o-line doesn’t look any better than the old one.

    Might want to hold off on molding that HOF bust for Burrow. 7 sacks, 4 INTs and 2 fumbles. Played like a loser.

  7. txpatsfan says:
    September 11, 2022 at 4:52 pm
    Where was the penalty on Fitzpatrick for taking his helmet off on the field after he blocked the field goal?

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    There was no time left. It happened after the play was over.

  8. Burrow was under siege but had the game won until the extra point was blocked. He had two TD passes taken away because Chase couldnt convert the catches earlier.

  9. Listened on the radio in I-70 mountain traffic. It made the drive go by quickly. What a wild game. McPherson had two chances to win it with an extra point distance kick. Both were bad snaps. On the Steelers’ first OT drive, the radio announcer said it was their best two play sequence of the day when they picked up 7 total yards. Amazing they drove down for the win.

  10. Like I’ve said, everyone wants to crown Burrow. I want to see what he does without 3 Pro Bowl caliber WRs and a stud at RB. If Chase goes down and Burrow doesn’t get the fortune of all the YAC he delivers, the Bengals are in trouble. Still a long season but it’s going to be very interesting to see how the Bengals respond as the hunted and having to play a 1st place schedule. They did a lot of talking in the offseason about the teams in their division and how “easy” it supposedly was. The NFL always humbles you.

  11. Blame this on Zac Taylor. Bengals snapped the ball foeor their last punt with 15 seconds left on the clock and with no timeouts left for Steelers. Run the clock down, take a delay of game and pin them inside the 10. What was he thinking?

  12. touchback6 says:
    September 11, 2022 at 5:14 pm
    Steelers looked terrible unable to put that game away. Cincy obviousy is worse.

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    How good did the pats look?

  13. Only Bungles fans would bring up Pitt asst coaches slightly stepping on the field. Doesn’t matter – if Watt has torn pec, it’s a 5 win season for Steelers.

  14. And this is why no one talked about the Bengals as serious contenders over the off-season despite appearing in the Super Bowl.

  15. Bengals fan here….I can’t believe the Bengals came out that flat. Or rather…amazing defense took it to Cincinnati, showed that money can’t buy a cohesive Offensive Line, and made the vaunted Bengals offense look inept. I’m not a TJ Watt fan but I hope it’s not as bad as people seem to think.

  16. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    September 11, 2022 at 5:31 pm
    touchback6 says:
    September 11, 2022 at 5:14 pm
    Steelers looked terrible unable to put that game away. Cincy obviousy is worse.

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    How good did the pats look?
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    He didn’t see the Steeler game, they played at the same time New England played.

  17. No bengals crying, so many chances and came up short, Pitt played better on D. Rest assured stillers you won your super bowl, see you in (former) Heinz field next.

  18. So what’s missing here is that the long snapper got hurt during the game forcing a TE to snap on the Extra Point that would win the game.

    Hardly dismissing Cinderella.

  19. How did the Bungles not block the winning FG? They looked like they had 5 guys run freely into the line.

  20. Instant Classic. Gonna be an awful lot of clamoring for Kenny in week 2, but enjoy the moment. Gotta love seeing the bungles crumble to the team they & everyone else picked last in the AFC North.

  21. Steelers dominated On D and should of won this game regardless. Steeers O needs a ton of work. Any offense and this game would have been a blow out.

  22. Refs did their best to hand Cincy the game.

    Overrated Burrow now 0-1 vs. Trubisky.

    Steelers back to being Bengals’ big brother after one-season aberration.

  23. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    September 11, 2022 at 5:13 pm
    txpatsfan says:
    September 11, 2022 at 4:52 pm
    Where was the penalty on Fitzpatrick for taking his helmet off on the field after he blocked the field goal?

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    There was no time left. It happened after the play was over.

    They put 2 seconds on the clock. Fans on this site are not bright

  24. bengaljuice says:
    September 11, 2022 at 5:44 pm
    No bengals crying, so many chances and came up short, Pitt played better on D. Rest assured stillers you won your super bowl, see you in (former) Heinz field next.

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    After all what would the Bungles know about winning any Super Bowl!

  25. I have watched Burrow quite a bit and I am super impressed by him. He is the only player in the game that could have taken the Bengals to the Superbowl last year. The real league MVP.

    In the game against the Steelers, with that secondary and pass rush… He had the look of a Deer in the Headlights. Especially late in the game. Watching him pre snap or on the sideline he was… Shook.

  26. Big bengals fan here but Burrow did not deserve to win that game. The loss is on him far more than the coach. He’s rusty, he’ll get better I’m sure, but not playing any football in 7 months is a bit much.

  27. Bengals and Rams offenses both held their starters out of preseason games. Both played to their floors against good defenses. Not exactly shocking. Both will look better next week.

    Meanwhile, the Steelers offense played closer to its ceiling against a solid defense, and still nearly lost… twice… to a team playing terribly. When you are +5 turnovers, you should win by 20-30. If they don’t look better against the Pats next week, there may not be many chances to crow this season.

  28. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    September 11, 2022 at 5:15 pm
    If Pittsburgh had a half decent qb or even a 75 year old Ben, they’d have won by 40.

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    His name is Kenny Pickett and his time will come. Patience.

  29. On McPherson’s missed 29 yard field goal in overtime, they snapped it on third down in case there was a bad snap. There was a bad snap, so why didn’t they fall on it and call time out?

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