Vontaze Burfict Head-Shot Leaves Antonio Brown Concussed, Sets Up Steelers Game-Winning FG (Video)
As bad as the first 30 minutes were, Saturday night’s AFC Wild Card match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals actually turned out to be quite the entertaining contest. And it was wrapped up with one of the wilder endings in NFL playoff history.
It all began on the Bengals’ first drive of the fourth quarter. Trailing by a score of 15-0, Cincy was able to travel the length of the field before a Jeremy Hill one-yard touchdown made it 15-7. On the Bengals’ next drive, they kicked a field-goal, making it 15-10, and then, on their third offensive drive of the quarter, an AJ Green touchdown put Cincinnati up by a score of 16-15 with just 1:50 remaining.
All Cincinnati had to do was keep the Steelers out of field-goal range and they’d finally get that coveted playoff victory that has eluded them for so long. It appeared as though they had done just that when Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict intercepted Landry Jones (who was in for an injured Ben Roethlisberger) with 1:36 left, but the Steelers were gifted with another opportunity when Jeremy Hill fumbled on the very next play.
Then, with Big Ben back out on the field, the Steelers were handed another gift when hero-turned-goat Vontaze Burfict delivered this nasty shot to the head of Antonio Brown on a 1st & 10 play from the Cincy 47:
That 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, coupled with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to Adam Jones, set Steelers kicker Chris Boswell up for a 35-yard game-winning attempt. And he nailed it:
The Bengals’ streak of playoff futility continues. I’m sure this one will be extra-hard for their fans to swallow.
Stay tuned for the influx of videos featuring sad Cincy fans. I’m sure there’ll be plenty.