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The Steelers played like the Bengals when it mattered

If I didn't know any better, I could have sworn that the Steelers and Bengals switched uniforms at halftime Sunday.

The Steelers played like the bumbling Bungles.

There was an interception returned for a touchdown.

There was Limas "Hands of Stone" Sweed's dropped touchdown catch.

The defense couldn't get the opponent off the field when it counted, either.

The Bengals, meanwhile, had the impressive touchdown run.

Their defense came up with key stops in the fourth quarter.

And, yes, there was that game-winning drive capped by a 4-yard TD pass with 14 seconds left.

Those were the plays the team made last year on their way to winning the Super Bowl.

Mike Tomlin knows it.

"We need to finish football games better," he told reporters. "That's the mark of a champion, and that's not us at this point."

I like Tomlin. He gets right to the point.

And, right now, there's no avoiding the fact this team needs to turn things around.


It's just two losses, so there's no need to panic. But there is a real sense of urgency.

To get on track, the Steelers will need to play like the Steelers of old against the Chargers on Sunday. Or at least like the Bengals of the other day.


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