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It was a Burfict ending for the Steelers against the Bengals



I've never seen an ending like that.

Oh, sure, I've seen games play out like the scoring summary did from Saturday night's unbelievable wild-card game.

Steelers take a 15-0 lead. It looks like they have the game in hand.

The Bengals take the lead late in the game.

The Steelers win it with a field goal in the waning seconds.

That doesn't quite sum it up, does it? Not this game. Not the way it unfolded.

Let's get back to the 15-0 part.

Martavis Bryant gave the Steelers that lead with an incredible TD catch from Ben Roethlisberger.







He actually caught it with his butt.

I'm not sure how that was a football move -- but I digress.

At that point, it looked like the Steelers were in control.

Then Vontaze Burfict took over for the Bengals.

Yeah, that guy.

Burfict sacked Roethlisberger at the end of the third quarter, knocking Big Ben out of the game.


But all the Steelers needed to do was hold on.

They couldn't do it.

The Bengals rallied to take a 16-15 lead.

And that's when things got interesting.

Backup Landry Jones had a chance to drive the Steelers for a winning score.

Instead, he threw an interception with less than 2 minutes to go.

Of course, Burfict made the pick.

Momentum shifted on the next carry.

Bengals running back Jeremy Hill fumbled and the Steelers recovered.

But it wasn't Jones that walked onto the field for the final drive. It was Big Ben.

Roethlisberger delivered on third down and fourth, but the play of the game came on a throw to Antonio Brown.

The throw was off, and Burfict delivered a knockout to Brown.

Burfict, probably the most-hated Bengal, was called for a personal foul. An arguing Pacman Jones had another, setting the Steelers up for the winning field goal.

A few hours later, it's still unbelievable.

This one will go down in Steelers lore.

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