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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The AFC North is known for it’s hard hitting football and the Steelers / Bengals game didn’t disappoint. This contest was so violent that two key players were knocked out of the match up. First Steelers Linebacker Ryan Shazier went to the hospital with a back injury and then Vontaze Burfict was decleated by a hit from JuJu Smith-Schuster. It was apparent that every single player had to keep their head on a swivel and as much as you want to see action you hate to see anyone get hurt. As far as the actual score went the Steelers managed to comeback from a 20-10 deficit in the 4th quarter due to 13 unanswered points put up by the Pittsburgh offense. The Steelers got hot at the right time and their defense also did a great job of keeping Cincinnati out of the end zone in the final quarter of play. Ben Roethlisberger was facilitating the offense well like he usually does throwing for 290 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Le’Veon Bell had himself a night too rushing for 76 yards and also recording 106 receiving yards plus 1 receiving touchdown. Antonio Brown was explosive for the Steel City as well, he finished the night with 101 receiving yards and 1 touchdown catch. Andy Dalton actually played good for Cincinnati despite the loss, Dalton threw for 234 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Giovani Bernard was the leading rusher for the Bengals with 77 rushing yards for the evening. A.J Green was simply dominant for Marvin Lewis’ team Green put together a 2 touchdown and 77 yard masterpiece. When things were all said and done though Cincinnati couldn’t get that go ahead score with the game on the line. Mike Tomlin’s team was the exact opposite they seized the moment and showed why they are one of the best teams in all of football. The defensive stands outs in this game for the Steelers were Vince Williams and Sean Davis. Williams chipped in 9 tackles and 1 sack, while Davis ended up with 7 total tackles. Cincy was led by Dre Kirkpatrick who contributed 7 tackles and Vontaze Burfict who compiled 6 tackles before exiting the game.
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