Oh, the loom continues in the city of Cincinnati as the Cincinnati Bengals lose their 5th straight play off game. Coming into this game, I was expecting a loss considering our history. It wasn’t the loss that made me upset but it was how it was done in the final minutes that made me furious.
Throughout the entire game it was quite a boring one, for the Bengals offense at least. There was no running game, AJ wasn’t consistent and the coaches could not call the right plays. Steelers had everything going for them but thanks to the Bengals defense, we held them to 3 field goals in the first half. It was quite entertaining to see the flag called on the Steelers offensive coach for pulling our players hair and shoving him off…showing their true colors as always. It was the 2nd half, particularly the 4th quarter where things got interesting.
On a deep ball to AJ Green, Steelers got called for defensive pass interference and marked a 1st down on the 4 yard line. Bengals punched it in 3 plays later and we’re down 15 to 7. Bengals held the defense to a 3 and out and forced to punt and on the ensuring drive they scored a field goal, down 15 to 10. With literally 5 minutes left to play, on the next Bengals possession, they marched it down the field and in a heart breaking score, AJ Green scored his first touchdown in the post season. It was definitely all heart and effort for the Bengals in the 4th quarter. Bengals failed to convert the 2 pt conversion so it was up to our defense to hold the Steelers to not kick a field goal considering we were up 16 to 15 with less than a minute to go. This is where things got interesting. Big Ben was hurt due to a massive hit by Vontaze Burffict so they had to put in Landry Jones to do his work. A couple plays later, Landry Jones threw an interception made by Vontaze Burffict. My immediate thought was we won! Just run down the clock and make a couple first downs and we will get our first play off victory. Boy, was I wrong. On a run play for Jeremy Hill, he fumble the ball and it was Steelers possession. Choke time. We needed the defense to step up, make the right hits and lock it all up.
Now, throughout the whole game…it was a dog fight. To the hair pulling, dirty hits that the refs never called and so much smack talk that went through out the game. Particularly Vontaze Burffict was on steam due to a very nasty hit Jeremy Hill took and the refs did not call it. It was total BS and I knew Burffict would be on fire. And it showed on the last drive for Pitt when Ben threw a pass for Brown and it was no where catchable for him and Burrfict threw down a nasty hit on Brown and we were flagged. Add on 15 yards. Then, LB Coach Joey Porter comes out and smack talks our players in the middle of the field and our players were trying to control their emotions and what not and the Bengals get flagged. Now, he had no right to go in the middle of the field and argue with our players, instead the Bengals get flagged. Add another 15. At this point, Steelers were in field goal range. They kicked it and the consistency for the Bengals to lose in the playoffs continue.
I am more upset at our players for not containing their emotions in what we knew was the most important game, a play off game and seal the victory at home. Say what you want, but Burffict clearly could not do that. He has had so many instances where he has played dirty and last night, I’ve had enough of it. He needs to go. I’ve never seen such a disgusting game for the Bengals and to play like that, its such a disgrace to the city and the fans. I probably will love the Bengals the rest of my life, but I will not support the bengals as long as they have Marvin Lewis, Packman Jones and Vontaze Burffict. I believe that the NFL should compose of players that kids look up to, like role models. Burffict and Pacman are not those players. And for Marvin Lewis to let this get out of hand and not control his players, he should be fired immediately. But as long as fans buy tickets to see this garbage every year and Mike Brown is making money, nothing will change. Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis cares for nothing in the Cincinnati and that will never change. Its hard for me to write but it is the honest truth that we have been living ever since Marvin was hired as head coach. Things need to change, and I know I won’t support this team ever again unless things change. It’s really disappointing but it must be said.