A knockout hit by Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict, and the Bengals were knocked out of the playoffs — yet again.
Thanks to Burfict's headhunting hit to the helmet of Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown — followed by an unsportsmanlike call on the Bengals after the play — the Steelers pulled off an 18-16 victory in a wild-card game, clinching with a 39-yard field goal by Chris Boswell.
The rain-soaked crowd, delirious just minutes earlier, watched in devastated disbelief. Orange crushed.
“It's disappointing,” said Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis, who set an NFL record with his seventh consecutive postseason defeat. “Our guys fought their...