Cincinnati Bengals’ Win Over Steelers Sunday Shows a Different Team from 2005


Published: November 17, 2009


... Heinz Field tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers. They left victorious with a lock on the division.


Sound familiar? It is a little. A 94-yard kick return by Tab Perry set up a Rudi Johnson touchdown that effectively sealed the game. A gritty performance by the Bengals kept them in it, even when it looked like the Steelers were rallying.


But something was very different in that 2005 game than Sunday’s most recent win in Pittsburgh.


Before leaving the field, TJ Houshmandzadeh wiped his cleats with a Terrible Towel. The Bengals strutted around the field declaring the balance of power in the AFC North had shifted. Cincinnati had arrived, and everyone shoul...

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