Gutsy Win Could Have Long-Term Ramifications For Bengals


Published: September 27, 2009

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... Bengals beat the Steelers Sunday, but how they won that could have long-term effects on the team’s season.

Out-muscled, out-played and out-coached for nearly three quarters, the Bengals were left for dead late in the third quarter, trailing 20-9.

But much like it did last week against Chicago, Pittsburgh let Cincinnati up off the mat and the Bengals took advantage, scoring two TDs and making a huge defensive stand to win the game.

It's not just the type of win that Cincy would not have pulled out last season; it's the type of win that the Bengals would not have pulled out against the Steelers ever.

Pittsburgh has been called a lot of things by the pundits and the fans — bully, big brother, tormentor — and all of those things were true for three quarters.

There were the Steelers holding Cincinnati to minus-10 (minus-10!) yards in the first quarter. There was the supposedly porous Pittsburgh offensive line holding the Bengal rushers at bay. An...

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