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William Gay

Bengals KO Themselves In Playoff Loss To Steelers

CINCINNATI — A knockout hit by Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict wound up knocking the Bengals 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 35-yard field goal by Chris Boswell.

The rain-soaked crowd, delirious just minutes earlier, watched in devastated disbelief. Orange crushed.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had to be carted to the locker room late in the game with a right shoulder injury (the result of...

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