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2005 AFC Wildcard Steelers 31 at Bengals 17 - mcmillenandwife - 08-15-2017

2005 AFC Wildcard Steelers 31 at Bengals 17

"Who Dey?" WE Dey! Ah, the Bungles... who else would lose their freshly inked $118M franchise QB on only the 2nd play of their first playoff game in 15-years at the hands of an ex-teammate? Note to TJ Houshmandzadeh: never desecrate a Terrible Towel. The Steelers fall behind 17-7 in the 2nd quarter courtesy of a Rudi Johnson 20-yd TD run and a Kitna 7-yd toss to Houshmandzadeh. But as the game progresses, blitzes on Kitna increase, holes in the coverages tighten and Kitna begins to struggle, suffering 2 INTs, 4 sacks and finishing with a 60.1 rating. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger is near-perfect in his decision-making and execution, going 14 of 19 for 208 yds, no INTs and 3 TDs, including an stunning, back-breaking bomb on a gadget play on 3rd and 5 in which Randle El takes the direct snap, runs right, then turns and throws a lateral pass back across the field to Ben, who then heaves a beauty of a bomb to a wiiide open Cedrick Wilson who skips into the end zone untouched. For the record, Kimo von Oelhoffen's hit on Carson Palmer, while unfortunate, was not a dirty play. Peyton Manning, here we come.