Steelers vs. Bengals: Nominations for Play of the Game

Kirk Irwin

Now that the community poll for player of the week is in gear, time to vote for the best play of the game.

Tyler Eifert 61-yard reception: One could argue that it was the instigator to get Cincinnati's offense going. After consecutive punts to start the game, Andy Dalton needed the boost. Once Tyler Eifert surpassed the zone reserved for linebacker, the rookie tight end literally had nothing but green around him. And Dalton noticed, firing the football to a wide-open Eifert down the seam for the 61-yard reception.

Giovani Bernard 27-yard touchdown catch: Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden began shifting the team's overall game-plan against Pittsburgh's defense. Instead of downfield throws to the receivers, Andy Dalton expanded his reads to include tight ends and running backs. With 10:40 remaining in the third quarter, Giovani Bernard slipped out of the backfield and spun around two yards off the line of scrimmage. He went into warp drive down the left sidelines to give Cincinnati a 17-10 lead.

Reggie Nelson's fourth quarter interception: The Steelers were driving in the fourth quarter. On a possession that began with 7:46 remaining in the fourth, the Steelers drove 50 yards to the Bengals 27-yard line with just over five minutes remaining. If Pittsburgh scores a touchdown, the lead is reduced to three points and everything changes. Instead a middle pass thrown to Jerricho Cotchery was deflected and Reggie Nelson picked off the football for the game-winning interception.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis' third down conversion: I just love this play on a personal level for its intense manliness. With 4:04 remaining in the game, the Bengals have third and six from their own 17-yard line. Defensive tackle Domata Peko joined the offensie huddle. Not only did Green-Ellis have a lane to gain positive yards, he fought through the traffic and collapsing Steeler bodies for eight yards and an unlikely first down conversion.

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