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Top Wins During The Marvin Lewis Era: Carson Palmer Beats The Steelers In First Game Against Pittsburgh After Knee Injury

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PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 12: Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 12 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 12: Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 12 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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+ Bengals Score 14 Fourth Quarter Points In Pittsburgh (September 24, 2006). Carson Palmer suffers a devastating injury during the Wild Card round of the 2005 NFL playoffs. And though Jon Kitna was admirable in his efforts to keep Cincinnati from losing, every thought from the moment Palmer suffered his knee injury was how long will it take for him to rehabilitate (or even if he would).

Palmer didn't miss a regular season game as a result of his injury and helped the Bengals kickoff the 2006 season with a 2-0 start and a September 24th date in Pittsburgh. Cincinnati took a 14-7 half time lead into the locker room thanks to two Chris Henry touchdown receptions in the second. Pittsburgh retook the lead with ten third quarter points setting up a Bengals-dominated fourth quarter.

Pittsburgh forces the Bengals offense to go three-and-out with just over eight minutes left in the game. Kyle Larson boots a punt 58 yards with Pittsburgh's Ricardo Colclough stepping up for the ball. Muffed punt! Cincinnati's Tony Stewart recovers and the Bengals retake the lead after a nine-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Two plays later, on second-and-four from their own 26-yard line, safety Kevin Kaesviharn stripped the football away from running back Vernon Haynes, recovered by linebacker Brian Simmons. The Bengals take a 28-17 lead on the very next play; a 30-yard touchdown pass to Houshmandzadeh.

The Steelers would only score another three points on 23 offensive players during the final seven minutes in the fourth quarter. The Bengals go 3-0 and are well on their way to another playoff appearance -- that was eventually disrupted by Pittsburgh in week 17 (but that's another list entirely).