Heartbeat erratically pounding so hard that it nearly broke out from the rib cage like a Xenomorph (Google it) after the transformation. Anxiety shifted the stomach into a roving sea of nausea, fingernails chomped to nothing. This was the final moments of Cincinnati's eventual 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, clinching a spot for the postseason while eliminating the Steelers from the playoffs.
It took nearly three hours for my hands to stop shaking in what was the most gratifying postseason-clinching victory I can remember. Hell it was the most gratifying win.
Want to relive it? Sure you do.
The NFL Network is re-airing Cincinnati's win over the Steelers on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. Knowing now how it pans out, you might be able to enjoy it with a little less anxiety.