Recapping the Bengals versus Steelers Week 15 game is relatively simple. Let’s go for it.
- Bengals’ offense comes out strong, scoring on all four of their first half drives (two touchdowns, two field goals).
- Bengals’ defense does well at stopping the Steelers and forcing them to attempt field goals instead of score touchdowns. Chris Boswell scored three field goals before halftime.
- Bengals go into halftime with a 20-9 lead and have people wondering what’s changed to make them look so good. It was a great effort for Cincinnati in the first half.
- Bengals exit the locker room after halftime and completely forget how to score, play defense, keep their cool, and play with discipline.
- Steelers take advantage of the Bengals, scoring 18 unanswered points, and win the game after shutting out the Bengals in the second half.
Did I miss anything? Maybe the poor coaching, that might not have been completely clear in the bulleted list. The reaction after the game was not positive. From the players, to the media, to the fans, everyone acknowledged the terrible second half from Cincinnati.
Dre Kirkpatrick wouldn’t apologize, Jeremy Hill continued his hate for Terrible Towels (and then claimed he was hacked), Vontaze Burfict turned down an interview request, saying, “f*** everybody”, and Dalton said, “they played better than us”.
Here’s a roundup of the player, media and fan social media reaction following the game.
Jeremy Hill should of known better than to try and rip a terrble towel. Fabric is typically crusted with semen &tougher then spider silk— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) December 18, 2016
#32 on one today !!!— Giovani Bernard (@G_Bernard25) December 18, 2016
Jeremy Hill picked up a Terrible Towel, pretended to shred it, tossed it to ground after scoring. Bengals unabashedly showed it on big board— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 18, 2016
Jeremy Hill's TD celebration... pic.twitter.com/iWZCFK0866— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 18, 2016
Andy Dalton: "They just played better than us. That's what it comes down to." #Bengals— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) December 18, 2016
This has since been deleted:
And Hill is now claiming that his account was hacked (which, we don’t believe).
I was hacked— Jeremy Hill (@JeremyHill33) December 18, 2016
Andrew Whitworth: We just needed someone to make a big play - a big catch, run, throw. Just didn't happen. #Bengals— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) December 18, 2016
Ben says this was AFC North football, but a tale of two halves.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) December 18, 2016
Bengals haven't put up more than 21 against the Steelers in 15 straight games now. https://t.co/XGEGW7TkIL— aly cohen (@alyco32) December 18, 2016
Steelers can clinch the division with win at home against Ravens next week. Defending champion Bengals are eliminated.— Joe Kay (@apjoekay) December 18, 2016
Bengals were putrid in the second half. They ran a grand total of 19 plays, scoring zero points. Nice halftime adjustments, eh?— Chick Ludwig (@ChickLudwig) December 18, 2016
Jeremy Hill with 20 carries for 43 yards.— Joe Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 18, 2016
31 for 65 this year against Pittsburgh. That's 2.1 per carry.
For as solid as the #Bengals looked in a 20-point first half, settling for field goals inside the 7 was a killer. Issue they had all yr.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) December 18, 2016
The #Bengals offense goes AWOL in 2nd half- 38 yds and 0 points Unacceptable— Brad Steinke (@bradsteinke) December 18, 2016
In a second half the #Bengals led until the 7:49 mark of the game: 7 rushes, 8 yards.— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) December 18, 2016
The next Bengals head coach will be an offensive mind. Forrest Gregg and Sam Wyche played offense.— Chick Ludwig (@ChickLudwig) December 18, 2016
Watching a team gain 38 TOTAL YARDS in a half is not the best couple hours I've spent in front of a tv ...— Tony Pike (@TPike16) December 18, 2016
Dre Kirkpatrick yelling back at ref walking off: "Blew the game because of you. I didn't even touch that (n-word)." #Bengals— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) December 18, 2016
On passes thrown 20+ yards downfield, Ben Roethlisberger was 6/11 for 156 yards and a TD en route to being the highest graded Steeler on O. pic.twitter.com/ZG4NdWtMq8— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 18, 2016
We've been "eliminated" for a while.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) December 18, 2016
It's done. Blow it up.— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) December 18, 2016
“Watching this passing attack, it was like they were throwing it in a closet,”-Lap on #Bengals— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) December 18, 2016
The definition of "Bengalized." When all the life is sucked out of you, and you're mentally, physically and emotionally drained.— Chick Ludwig (@ChickLudwig) December 18, 2016
"It's different, is unfortunate the way the season has played out and we didn't play well enough to deserve that (postseason) this year."-AD— aly cohen (@alyco32) December 18, 2016
It was a very calm interaction from one person to another. We each are paid to do a job. My job? Ask star players about the game. https://t.co/Xquou1OsS3— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) December 18, 2016
Remember all the uproar of #Bengals fans wanting Hue or Zim as HC? Their teams are 7-21 this yr....3-17 since Wk 4— Scott Bantel (@ScottBantel) December 18, 2016
"Point blankly, it was a failure. We didn't reach our goals, but we're not going to stop playing." -- Tyler Eifert on this season— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) December 18, 2016
I'm not sry for shit I played my ass off. Sometimes shit don't go your way and u get bull shit calls but I'm only getting better. #WhoDey— Dre Kirkpatrick (@DreKirkSWAG) December 18, 2016
Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert said Bengals had "knucklehead penalties . . . cheap shots, unnecessary stuff."— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) December 18, 2016
Gilbert: "[Burfict] was driving his helmet in the back of Le’Veion, just kept digging and giving the extra elbows. I just got tired of it"— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) December 18, 2016
I was about to come on here and speak my mind but nah Im gonna take the professional route— Marquis Flowers (@MrHitThat_53) December 18, 2016