Right from the start, it was obvious that the Bengals were playing with a level of energy on the defensive side of the ball that we haven’t seen this season.
After each team exchanged two punts, the Bengals recovered a fumble that resulted in a FG ,giving them the early 3-0 lead.
However, the Steelers couldn’t stop turning the ball over, as another fumble resulted in a four-yard Giovani Bernard scoring run to make it 10-0.
Once again, the Bengals’ defense forced a turnover as they came up with an interception that resulted in another Bernard touchdown, pushing the lead to 17-0.
Neither team was able to find points the rest of the half, and surprisingly, the Bengals held a 17-0 lead at the break.
The Bengals received the ball to start the second half and immediately had a 3-and-out. That was followed by a four-play TD drive by the Steelers to get on the board 17-7.
After another 3-and-out, the Steelers march down the field but were held to a FG, moving the score to 17-10.
With all of the momentum with the Steelers, the Bengals needed to answer, and that is what they did.
After forcing a Steelers punt, Ryan Finley led a nine-play 80-yard TD drive capped off by him taking a read option play into the end zone to push the lead to 24-10 in the 4th quarter.
The Bengals had a chance to put a cap on this one, but a dropped INT and a costly pass interference penalty allowed the Steelers to find the end zone to make it 24-17 with just over five minutes to play.
The Bengals were able to burn some time, but the Steelers got the ball back with a chance to tie it up with just over two minutes to go. ,
However, the Bengals were able to get a stop on 4th down and knocked home a FG to ice this one, as the good guys beat the Steelers 27-17 on Monday Night Football.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the game:
This feels like when Ralphie finally snapped and unloaded on Scut Farkus. #Bengals— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) December 22, 2020
STEELER AND BENGAL GAMES DO BE GIVING US SOME CLASSIC TAUNTING— BB (@Beehighb534) December 22, 2020
Fun Fact: Juju Smith Schuster has more TikToks (95) than receiving yards in a game this season (93). pic.twitter.com/l0Rz7eff37— ✈️ (@mldiffley) December 22, 2020
Confirmed: watching is not as fun as playing.— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) December 22, 2020
remember those Steeler fans who said Baker's 22/22 5 TDs wasn't impressive because it was vs the Bengals? Well...— Quincy Carrier (@Kwen_C) December 22, 2020
The two-win Bengals without Joe Burrow are bullying the Steelers, talking trash, high-stepping, making big hits and winning 17-0... Something is happening in Cincinnati tonight. #Bengals— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) December 22, 2020
What the heck is going on I turn on the game and cincy is smashing the Steelers this can’t be true without joe burrow this nuts any given Monday I guess..!— King me (@sammywatkins) December 22, 2020
I enjoy the Bengals Steelers rivalry more than the Ravens Steelers rivalry— Fat Paulie (@ASAPVELL18) December 22, 2020
The #Bengals had a change to plunge the dagger on their last two series and went 3 and out on both.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) December 22, 2020
A few notable first half stats:— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 22, 2020
Roethlisberger: 7 of 16 for 19 yards and an INT.
Steelers: 40 yards on 29 plays and two first downs.
Teams combined 3 of 16 on third downs
The #Bengals would have an even bigger lead if they had a QB that could throw.— Marc C (@mcthekid75) December 22, 2020
How I wish the Bengals had Joe Burrow tonight— Optout Lardass (@C_Petitt) December 22, 2020
Carl Lawson is having himself a game rushing the passer. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) December 22, 2020
Steelers Bengals is always violent. Physical football. All these hits making me jumpy— Old Soul (@mrold_soul) December 22, 2020
A Ryan Finley read option. WOW— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) December 22, 2020
Nine plays, 80 yards, 5 first downs, 5:54 off the clock.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 22, 2020
That was ideal in every way.
Bengals lead, 24-10. We have 11:21 left.
Carl Lawson has been dominant tonight.— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) December 22, 2020
William Jackson just dropped on INT.— Santa Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 22, 2020
Like dropping Virat Kohli during a run chase. Could come back to haunt you.
In a twist, Bengals have dropped more Roethlisberger passes than Steelers tonight. Whew— John Toperzer (@PiratesTalk) December 22, 2020
WJ3 went from an almost INT to a dropped interception and costly penalty.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) December 22, 2020
my god the bengals ran a QB sneak on 3rd and 1 and it worked. why don't more teams do this— Robert O'Neill (@RobertONeill31) December 22, 2020
They try another QB keeper. It does not work this time.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 22, 2020
Bengals defense is going to need to get a stop in the final minutes.
You've seen this movie a few times this season.
That’s the best play of Darius Phillips’ career, and it might be the first time Cincinnati has ever stopped a deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger on a scramble play.— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) December 22, 2020
Bengals beat Steelers, Jets beat Rams, just as everyone expected...— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 22, 2020
ANY GIVEN MONDAY!!!— Trae Waynes (@TWaynes_15) December 22, 2020