Saturday’s AFC Wildcard game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals proved why it probably isn’t a good idea to let two rivals play each other until absolutely necessary. Things were out of hand with cheap shots being thrown by both coaches and players, fans tossing debris on the field and at players, and one player taking a scary hit to the head near the end of the game.
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict possibly cost his team the game as the Steelers were driving for a game-winning field goal. He hit wide receiver Antonio Brown with an nasty and illegal hit, which gave the Steelers 15 yards and the spot they needed to seal the victory.
However, that wasn’t the first dirty play he made in the game. Burfict sacked Ben Roethlisberger earlier in the game on what looked to be a relatively clean play.
On closer inspection, it seemed as though Burfict took an extra shot at the quarterback, kneeing him in the shoulder. Roethlisberger was carted off the field and back to the locker room after the player with an apparent shoulder injury.
That may not be the clearest angle, but it certainly does look like it was an intentional knee from Burfict. He will likely be fined and suspended for the hit on Brown, but I think it’s safe to say this new evidence will warrant an even bigger fine and a guaranteed suspension.
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