Twitter reacts to the insanity at the end of the Steelers-Bengals game

OK. So if you are on this page, you know that the end of the Bengals-Steelers first-round playoff game was totally bonkers.

It started with a Ben Roethlisberger injury at the end of the third quarter. Vontaze Burfict (remember him, because he's going to come back into the picture a few times) sacked Ben and drove him into the ground, injuring his shoulder. Ben was helped off the field and eventually carted off into the locker room.

While Landry Jones replaced Roethlisberger, AJ McCarron and the Bengals negotiated two touchdown drives sandwiched around a field goal to take a 16-15 lead. On Pittsburgh's first drive after Cincinnati took the lead, Landry Jones was picked off over the middle by ... Vontaze Burfict, who made an unbelievable play and then ran all the way off the field, through the tunnel and into the locker room.


On the next play, Bengals running back Jeremy Hill was stripped by Ryan Shazier while fighting for extra yards, and Pittsburgh had the ball back once again, having lost only five yards of field position and just under 30 seconds of comeback time.

With Jones having just been picked, Roethlisberger came back into the game to lead Pittsburgh's last season drive. He threw mostly screen passes and quick hitch routes, eventually getting Pittsburgh to fourth-and-3 to go from their own 41-yard line with 28 seconds to go. Ben found Antonio Brown for a quick pass and a 12-yard gain.

The next play was the one that basically decided the outcome. Roethlisberger finally let the ball go down the field, trying to find Brown over the middle. And Vontaze Burfict (here he is again), who had been out of control for basically the entire game, literally tried to take Brown's head off his body. Yes, literally. That word was used correctly there.

Brown remained down for several minutes while trainers and a couple of Steelers coaches came onto the field to tend to his head injury. While he was walking off the field, Adam Jones took another penalty for (apparently, per this EXTREMELY NSFW Instagram video he posted) responding to Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter's trash talking, when Porter wasn't supposed to be on the field.

Those 30 yards worth of penalties set the Steelers up for the game-winning field goal, which Chris Boswell knocked through the uprights.

And then everyone on Twitter went ballistic.

Burfict lowers the boom on Brown. (USATSI)
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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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