Ah, the Cincinnati Bengals.
After storming back from a 15-0 fourth-quarter deficit in Saturday’s wild-card clash against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati looked all-but-assured to win its first playoff game since January 1991.
And then the Bengals became the Bungles.
Leading 16-15 with less than 1:30 to go, Jeremy Hill fumbled the ball at the Pittsburgh nine-yard line, Vontaze Burfict was hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty to put the Steelers in striking distance, and then Adam Jones capped it off with a personal foul of his own in the aftermath of the Burfict penalty to gift the Steelers a 35-yard field goal to seal the 18-16 victory.
Along with injuries to key players, trash being thrown on the field, and multiple skirmishes between players and coaches alike, Saturday night's was one of the nastier playoff games football fans have seen in a while.
And of course, the Twitterverse is out in full force to voice its opinion. Here are just some of the highlights.
What did I just watch
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) January 10, 2016
NFL needs to look at why J. Porter was on field after the @AntonioBrown84 hit. No reason for a position coach to be on the field.
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) January 10, 2016
Burfict penalty was very big. But Joey Porter drawing the Pacman penalty really won the game.
— Rich Hofmann (@TheIdleRich) January 10, 2016
Marvin Lewis' biggest mistake was naming El Chapo as defensive coordinator.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) January 10, 2016
One of my favorite players to talk to has a saying: "You can't have too much stupid in one room." And the Bengals loss is Exhibit A.
— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) January 10, 2016
You're all hypocrites. If Jeremy Hill hadn't fumbled, or they had flagged Porter, and Bengals won, no one would call for Marvin Lewis' job.
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) January 10, 2016
Steelers-Bengals was simultaneously all of the arguments for and against the NFL.
— Barry Petchesky (@barryap1) January 10, 2016
Good call. No question about that one. Just a stupid, dangerous play by Burfict. #PITvsCIN
— Ben Ross (@BenRossKOLO) January 10, 2016
It's times like this, being a Jet fan isn't THAT bad. Thanks Bengals. #PITvsCIN
— Steve Simon (@SteveSimonSays) January 10, 2016
After throwing trash and cheering at a player being carted off, Cincinnati fans got what they deserved. Enjoy it. #PITvsCIN
— Paul Driscoll (@PDriscollTBT) January 10, 2016
For the first time in ages the cliche "these two teams don't like each other" is actually legit not just words. #PITvsCIN
— Jamie Thomas (@SNJamieWThomas) January 10, 2016
I thought the Bengals might defeat the Steelers. Then I remembered the Bengals are the Bengals. #PITvsCIN
— Tre Hargett (@SecTreHargett) January 10, 2016
What is this, the 7th inning of a Jays playoff game? #PITvsCIN
— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) January 10, 2016
— OptaJack (@OptaJack) January 10, 2016
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) January 10, 2016
— Anthony DiMoro (@AnthonyDiMoro) January 10, 2016