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Brutish Bengals play gifts Pittsburgh steelers wild card victory

Published 11/01/2016 | 02:30

Martavis Bryant catches the ball for a touchdown during the Steelers victory over the Bengals. Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Martavis Bryant catches the ball for a touchdown during the Steelers victory over the Bengals. Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat bitter rivals the Cincinnati Bengals in a bone-jarring, ill-tempered 18-16 last second victory in their AFC Wild Card play-off game on Saturday.

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The contest seemed to be in the hands of the Bengals after roaring back from a 15-0 deficit with 16 fourth-quarter points and taking control of the ball with less than two minutes remaining after a Vontaze Burfict interception.

Then Bengals running back Jeremy Hill fumbled and the Steelers recovered deep in their own territory.

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant made the most spectacular score of the third quarter when he somersaulted to hold on to a catch and then score a touchdown. In the dying seconds, the Steelers benefited from a pair of personal foul calls, a ferocious late hit to the head by Burfict against receiver Antonio Brown and another 15-yard personal foul to cornerback Adam Jones gifted Pittsburgh with a game-winning 35-yard field goal by Chris Boswell.

Last night Blair Walsh's missed 27-yard field goal in the final half minute cost Minnesota Vikings a place in the NFC Divisional final as they suffered a 10-9 wild card play-off defeat to the Seattle Seahawks.

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