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It wasn't a pretty start for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, as the team fell behind on the road to a division opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, 17-0 before a fast three-point drive to end the half 17-3.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the Steelers offense was showing signs of life, but failed to find the end zone after an 11-play, 74-yard drive. Following a 37-yard Chris Boswell field goal, Pittsburgh closed Cincy's lead to seven and was in dire need of their defense to make a stand.
And they would immediately make one.
On the Bengals very first play from scrimmage following the kickoff after Boswell's field goal, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler dialed up the perfect blitz, utilizing his inside linebacker Vince Williams.
Williams storms through the center of the Bengals offensive line, completely untouched, as Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton curls into the fetal position to brace for the big hit.
The sack would generate an eight-yard loss for the Bengals, followed by a false start penalty which dug them into a deeper hole, moving Cincinnati's offense all the way back to their own eight-yard line. Two plays later, the Bengals would punt, setting up the Steelers for their game-tying touchdown drive.