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On Sunday, against the 0-10 Cincinnati Bengals, it appeared as if the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to be the lone team that gave up a win to their AFC North rivals. It's just been that kind of a season in 2019 for the Steelers. Thankfully, there were a few key players - especially Bud Dupree - that came up big and were able to rally Pittsburgh to a 16-10 win.
Late in the fourth quarter, with the Steelers only ahead by two Chris Boswell field goals, Ryan Finley had the Bengals offense ready to make a move for the lead and potentially the win. Pinned fairly well inside their end of the field, Finley lined up in the shotgun formation on second-and-two with just 2:50 left on the game clock.
Dupree, however, wasn't going to allow Finley the opportunity to get the Bengals any closer after the defense (and Pittsburgh offense) struggled off-and-on throughout the game. Beating his man off of the edge, Dupree flew into the Bengals' offensive backfield where Finley had his back turned to him. Feeling the pressure, Finley tried to step up in the pocket but Dupree was able to smack the ball out of the quarterback's hand. After several players hit the turf to grab the loose ball, it was Dupree who exited the pile with the ball in his hands.
With the takeaway, the Steelers were able to pull off a close come-from-behind win in the second half and finish the game out on a positive note thanks to Dupree's heads-up play. Pittsburgh moves to 6-5 on the season and is still in the playoff hunt.