Cincinnati had every opportunity to win its first playoff game in 25 years. After three consecutive fourth-quarter scores gave the Bengals a one-point lead, linebacker Vontaze Burfict intercepted a pass from Steelers backup quarterback Landry Jones with just 1:43 remaining. Then the unthinkable happened.
Jeremy Hill's fumble on first down gave Pittsburgh one last chance to score and advance. Ben Roethlisberger, doing his best impersonation of Willis Reed, limped onto the field and drove his offense 44 yards before consecutive dumb penalties from Burfict and Adam "Pacman" Jones set up a game-winning, 35-yard field goal for Chris Boswell.
This turn of events was heartbreaking for bettors who took the Bengals moneyline, but meaningless for those who followed our advice last week and took Cincinnati with the points. That win pushes our record to 26-19 against the spread (57.78 percent) on the season. We hope to improve on those results with our newest contrarian betting system heading into the divisional round.