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In the End, Joey Porter Once Again Beats the Bengals


He was the voice of the Steelers when he lined up at outside linebacker, and now as a coach, it appears that very little has changed.

Joey Porter’s actions Saturday night in Cincinnati led the Steelers to a win over the Bengals, an improbable win based on the circumstances that gave the Steelers the chance to kick a game-winning field goal in the final seconds to move onto Denver to play the Broncos next Sunday.

In case you live under a rock and don’t know what Porter did, the coach came onto the field after Antonio Brown was knocked silly by a dumb hit by Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict, and proceeded to get into it (like he always did), chirping with Bengals players.

The result, Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones bumped an official, causing another 15 yards to be added on, allowing Chris Boswell to attempt a much more easier 35-yard field goal for the win.

Bengals fans are irate that Porter was even allowed onto the field, and are calling for the officials and wondering why the former linebacker wasn’t flagged for getting into what became a wild war of words and hits between the two rivals.

Porter is going to pay for coming onto the field, according to Adam Schefter who says a fine is coming his way

Some are already saying that Mike Tomlin had Porter go on to the field specifically to try and engage with Bengals players, with the hopes of them doing something dumb (to which they delivered).

In the end, it was the Bengals who clearly lost their cool, and because of it, lost the game.

For Porter? He got a game ball for his troubles according to a couple of reports, and the Steelers live to fight another day in the NFL Playoffs.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. DrGeorge

    January 10, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Pittsburgh fans on various blog sites are proving themselves more civil and better sports than their counterparts in Cincinnati by not excusing Porter’s behavior, even with a knowing wink and a smile. Shefter is right. Porter will be fined and he should be; and if Tomlin encouraged him to do it, he should be fined too. We cannot condemn the actions of Burfict and Jones last night and then turn around, self-righteously, and exonerate Porter. It’s called respect for the game. Last night’s game bordered at times on a street fight. That creates another big image problem for the NFL for inspiring or condoning violence. In policing the game, the NFL head office cannot give Porter a free pass. And ironically enough, if the referees had done their job and tossed Burfict out of the game, Cincinnati would probably have won.

  2. Char

    January 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    But what about the hit on Antonio Brown. You don’t have anything to say about that. As serious as concussions effect players. Both teams were wrong granted, but intwntional hits throwing cans at injured players. It was bad.

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