THE LAST TIME:
Steelers 31, Bengals 17; Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals' first playoff game in 15 years ended in disappointment as the Steelers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second quarter, shutting out the Bengals the final 36 minutes of the game. Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer suffered two torn ligaments on the Bengals' second offensive play of the game when Pittsburgh DE Kimo von Oelhoffen slammed into Palmer's left knee. Despite the loss, the Bengals built a 17-7 lead behind backup Jon Kitna. Kitna threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 6:13 left in the second quarter, but that would be the last time the Bengals would score. Pittsburgh responded with a touchdown drive of its own, capped by Ben Roethlisberger's 5-yard scoring toss to Hines Ward. Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes in the game on just 19 attempts. Pittsburgh held the Bengals to six first downs and 105 net yards of offense in the second half. Kitna was intercepted twice in the second half, while the Steelers sealed the game with a 43-yard touchdown from Roethlisberger to WR Cedrick Wilson on a play that started with Antwaan Randle El taking the snap, running right and then throwing back to Roethlisberger who then found Wilson wide open behind the defense. It was the first of three straight road wins in the playoffs for the Steelers, who then went on to beat Seattle in Super Bowl XL.