One thing’s for sure about the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers.
They don’t quit.
They didn’t quit after starting the season 0-4.
They didn’t quit after one of the most humiliating losses in their history at New England.
They didn’t quit after last week’s loss to the Dolphins, their most heartbreaking defeat in the post-Tebow era.
The Steelers kept their infinitesimal playoff hopes alive Sunday night with a 30-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field.
A week earlier, the Steelers stood dazed on the snow-covered Heinz Field grass, incredulous that a last-second miracle could be taken away – along with any realistic chance of making the playoffs – because Antonio Brown stepped out of bounds.
The Steelers didn’t allow Sunday’s game to be decided by a few inches. They tied a franchise record for points in the first quarter, taking a 21-0 lead.
Even though they entered the game riding a three-game winning streak and had a chance to climb into the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Bengals looked like the team trying to recover from an emotional loss.