The Steelers vs. Bengals Rivalry: “Kimo’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World” and its Aftermath

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Postscript/Aftermath:

The Steelers of course made their miracle run to Super Bowl XL and finally earned “One for the Thumb” almost a month after the Cincinnati game.  The Bengals however weren’t so lucky.

Even though Palmer came back, and did in fact beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh during the 2006 regular season, Cincinnati missed the post-season.  Why?  Well future Super Bowl M.V.P. and Rookie WR Sansmokio Holmes took a slant pass from Big Ben in O.T. of the team’s Week 17 matchup for a long TD and Cincinnati’s Playoff dreams went up in smoke.

Palmer suffered through two medicore/injury plagued seasons in 2007 and 2008 where the Bengals drastically underachieved.  Luckily for Palmer, he got at least a bit of redemption in 2009 when the Bengals swept the Steelers and won the A.F.C. North again.  Sadly for them, they lost the Wild Card game that they were hosting and went 4-12 the following season.

Palmer, sick of Cincinnati and the organization, demanded a trade.  And finally Mike Brown shipped him off to Oakland close to a month ago.  Finished was an era that for a brief minute saw the Bengals on the right track.  They had given their Pro Bowl QB a $90 million contract, had a great Offense, and a Defense that thrived on causing turnovers.  Riding high, they finally appeared ready to join the A.F.C.’s elite in 2005.  Sadly, in one foul swoop Kimo von Oelhoffen completely altered sports history.

Would the Bengals have won the game had Palmer been able to finish?  Nobody knows.  We can play the “What If?” game all we want, but nothing will change what took place and has happened up to this point.  Cincinnati appears to be on the right track again with QB Andy Dalton at the helm and a stout Defense.  Maybe this is the time that they can change the 2 Decades of dominance by the Steelers in the rivalry?

Tune in Sunday afternoon to find out.

 

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  • Kimmy

    Excellent post Dom! Took me right back to watching that game in my parents living room. I remember thinking that it sucked for Palmer to go out like that but Houshermama shouldn’t have awoken the curse of the Terrible Towel lol. I remember being just as pleased the following season when we knocked them out of the playoff race even though we were out of it.

  • Kimmy

    Excellent post Dom! Took me right back to watching that game in my parents living room. I remember thinking that it sucked for Palmer to go out like that but Houshermama shouldn’t have awoken the curse of the Terrible Towel lol. I remember being just as pleased the following season when we knocked them out of the playoff race even though we were out of it.

  • DomDiTolla

    @Kimmy Thanks for the kind words Kim. I also loved seeing Sansmokio take them down the following season too. I miss those wonderful 5 yard slant patterns that he could take 60 to the house. Maybe Manny and A.B. could turn in a few of those before the year ends? (Crossing Fingers).

  • DomDiTolla

    @Kimmy Thanks for the kind words Kim. I also loved seeing Sansmokio take them down the following season too. I miss those wonderful 5 yard slant patterns that he could take 60 to the house. Maybe Manny and A.B. could turn in a few of those before the year ends? (Crossing Fingers).

  • ToddWilliams

    Good post…I remember watching that game in my friend’s living room. When that pass was completed, I remember thinking, “Oh, boy..here we go.” I remember feeling like the game was a toss-up because the Bengals were pretty good with Palmer. I was initially relieved that he was out, as I knew we could beat Cincinnati without him. But there was also part of me that felt like the victory would have been more complete if he hadn’t been taken out of the game.

  • ToddWilliams

    Good post…I remember watching that game in my friend’s living room. When that pass was completed, I remember thinking, “Oh, boy..here we go.” I remember feeling like the game was a toss-up because the Bengals were pretty good with Palmer. I was initially relieved that he was out, as I knew we could beat Cincinnati without him. But there was also part of me that felt like the victory would have been more complete if he hadn’t been taken out of the game.

  • RickHarmon

    i really dont see the big deal..ppl acting like Cincy outplayd Pitt last game,sure..Dalton playd ok for a rookie..but other then that HAIL mary eyes closed touchdown pass to Aj Green. which Troy and Ryan just lookd at the ball and eachother it wasent really close..and of corse Arians “prevent SCORING offence” in the second half and Laboes “saggy HOLES everywhere zone defence” allows teams to stick around ( Kansas City) nothin new to

    Steeler fans.But let other ppl tell it Cincy is really a threat..really??Only a Bengal fan would find something good in a loss. I just read a Dolphins blog about Arians..the man hasent been consistant anywhere hes been..NFL OR COLLEGE,no wounder his game plan from week to week..quarter to quarter are so sperratic. I truely hope the Dolphions offer him a job at the end of the year,and he accepts.

  • RickHarmon

    i really dont see the big deal..ppl acting like Cincy outplayd Pitt last game,sure..Dalton playd ok for a rookie..but other then that HAIL mary eyes closed touchdown pass to Aj Green. which Troy and Ryan just lookd at the ball and eachother it wasent really close..and of corse Arians “prevent SCORING offence” in the second half and Laboes “saggy HOLES everywhere zone defence” allows teams to stick around ( Kansas City) nothin new to

    Steeler fans.But let other ppl tell it Cincy is really a threat..really??Only a Bengal fan would find something good in a loss. I just read a Dolphins blog about Arians..the man hasent been consistant anywhere hes been..NFL OR COLLEGE,no wounder his game plan from week to week..quarter to quarter are so sperratic. I truely hope the Dolphions offer him a job at the end of the year,and he accepts.

  • DomDiTolla

    @RickHarmon I couldn’t agree with you more on specific points Rick. Dalton was less than stellar in the first matchup and has played against weak competition all season. That pass to Green was a dying quail and despite the media’s fluffing of Dalton we all know that he was the reason they lost that day. 15/30 is not going to cut it in Cincy. during a must-win game. He played even worse at Baltimore, and despite the constant love for his stats from that game, his mistakes cost the Bengals dearly.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say Cincinnati isn’t a threat though. Cincinnati is still a threat to run the ball however as Benson and Scott gashed the Steelers in their last matchup. But as long as they are held to mediocre days we shouldn’t worry, because as it was illustrated in both the Pittsburgh and Baltimore games, Andy Dalton can’t carry the load just yet and has shown a propensity for late-game Rookie mistakes.

    Loved what you said about Arians probably the most. Too many points have been left on the board during his tenure (along with the questionable play calling) and it is my dream that he seeks employment elsewhere. His play-calling allows inferior opposition to stay in games and take advantage of LeBeau’s super-lax zone strategy (when they have a lead, not their Base-D/Nickel Zone which is effective) to gobble up yards and points when stops are needed the most. If the Steelers had a competent O.C. with their Offensive weapons it would be an outright awesome sight.

    Thank you for your comments, and please keep coming back to NPC.

  • DomDiTolla

    @RickHarmon I couldn’t agree with you more on specific points Rick. Dalton was less than stellar in the first matchup and has played against weak competition all season. That pass to Green was a dying quail and despite the media’s fluffing of Dalton we all know that he was the reason they lost that day. 15/30 is not going to cut it in Cincy. during a must-win game. He played even worse at Baltimore, and despite the constant love for his stats from that game, his mistakes cost the Bengals dearly.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say Cincinnati isn’t a threat though. Cincinnati is still a threat to run the ball however as Benson and Scott gashed the Steelers in their last matchup. But as long as they are held to mediocre days we shouldn’t worry, because as it was illustrated in both the Pittsburgh and Baltimore games, Andy Dalton can’t carry the load just yet and has shown a propensity for late-game Rookie mistakes.

    Loved what you said about Arians probably the most. Too many points have been left on the board during his tenure (along with the questionable play calling) and it is my dream that he seeks employment elsewhere. His play-calling allows inferior opposition to stay in games and take advantage of LeBeau’s super-lax zone strategy (when they have a lead, not their Base-D/Nickel Zone which is effective) to gobble up yards and points when stops are needed the most. If the Steelers had a competent O.C. with their Offensive weapons it would be an outright awesome sight.

    Thank you for your comments, and please keep coming back to NPC.