While all of the attention following the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals Wild Card Game has been on Cincinnati's Vontaze Burfict and Adam "Pacman" Jones, it was Bengals running back Jeremy Hill who set the stage for the team's epic meltdown.
After a Burfict interception with 96 seconds to play, Cincinnati was in position to either run out the clock or, at the very minimum, force Pittsburgh to score a touchdown with just more than a minute left and no timeouts. Things didn't go the way the Bengals had hoped.
And that's being kind.
Hill fumbled on the first play following Burfict's interception, giving Pittsburgh new life. Still, even with the fumble, the Steelers faced a long field as they tried to get the game-winning field goal.
Fortunately for them, the Bengals defense was more than willing to help. Pittsburgh got a last-minute field goal thanks to back-to-back personal fouls by Burfict and Jones to pull out an 18-16 victory.
As all of the craziness on the field was happening, Hill was having a hard time controlling his emotions on the sideline. Thanks to Showtime's Inside the NFL, we got a great look at the breakdown.
It's hard not to feel for Hill. The second-year running back struggled with fumbles this season and just happened to fumble at the worst possible time. Now he will spend the offseason (and perhaps the rest of his life) wondering what could have been had he just held on to the football.
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