A week removed from a heartbreaking AFC North loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Paul Brown Stadium for a pivotal contest against the Cincinnati Bengals. A win had the potential to propel the Black and Gold back into the division lead.
A loss would have dropped the Steelers to 0-3 against division opponents and possibly into the midst of a thick AFC Wild Card race.
Thankfully for Steelers Country, the hills of Western Pennsylvania were filled with rejoice over a pivotal win.
While Pittsburgh goes ahead of Cincinnati in the standings, the Bengals fought back from an early deficit and proved that their 6-3 record is indicative of a cat whose claws are very much intact. Any notion that the young upstarts would go away quietly were dispatched when the team rebounded to tie the game in the second half.
However, any thoughts of championship contention in Western Ohio were also brought to proper perspective with a barrage of late turnovers against an experienced defense.
After giving up the game-winning touchdown to Joe Flacco and the Ravens last week, Willie Gay and the Steelers defense stepped up their game to deny rookie Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter. The cornerback's key interception essentially ended the contest.
For those Black and Gold-blooded friends who enjoyed Pittsburgh's successful "Jungle Rumble," here are 10 observations from Sunday's win.