The Twittersphere was erupting when the Steelers got in a 14-3 hole to open this game following a Ben Roethlisberger sack and fumble - where the QB stepped right into the waiting arms of several Cincinnati pass rushers.
The season was over. It was time to start thinking about the draft, yada, yada, yada.
And just like that, the Steelers took back the momentum.
They also kept it, thanks to Keenan Lewis.
It was Lewis, on the opening possession of the second half, who peeled off his coverage after reading Andy Dalton's eyes and came back to help Ike Taylor in the end zone on A.J. Green.
If Lewis doesn't tip that ball away, it's a touchdown and a 21-14 Cincinnati lead.
Instead, the Bengals kicked a field goal and then gained a total of 28 yards on 17 plays the rest of the way.
@ I wrote on this blog last week that everything was still right there to accomplish for these Steelers.
It most certainly is now.
That was a signature defensive performance against what has been a pretty good offense.
Yes, the Steelers failed to record a sack, but they had consistent pressure throughout the evening to keep Dalton off balance.
And after the opening drive by the Bengals, the Steelers adjusted and kept Cincinnati from further gouging them on the ground.
It was also the first time this season that the running game looked competent.
I know, they ran the ball with some effectiveness against the Jets, but not as effectively as they did Sunday night against the Bengals.
@ Willie Colon showed some real nasty in this game. It's what everyone had been waiting for when the Steelers moved him inside to guard.
@ If not for some dropped passes, and some ill-timed penalties, this game would have been a 20-point blowout.
The biggest penalty to me was a holding call on DeMarcus Van Dyke - at least the third special teams penalty on him this season - that negated an Antonio Brown punt return to midfield.
That set up Roethlisberger stepping up into a fumble that handed the Bengals their second touchdown - on A.J. Green's only catch.
@ Taylor did a nice job on Green, following him around throughout the game.
I don't think that was originally the plan - or at least that's what Ryan Clark said.
Clark said he went to Mike Tomlin and asked that Taylor be put on Green one-on-one.
Taylor had help a lot of times with Green, and there's nothing wrong with that.
The way the current NFL rules are, it's damn near impossible to play defensive back in this league.