The fans might not have showed up for this game, just over 45,000, but the Steelers sure did.
Say what you want about getting the young guys in the game or tanking to get a better draft position, but, at least to this coaching staff and these players, these games still matter, regardless of the team's slim playoff hopes.
It matters to Ben Roethlisberger that he's never had a losing season in any sport.
It matters to the Steelers that they're unbeaten at home in division games and have a chance to finish this season with the best divisional record in the AFC North.
It matters to the veterans on this team that they show the young guys that you don't quit, you don't give up on a season, regardless of the odds.
That's why these guys are still playing hard. They might not always win, but the effort is going to be there.
@ Terence Garvin. Enough said.
@ OK, a little more about Garvin, whose hit on Bengals punter Kevin Huber was the last big block needed on Antonio Brown's punt return for a touchdown.
Garvin went undrafted. Then, when everybody went out and signed rookies following the draft, nobody called the former safety turned linebacker out of WVU.
But the Steelers had a rookie tryout just before their first mini-camp, mostly for local players and invited Garvin.
He impressed the team enough with his speed and coverage ability that they kept him around. Then, he beat the odds and beat out a number of more proven players to earn a spot on the team as a special teams guy.
The Steelers have used him at times when they've played a nickel defense, as they did Sunday night against the Bengals.
You think there's going to be any quit in that guy?
@ The Steelers passed on Eddie Lacy to take Le'veon Bell as their potential feature back.
Seems like a bad miss at this point, right?
Not so fast. Bell now has 1,034 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 11 games. Lacy has 1,264 yards and eight scores in 13 games.
That's 94 yards per game for Bell and 97.2 for Lacy.
Is Lacy the better pure runner? Sure. But Bell's contributions in the passing game, both receiving and blocking, can't be overlooked.
It's not the knockout in favor of Lacy that some might think.
@ I continue to see Tweets and hear questions about Todd Haley's offense.
The Steelers have now scored 20 or more points in seven consecutive games. That's the first time that has happened since they opened the 2007 season scoring 20 or more in nine straight games.
Roethlisberger likes this offense, which is giving him more control than ever, ala. Peyton Manning. It's what he's always wanted.
And Bell fits what they do perfectly, though I'd still like to see him do a better job closing things out late in games. But the Steelers were able to use Jonathan Dwyer to do that on their final drive Sunday night.
Kelvin Beachum looks like he could be the answer at left tackle. And the Steelers can decide whether they want to continue with Marcus Gilbert or Mike Adams at right tackle.
A big receiver, and there are a lot of good ones in this year's draft, would really be the icing on the cake, helping with the red zone issues.
@ The Bengals, for some reason, decided to just rush two on Roethlisberger's only touchdown pass of this game.
Why in the world would you give the world's best playground football player five-plus seconds to run around and look for somebody to get open?
@ The Steelers are still alive in the playoff hunt.
Basically, what needs to happen is for the final wildcard spot to come down to a group of 8-8 teams and the Jets be one of those clubs.
It's a longshot, to be sure, but it's still a shot.