Familiar foe awaits Bengals in playoffs
CINCINNATI — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was so engrossed in his team's ugly win that he had to ask how the other playoff-related games turned out. Even before he had heard all the scores, he knew where it was headed. "We play Pittsburgh?" Lewis said. Yep. Again. Back at the scene of a season-turning loss. AJ McCarron overcame a slow start and passed for a pair of touchdowns for the AFC North champs, who host the Steelers this weekend. On Dec. 13, the Steelers won 33-20 at Cincinnati, with QB Andy Dalton breaking his right thumb while making a tackle. McCarron took over and threw two interceptions. The teams got into a scuffle before the game and had numerous personal fouls throughout it. "It's a great matchup and a great rivalry," said McCarron, 2-1 as a starter in Dalton's place. The Bengals haven't won a playoff game since the 1990 season.