Boswell boots Steelers past Bengals, 23-20

Posted on Dec 5 2017 - 1:22pm by Rachael McKriger
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Chris Boswell has done it again.

Boswell, for the third time this season, booted the game-winning field goal for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did it against the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and now against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Boswell’s kick was originally from 43-yards out, but after an offsides penalty from Cincinnati, it moved up to a 38-yard field goal.

Boswell converted three field goals on the night, and two extra point attempts to finalize a 23-20 final score.

However, much of the attention from the Steelers win was placed on linebacker Ryan Shazier.

Early in the first quarter, Shazier left the game on a stretcher. He was taken to a nearby Cincinnati hospital for treatment on his lower back. He was not moving his legs after he hit the turf, trying to make a tackle.

After the game, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert released a statement on Shazier’s injury.

“Ryan suffered a back injury and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he had a CT scan and an MRI to evaluate the condition of his back,” the statement read. “Ryan’s injury will not require surgery at this time, and he continues to improve. He will stay overnight to continue evaluations with the hopes of returning to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. We will provide further updates at the appropriate time.”

Head coach Mike Tomlin said that Shazier was the team’s “brother” after the game.

“This is a tough game, a tough business,” said Tomlin. “5-0 is our brother. Our thoughts and prayers out to him. I don’t have any update in terms of his status. He is receiving quality medical care. We’ll release an update at the appropriate time. We are just happy he is getting the necessary medical attention he deserves. He has a lot of brothers in there that are thoughtful about him and wanted to honor that performance for him.”

According to NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala, Shazier’s family was flown to Cincinnati by the Steelers to be at his side. There has been no update on Shazier’s injury.

“We care about that man,” said Tomlin. “We care about all of the men. That’s just a tough element of our game. One that we all understand. We had to get back on task and we were able to do it and make enough plays to win the game.”

“When you see a guy like that, who put all his heart and how much hard work he puts in and has an unfortunate injury like that, you want to get it done for him,” running back Le’Veon Bell said. “I’m sure he probably was somewhere getting updates about the game, worried about us. At the same time we were worried about him. He’s in our prayers.”

As for the game, the Steelers dominated in the air.

Bell led the receivers with 106 yards on five receptions. Bell recorded a single touchdown, as did Antonio Brown, who followed up with 101 yards on eight receptions.

On the ground, Bell rushed for 76 yards on 18 carries. It was Bell’s fifth game in a row that he has not rushed over 100 yards.

On defense for the Steelers, Coty Sensabaugh made five solo tackles, and one assisted tackle, leading the group. Vince Williams and Bud Dupree each recorded a single sack on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

Meanwhile, on offense for the Bengals, Dalton threw 21 completed passes for 234 yards. His two touchdown passes fell into the hands of A.J. Green.

Green led the Bengals receivers with 77 yards on seven receptions.

The Steelers will have a quick turn around when they face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.

Photo of Chris Boswell courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers official website.

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