If you are a Cincinnati Bengals fan who watched the team fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 Monday night, you were probably thinking you’ve seen this show before.
But you would be wrong.
Yes, the Steelers have won six in a row against the Bengals. And nine of 10. And 14 of 17. And a remarkable 15 of 17 at Paul Brown Stadium.
But none of those losses involved the type of colossal collapse that occurred this time.
The Bengals had won 42 consecutive games and 57 of 58 in the Marvin Lewis era when leading by at least 10 points after three quarters. They were up 20-10 Monday night.
Of course none of those previous 58 games were against the Steelers.
The Bengals also were 35-3 under Lewis when leading by at least 14 at halftime. They were up 17-3 Monday night.
But again, none of those previous 38 games were against the Steelers.