Just when you thought the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals would be done with each other until the 2018 regular season, a new wrinkle in the heated rivalry gets dug up.
This time it is none other than Chris Boswell who is stirring up dust.
Boswell is claiming the Bengals jumped offsides, on the would-be game-winning field goal attempt, was intentional, and aimed at injuring him in the process.
Take a look at the video below to see the play he is talking about:
The #Bengals offsides on the potential game-winning kick #Steelers @WizardOfBoz09 deemed was intentionally trying to injure him. pic.twitter.com/C0eDNAy5Kc— BTSC Steelers (@btsteelcurtain) December 6, 2017
It almost looks as if the rusher stops near the football and throws his foot in front of the ball. Whether this was to just block the kick, or to injure Boswell is certainly up for interpretation.
Hear what Boswell had to say about the play, and why he isn’t happy about it:
The Bengals jumped offsides prior to Chris Boswell kicking the game winning field goal Monday. Boswell thinks it was in tentional. "You're not jumping offsides that bad without trying to run into the kicker" pic.twitter.com/HeKIyP7k63— Jaime Baker (@JBaker_WTAJ) December 6, 2017
There will never be a definitive answer to any play like this. You can chalk this up to a “he said, he said” type debate. The Bengals will deny it, while Boswell is crying foul. Either way, the NFL, and both teams, are likely happy to just be done with the other for another season.
What do you think? Was this intentional, with an intent to injure, or just another bone-headed play which moved Boswell 5-yards closer to the game-winning field goal...which he nailed?
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Was the Bengals jumping offsides a clean play, or dirty?
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Intentional, but wasn’t trying to injure
Intentional, dirty and trying to injury Boswell
Just another bone-headed Bengals play, nothing intentional