However, a couple of injuries occurred in that game which might affect Pittsburgh's chances against the Broncos this Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High--Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder injury; Antonio Brown's concussion-- and the events which took place at Paul Brown Stadium are still reverberating days later.
As it pertains to the blow to Brown's head courtesy of Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on the pivotal drive in Pittsburgh's win on Saturday--the one that resulted in a 15-yard penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver that ultimately led to the events that caused Adam "Pacman" Jones to get penalized an additional 15-yards for trying to take a swing at Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter and hitting an official instead--it's an actual fact that the best wide receiver in the game today (maybe the best football player) is in the league's concussion protocol and might miss Sunday's Divisional Playoff match-up.
Instead of acting like a grown man and maybe owning up to Burfict and his mistakes that ultimately cost his team its first playoff victory in a quarter of a century, Jones has spent this week acting like a heel manager on par with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and has insisted that Brown dramatized his flop to the ground after the hit by Burfict and is faking the fact that he has a concussion.
Jones has continued his irreverent ways since Saturday night, when he called Joey Porter "Jerry" during a post-game social media video rant, and went on the Dan Patrick Show Monday and said Brown deserved a Grammy for his performance after the hit (for Best Musical Arrangement of a Fake Concussion, perhaps?). According to Pro Football Talk, Jones went on to tell Patrick that Brown winked at him as the receiver was being helped off the field.
Seriously, was Jones being interviewed by Dan Patrick or the late Gorilla Monsoon?
And in perhaps the ultimate weasel, heel move, Jones went on Showtime's Inside the NFL on Tuesday and said he would apologize to Brown if Brown doesn't play against Denver: "I will if he don't play. But you know and I know that when Saturday gets here, all that will go out the window. He will be cleared to play Friday, I promise you."
Of course, much like "Jerry" and "Grammy," Jones was wrong about the actual day of the game (it's Sunday). Jones has been so off the mark since he swung at Porter and missed on Saturday, I wouldn't be surprised if he mistakenly referred to himself as Andrew "Frogger" Johnson in a future interview.
Anyway, while Jones has been going on and on about Brown faking his concussion, he doesn't seem to get that it doesn't matter. The official who threw the flag with mere seconds left, didn't do so because he was actually a doctor and was knowledgeable about concussion symptoms; he threw the flag because Burfict lowered his shoulder into the side of Brown's head after the receiver had just gone up to try and catch a pass and was totally defenseless--the play should be shown to every single NFL team as it may be the best example of the defenseless receiver rule.
It wouldn't have mattered if Brown got up after being attended to, grabbed the referee's microphone and announced to all the Bengals fans in the stands that they were suckers and that he wasn't hurt at all; it was the action of Burfict--his intent--that drew the foul.
In the real world, if a person is convicted of attempted murder, that person usually goes to jail for life. While a murder may not have actually been committed, the intent was there, and that's really all that matters.
Of all the idiotic things Adam Jones has done during his football career--and there have been many--perhaps the dumbest have taken place this week and include accusations that a fellow football player and human being is actually faking a brain injury after an excessive and flagrant hit to his head.
Maybe Brown should challenge Pacman to a retirement match and end his career with The Double-Move of Doom that will no doubt leave the defensive back flailing at air, much like he has been all week long.