Slideshow: A win for pride -- and for the coach

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Photos by Peter Diana
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers shared some of the disappointment of their long, disappointing Super Bowl reign with Cincinnati yesterday. On a rainy New Year's Eve they hung a 23-17 overtime victory on the Bengals, eliminating Cincinnati from the playoffs on the final game of the regular season for the second year in a row.

The teams are right where they ended last season -- deadlocked in the AFC North Division -- but this time at 8-8 each.

Both teams were preseason Super Bowl favorites. Both ended short of the playoffs.

For Cincinnati, the final blow came when rookie Santonio Holmes caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger on the third play of overtime to win it for the Steelers.

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You must have Flash player to view this feature. The slideshow may take several minutes to download over a dial-up connection. Primary photography by Peter Diana . Supplemental images by Al Behrman and David Kohl of the Associated Press. The music is by the Mt. Lebanon High School Drumline.


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