NFL Opening weekend and the wild results from Steelers vs Bengals

Austin Irvin, Staff Reporter

Fall has arrived and it is a time of year that many Americans love: football season. The clash of helmets, the clap of pads, the roar of the fans. It all starts under some Thursday Night Lights at 8 p.m.

    Thursday Night Football, the first official game of the season, might just be a preview of what the Super Bowl could look like this year, as it took place at SoFi Stadium between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills. 

The Bills dominated the majority of the game thanks to star wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis combining for 210 receiving yards, twelve total receptions, and two touchdown receptions. Their star quarterback  (QB) Josh Allen was a big contribution to the Bills big win Thursday night, as he ran and threw for a total of 353 yards and 4 touchdowns.

    On the big day of Sunday football, tons of teams played and a big rivalry game occured between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. 

It started off hot for Pittsburgh, with a Cameron Heyward sack on Bengals star QB Joe Burrow and a quick interception by star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, returning it for a 31-yard pick six. 

Steelers went on to strike another touchdown in the second quarter by quarterback Mitch Trubisky to second-year Alabama product Najee Harris, for a score of 17-6 at halftime. 

The Bengals came out tough beginning the second half, as Burrow threw a touchdown to Wide Receiver (WR)  Tyler Boyd, their first touchdown of the 2022 campaign. The Bengals defense heldtough, limiting the Steelers to only three points from kicker Chris Boswell, as Pittsburgh struggled in the run game, only getting 23 yards from running back Najee Harris. This gave the Steelers 20 total points for today. 

 The newly revamped Cincinnati offense then scored another touchdown by young star Wide Receiver Ja’marr Chase with only seconds left in regulation, and then the fate of the game rested on the leg of Bengals kicker Evan McPherson. 

The kick was blocked by the star safety. Minkah Fitzpatrick, who started the game off big, ended regulation with a clutch-blocked kick and sent the already tense game into overtime. Once you thought things could not get any wilder, this overtime period made it even more crazy, as both sides missed big kicks to win the game. Finally, with 4 seconds left, Boswell kicked the game-winner, resulting in a 23-20 victory for Pittsburgh.