As ugly as Monday night’s Steelers-Bengals game was, it could have been worse — at least according to accusations lobbed at Cincinnati by Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell.
Boswell claims it was the intent of Bengals cornerback John Shaw to injure him as the Steelers lined up for a potential winning 43-yard kick in the closing seconds at Paul Brown Stadium.
"You're not jumping offsides that bad without trying to run into the kicker," Boswell said Wednesday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Holder Jordan Berry decided not to place the ball for Boswell to kick it, rather than risk the kicker getting injured. The refs called the obvious offsides penalty on Shaw, moving the ball 5 yards closer for Boswell, who banged the 38-yarder through the uprights to give Pittsburgh the 23-20 win.
"Especially in a game like that," Berry said, "your (default guess) is, 'Maybe (Shaw) is trying to do something crazy.'”
"It's not an accident at all," Boswell added. "If you look in the NFL for the last two years, multiple teams have done it just to try to ... either if it's running into, blocking the kick, doing something. But Seattle did it last year against the Bills, Ravens did it against us last year — and now Cincinnati."