2005 Steelers 31 vs Bengals 38
In his 2nd game back from knee surgery, Big Ben plays an inspired game despite a broken right thumb that is encased in a splint and covered by a glove, passing for 386 yds and 3 TDs. Unfortunately, the battered QB also throws 3 costly interceptions as Cincinnati all but secures their first division title in 15 years.
While Cinci was turnover free, the Steelers suffer 4 turnovers, the biggest of which comes with the Steelers trailing 24-31 trying to drive for a tying score (after the Bengals had just capitalized on a 94-yd kickoff return) in the 4th quarter. Linebacker Odell Thurman steps in front of a Roethlisberger pass intended for Ward and returns it to midfield, and Rudi Johnson scores six plays later to make it 38-24.
After the game, TJ Houshmandzadeh desecrates a Terrible Towel by using it to clean his shoes as the jubilant Bengals leave the field feeling like they just won the Super Bowl. They didn't... as Pittsburgh would prove in Cinci 5 weeks later.