Minkah Fitzpatrick blocks PAT to send Steelers-Bengals to overtime

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The timing between long snapper, holder, and kicker is often overlooked.

On Sunday, the Bengals rallied to tie Pittsburgh with seconds left. All that stood between Cincinnati and a season-opening thrilling victory was the PAT.

However, Cincinnati’s long snapper was lost due to a bicep injury and that put a backup tight end on the ball for the potential game-winning point.

The snap floated — being kind — back to the holder and by the time Evan McPherson put foot to ball, Minkah Fitzpatrick was in full flight and blocked that kick.

The AFC North rivals put on a wild contest that appeared to be in the hands of Pittsburgh before the Bengals rallied.

Cincinnati was looking to become the first team to be minus-5 in turnovers to win a game since 2012.

The tying score was via the Bengals’ LSU Tiger connection of Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase.

Earlier, Chase had almost made a remarkable catch but his toe touched the sideline when he came down.

The Steelers lost Najee Harris to a foot injury and T.J. Watt to a pec injury late in the contest. Ouch.

Story originally appeared on Touchdown Wire