The Steelers aren’t going to fix what isn’t broken at kicker, as Chris Boswell will enter his third season with the job firmly in hand. After going 21-of-25 during the regular season, Boswell proved his worth and then some in the playoffs, connecting on all eight of his attempts, including a whopping six in Pittsburgh’s AFC Divisional Round win against the Chiefs. This will be punter Jordan Berry’s third season, too, and he’s coming off a similarly strong 2016 ( yards per punt). The kick return job could be up for grabs, while Brown and Rogers will return punts.
The Bengals came into the game without their starting quarterback, Ken Anderson who was nursing a broken finger.  Steelers running back Franco Harris busted through the Bengals 3–4 defense for a 37-yard gain on the game's first offensive play. Five plays later, Rocky Bleier scored on a 5-yard run and the Steelers never looked back.  The Steelers didn't punt for the first time until the end of the third quarter and they dominated statistically.  Center Mike Webster noted, "From the first play on, everything worked."