Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis says the loss to Pittsburgh in Saturday's wild-card game stings. During a news conference Monday afternoon he also said he feels bad for the fans.
"I mean, man, you looked there, and at the end of the football game that stadium was still full (and) loud. It rained all night for them, and for the first half we were raining on their parade as well. And it came around and I just feel sick for them," Lewis told reporters.
He said the 18-16 loss to the Steelers brought the season to a halt and his team "gave the game away and needs to earn our way back."
Two players hit with late game penalties that enabled Pittsburgh to get close enough to score a field goal, Vontez Burfict and Adam Jones, are heartbroken and realize they are wrong, according to Lewis.
Cincinnati Bengals players are working to take ownership for their behavior both on and off the field, according to Lewis. "We've gone to a lot of different things this season. They've all talked about how they've benefited from things and different changes we've done and made. Some of them rolled their eyes at me at first and the next thing you know is that they are interjected into it."
Lewis says the team will do nothing but grow from that.