NFL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Cincinnati|
(Sunday, November 13th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 17
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall scored the go-ahead
touchdown late in the third quarter and Pittsburgh's defense came up with two
interceptions in the fourth to claim a 24-17 victory over the Cincinnati
Bengals in a key AFC North battle.
Mendenhall carried the ball 16 times for 44 yards and two scores for the
Steelers (7-3), who came into the game a half-game behind the Bengals and
Ravens in the division. Baltimore's loss to Seattle on Sunday moved Pittsburgh
atop the standings.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 21-of-33 passes for 245 yards, one touchdown and
an interception for Pittsburgh, which bounced back from a tough 23-20 loss to
the Ravens last Sunday.
Mike Wallace caught six passes for 54 yards and carried the ball two times for
31 yards for the victors.
"Good bounce back for us in many ways," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said.
"Probably more than anything the sufficient plays from the defense
particularly down the stretch to preserve the win in light of how we finished
the game last week. We are excited about that."
Andy Dalton connected on 15-of-30 passes for 170 yards, two touchdowns and two
interceptions for Cincinnati (6-3), which had a five-game winning streak
With the score tied at 17-17 midway through the third quarter, the Steelers
put together an 11-play, 81-yard scoring drive. Jerricho Cotchery got the
march going with a 13-yard catch. Antonio Brown caught a 12-yard pass a few
plays later to put the ball at the Cincinnati 40. Isaac Redman followed with
an 11-yard run before Wallace added a 12-yard catch to put the ball at the
nine. Mendenhall then broke through a leg tackle and rumbled into the end zone
for a 24-17 lead with 1:55 to go.
Lawrence Timmons picked off Dalton early in the fourth. The Steelers took over
at their own 33, but were forced to punt.
After two more punts, the Bengals took over near midfield with 4:28 left.
Cincinnati used the ground game to get to the 25, but William Gay came up with
a huge interception.
"The guy made a great play and jumped the route," Dalton said. "My eyes were
on the flat defender and when I let go of it he jumped it. He made a great
The Steelers kept the ball for the final 2:27 for the victory.
The Steelers jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead. A 38-yard punt by the Bengals
set up Pittsburgh at its own 46. Wallace caught two short passes before
running 15 yards to the 16. Three plays later, Roethlisberger rolled to his
right and found Cotchery in the end zone for a 16-yard score.
Another three-and-out by Cincinnati was followed by a second Pittsburgh
touchdown. Mendenhall caught a 26-yard pass before Wallace broke a run for 16
yards to move the ball to the Bengals' 33. Faced with a 3rd-and-10 from the
20, Heath Miller caught an 18-yard pass. Mendenhall then rumbled into the end
zone from two yards out for a 14-0 margin with 3:37 left in the first quarter.
The Bengals finally woke up on offense during their next drive. Andrew
Hawkins caught a 25-yard pass on third down to keep the march alive. A few
players later, Dalton threw a jump ball into the end zone for his rookie wide
receiver. A.J. Green managed to catch the ball for a 36-yard score despite
being double covered. The rookie hurt his right leg on the catch.
Cincinnati's defense followed with a big play. On the second play of the
second quarter, Miller bobbled a pass from Roethlisberger and Leon Hall took
the ball away from the tight end for the interception. The Bengals got a 43-
yard field goal from Mike Nugent to cut the gap to 14-10.
The Steelers almost had another touchdown before the half. Roethlisberger
threw what seemed to be a 24-yard TD pass to Cotchery, but Miller was called
for offensive pass interference. Brown caught a 21-yard pass on the next play
to move the ball to the 13. Pittsburgh had to settle for a Shaun Suisham 39-
yard field goal and 17-10 lead at the break.
The Bengals tied the game early in the third period with an 11-play, 67-yard
drive. Faced with a 3rd-and-10 near midfield, Andre Caldwell caught an 11-yard
pass. Colin Cochart then caught a 25-yard pass to put the ball at the 10. A
seven-yard catch by Caldwell combined with a personal foul penalty on the
Steelers put the ball at the one. Dalton found Jermaine Gresham in the left
corner of the end zone to make it 17-17 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Steelers hold a 50-32 lead in their overall regular-season series with
Cincinnati, which includes a sweep of last year's home-and-home set between
the divisional foes...Hall left the game with an Achilles injury in the first
half...Roethlisberger is 8-1 at Paul Brown Stadium in his career...Brown
caught five passes for 86 yards...Hawkins hauled in five passes for 56 yards.
11/13 20:43:25 ET