Steelers’ record: 9-3
One year ago: 9-3
Series record (including playoffs): Steelers lead, 52-32
Coach Mike Tomlin talked about the keys to the game against the Bengals: “As always, we need to do nice job in the turnover battle, and I’d also like us to distinguish ourselves in the red area. We have to be better offensively in the red area than we were last week. We were 1-for-3, and not only were we 1-for-3 but we turned the ball over in one instance and got no points. And defensively, if they happen to get down there we desire field goal attempts as opposed to extra points.”
On their first possession of the game, the Bengals had six points taken off the scoreboard when a false start penalty on A.J. Green wiped out a 4-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Jermaine Gresham. After a subsequent incomplete pass to Gresham, the Bengals lined up for an 18-yard field goal attempt by Mike Nugent. A delay of game penalty moved the Bengals back an additional 5 yards, and then
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WHAT WENT RIGHT
* After a 45-yard catch-and-run by
* On a third-and-10 on Cincinnati’s third offensive series, Andy Dalton was back to pass but was forced to pull the ball down and run when
* Rashard Mendenhall’s second touchdown run – with 10:12 left in the first half – was a great individual effort. On a sweep to the right, Mendenhall appeared to be hemmed in as he got to the sideline, but he cut back and got into the end zone to give the Steelers a 14-0 lead.
* On the kickoff following Mendenhall’s second touchdown,
* Not even a holding penalty that set up a first-and-goal at the 19-yard line was enough to derail the Steelers offense.
* It was the second time in the past four games that
* With 10:14 left in the game, the Steelers replaced Roethlisberger with
WHAT WENT WRONG
* On the possession after Mike Wallace’s touchdown was good for a 21-0 lead, the Bengals marched 80 yards to a touchdown, and they did it by eating up yardage in big chunks. Jermaine Gresham had a 20-yard reception, and A.J. Green caught passes of 15, 14 and then 11 yards for Cincinnati’s first touchdown.
* It was the second time Ben Roethlisberger was sacked on the day – and it came on a nice athletic play by Bengals DE Michael Johnson – but it was historically significant in that it was the 308th time Roethlisberger had been sacked. That broke the franchise record of 307 that had been held by Terry Bradshaw.
* There had been much anticipation over the return of
Said Coach Mike Tomlin, “There were some minor injuries, bumps and bruises along the way, many of which I won’t mention.
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