What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. Bengals

COIN TOSS: Bengals call heads. It's heads. Bengals defer, and the Steelers get the football first.

1:19 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers first two offensive possessions were ruined by self-inflicted wounds. After receiving the opening kickoff, Najee Harris gained 4 yards on first down, but then the Steelers were flagged for an illegal formation penalty on second down. A 5-yard pass to Chase Claypool was followed by an incomplete pass and then a punt. The second series began with an 11-yard run by Harris was nullified by a holding penalty on Kendrick Green. That was followed by a short pass to Harris, and that gain was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty on Claypool. Two plays later, the Steelers punted again.

1:27 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers came up with their first interception of the season when Minkah Fitzpatrick deflected a Joe Burrow pass and Terrell Edmunds came down with the ball. After Edmunds' 15-yard return, the Steelers took over at their 44-yard line. After a 2-yard run by Najee Harris, an incomplete pass, and a false start by Trai Turner, the Steelers faced a third-and-13. Ben Roethlisberger was hit by defensive end Sam Hubbard as he was throwing the ball, and Logan Wilson came down with the interception at the Pittsburgh 42-yard line.

1:35 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Bengals capitalized on the takeaway with a six-play drive that ended with a 17-yard pass to Tyler Boyd, who caught the ball and broke a tackle by Melvin Ingram III and completed the play by getting into the end zone. It was 7-0 with 2:54 left in the first quarter.

FIRST QUARTER: Bengals 7, Steelers 0

2:11 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers tied the game with a 15-play 86-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 4-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Pat Freiermuth with 1:04 remaining in the first half. Roethlisberger converted a third-and-2 with a 3-yard pass to Freiermuth to get things rolling, and then a 16-yard catch-and-run by JuJu Smith-Schuster converted a third-and-15. After Najee Harris had a 10-yard run nullified by a holding penalty on Kevin Dotson, Harris came back with a 20-yard run for another first down. A 6-yard pass to Harris converted a third-and-4, and then a subsequent 18-yard pass to Harris converted a third-and-5. The touchdown pass to Freiermuth was the 399th of Roethlisberger's career.

2:19 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers held the lead for only 27 seconds of game time before a great catch by Ja'Marr Chase covered the final 34 yards of a 75-yard drive that put the Bengals in front, 14-7, with 37 seconds left in the first half. After a 7-yard pass to Tyler Boyd, the Bengals got a cheap 15 yards courtesy of a roughing the passer call on Melvin Ingram. A 19-yard pass to Mike Tomas put the ball at the Steelers 34-yard line, and on the next play, Chase beat James Pierre and extended for a fingertip catch for the touchdown. The Bengals led, 14-7, with 37 seconds left in the first half.

HALFTIME: Bengals 14, Steelers 7

2:50 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Bengals received the second half kickoff and promptly began gaining chunks of yardage. Joe Mixon ran for 11 yards. A pass to Auden Tate gained 19. Mixon then ran for 11 more. Three plays later, on a third-and-4, Joe Burrow completed a pass for 14 yards to Chris Evans. What ended up slowing the Bengals march was a holding penalty on Trey Hopkins. Three plays later, Evan McPherson extended Cincinnati's lead to 17-7 with a 43-yard field goal with 8:47 left in the third quarter.

2:56 p.m. – What Went Wrong: On the third play after the ensuing kickoff – a third-and-4 from the Steelers 31-yard line – Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted for the second time on the afternoon. Again, it was linebacker Logan Wilson, and his 13-yard return gave the Bengals the ball at the 19-yard line. It then took the Bengals 93 seconds to extend their lead to 24-7 on a 9-yard pass to Ja'Marr Chase who beat Joe Haden on a crossing route that began on the right side and ended up with the completion in the middle of the field. On the play, the Steelers rushed Burrow with five guys, and they got no pressure on the quarterback. It was 24-7 with 6:18 left in the third quarter.

3:07 p.m. – What Went Wrong: A 15-yard completion to Pat Freiermuth and a 22-yard completion to Najee Harris, plus a roughing the passer penalty on Trey Hendrickson netted the Steelers a first down on the Bengals 24-yard line. Three straight incomplete passes brought Chris Boswell onto the field, but his 42-yard field goal attempt was wide left, and the Bengals maintained their 24-7 lead.

THIRD QUARTER: Bengals 24, Steelers 7

3:34 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The possession covered 88 yards and lasted for 18 plays, but all the Steelers got from all of it was a 26-yard field goal that cut their deficit to 24-10 with 9:03 remaining in the fourth quarter. Ben Roethlisberger converted a third-and-4 with an 8-yard pass to Chase Claypool, and then on the next third down, an 11-yard pass interference penalty on Eli Apple gave the Steelers another fresh set of downs. A 7-yard pass to Najee Harris converted a third-and-2, but then things came apart. First came a 10-yard offensive pass interference penalty on Chase Claypool, then Roethlisberger was sacked for a 3-yard loss by Trey Hendrickson, then it was a false start penalty on Dan Moore that combined to create a second-and-goal from the 21-yard line.

Game action photos from the Steelers' Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field

3:54 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers offense followed with a 12-play drive, and this time it netted nothing. It began ominously, with Eric Ebron dropping a pass on first down and then Ben Roethlisberger overthrowing a wide-open James Washington deep down the field on second down. The Steelers would move to a first down at the Bengals 11-yard line, but then Roethlisberger was sacked for an 8-yard loss by Sam Hubbard. On fourth-and-10 from the 11-yard line, a swing pass to Harris had no chance to succeed, lost 1 yard, and the Bengals defense turned the ball over on downs.

FINAL SCORE: Bengals 24, Steelers 10