NFL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
(Sunday, October 21st)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 17
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Chris Rainey scored the go-ahead touchdown
early in the fourth quarter, and the Pittsburgh Steelers held on to defeat the
Cincinnati Bengals, 24-17, in an AFC North clash Sunday night.
Pittsburgh (3-3) trailed 14-3 early on, but held Cincy to two first downs in
the second half and got just enough offense to rebound from a loss for the
third time this season.
Ben Roethlisberger improved to 8-1 in his career at Cincinnati by throwing for
278 yards with an interception and a touchdown pass to Heath Miller.
Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries and helped the Steelers run
out the clock on the Bengals (3-4), who held the ball for just 22 1/2 minutes.
"It was a big AFC North road victory for us," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin
said. "We have to build on it."
Andy Dalton, one week after tossing for a career-high 381 yards in a loss to
Cleveland, wound up with 105 in Cincinnati's third straight loss. The second-
year starter was intercepted once and connected with A.J. Green for a score.
Despite several key dropped passes in the first half, the Steelers went into
the locker room tied at 14-14, thanks to a late touchdown and 2-point
Both teams kicked field goals on their first possessions of the second half,
as Cincinnati's Mike Nugent booted a 48-yarder before Shaun Suisham was true
from 42 yards out.
A series of punts ensued, and on the last play of the third quarter,
Roethlisberger found Emmanuel Sanders across the middle for a 31-yard gain
down to the Cincinnati 14-yard line.
After a 3-yard pickup, Rainey, a rookie from Florida, took a handoff up the
middle and crossed the goal line to give Pittsburgh a 24-17 lead with 14:16
The Steelers squandered fourth-quarter leads in each of their three losses
this season, but their defense made sure the 7-point cushion was enough.
The final series for the Bengals started at their own 11-yard line following
a Roethlisberger pooch punt. Two runs from BenJarvus Green-Ellis netted no
yards, and an incomplete pass intended for Green brought out the punting unit.
An 11-yard catch by Mike Wallace and a 32-yard run by Dwyer allowed Pittsburgh
to run off the final 3:57 and escape with a win.
Cincinnati scored two touchdowns in the first half around Suisham's 42 and 47-
yard field goals.
Green-Ellis carried the ball eight times for 44 yards on the Bengals' opening
possession, including a 1-yard run on 4th-and-1 from the Pittsburgh 21. Cedric
Peerman capped the drive with a 5-yard TD run.
Roethlisberger was picked off in the end zone early in the second quarter,
then lost a fumble at his own 8-yard line the next time Pittsburgh touched the
ball. Dalton and Green hooked up on a slant in the end zone on the play
immediately following the turnover.
"We were executing really well (early). Later in the game it wasn't clicking
the way it should have," Dalton said. "We had too many errors in the passing
A Dalton interception -- one that slipped out of his hands, bounced off a
helmet and landed in linebacker LaMarr Woodley's arms -- set up Miller's 9-
yard touchdown catch in the final minute of the half. Miller also caught the
2-point conversion in the left corner of the end zone.
Green was limited to one catch, but extended his touchdown streak to six
straight games ... Both Peerman and Rainey scored the first touchdowns of
their careers... Miller has five touchdowns this season ... Woodley missed
Pittsburgh's Week 6 loss at Tennessee with a strained left hamstring ...
Green-Ellis gained just 25 yards on 10 carries following Cincinnati's opening
series ... Pittsburgh has won five straight in the series ... The Bengals have
recorded a sack in 32 straight regular-season games ... Dalton completed half
of his 28 attempts.
10/22 01:06:09 ET
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