Bengals End Steelers’ Playoff Hopes

December 24, 2012
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A 43-yard field goal by Josh Brown on Sunday gave the Cincinnati Bengals a 13-10 victory over the Steelers (7-8) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, and ended any hopes the Steelers might have entertained of competing in the NFL playoffs this season.

The loss was the fifth in the last six games for Pittsburgh, who has one game remaining — at home versus Cleveland (5-10) next Sunday.

And, the Steelers lost tight end Heath Miller to a series of knee injuries (surgery will be required) and backup running back Baron Batch to a broken arm.

Playoff-bound Cincinnati won the game without an offensive touchdown, scoring on an interception return by Leon Hall and two kicks by Brown.  The Steelers’ scores came on a 60-yard pass play from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown, and a 40-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham, who had missed only one attempt all season, but went just 1-for-3 Sunday.

Roethlisberger completed 14-of-28 passes for 220 yards with two interceptions.  Brown caught five passes for 97 yards.  Pittsburgh carried the football 31 times for 95 yards with Rashard Mendenhall accounting for 50 of those yards.

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton was 24-for-42 for 278 yards, also with two interceptions.  A.J. Green caught 10 passes for 116 yards.  The Bengals were held to just 14 rushing yards on 16 carries.

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