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Steelers Boot Last-Play Field Goal, Win At Cincinnati 23-20

December 5, 2017

Chris Boswell kicked a 38-yard field goal on the final play of the game Monday night, giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a 23-20 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati in a contest in which the Steelers had trailed 17-0 in the second quarter.

Pittsburgh has now won six straight games, and nine of the last ten versus the Bengals (5-7).  Their 2017 winning streak now stands at seven games.

Andy Dalton had given Cincinnati a substantial lead with a pair of first-half touchdown throws to A.J. Green which followed an early 35-yard field goal.  The Steelers (10-2) avoided a scoreless first half when Boswell booted a 30-yarder on the final play of the second quarter.

In the second half, Ben Roethlisberger sandwiched touchdown throws to Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown around a 37-yard field goal by Boswell, and with the score tied late at 20-20, the Pittsburgh defense came through with a stop which included a third-down sack of Dalton, setting up the game-winning kick.

Roethlisberger completed 24-of-40 passes for 290 yards with one interception.  Bell carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards, and caught five passes for another 106 yards.  Brown tallied eight receptions for 101 yards.

Dalton was 21-for-36 for 234 yards with no interceptions.  Green caught seven passes for 77 yards.  After Cincinnati’s starting running back Joe Mixon left the game with an injury, Giovani Bernard rushed for 77 yards.

Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier was kept overnight at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after having been taken from the game on a stretcher in the first quarter following an extreme tackle.  Shazier underwent an MRI and a CT scan, and is still being evaluated.

ESPN is reporting that surgery is not considered a requirement at this time.  Shazier was replaced in Monday night’s lineup by Tyler Matakevich.

The Steelers can clinch the AFC North title with a win at home over Baltimore (7-5) next Sunday night.

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