Pittsburgh 35, Cincinnati 7

Sunday, December 4, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 4, 2011
WHERE: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TEMPERATURE: 59°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Carl Cheffers
ATTENDANCE: 63697

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 0 7 0 0 7
Pittsburgh 0 28 7 0 35

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cincinnati 7-5 3-2 4-3 L1
Pittsburgh 9-3 5-1 4-2 W3

Recap


Ben Roethlisberger threw for a pair of touchdowns and Rashard Mendenhall rushed for two more as the Pittsburgh Steelers trounced the visiting Cincinnati Bengals 35-7 on Sunday.

Antonio Brown returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and Mike Wallace caught a pair of scores for the Steelers (9-3), who remained tied with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. Baltimore holds the tiebreaker by virtue of a season sweep.

The Bengals (7-5) have dropped three of four to take a big hit to their playoff hopes. Cincinnati plays three of its final four games at home but still has to host the Ravens and the first-place Houston Texans.

Pittsburgh made it look easy Sunday, scoring 28 points in the second quarter to put the game away. Mendenhall capped a nine-play drive with a 3-yard run for the first score and brought it in from 5 yards out on the following drive after a pass interference penalty moved the ball into the red zone.

The Bengals fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Roethlisberger needed three plays to find Wallace for a 12-yard score.

Another special teams’ gaffe put it away, as Brown caught the punt at the Pittsburgh 40-yard line and beat a host of defenders down the right side to give the Steelers their first punt return touchdown in five years.

A.J. Green caught the lone score for the Bengals. Rookie Andy Dalton struggled to an 11-of-24 passing day before being lifted.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Cincinnati   Pittsburgh
Cedric Benson Player Rashard Mendenhall
13 Attempts 16
52 Yards 60
4.0 Avg Yards 3.8
0 Touchdowns 2
14 Long 15
Receiving
Cincinnati   Pittsburgh
A.J. Green Player Antonio Brown
6 Receptions 2
87 Yards 67
14.5 Avg Yards 33.5
1 Touchdowns 0
43 Long 45

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Cincinnati 232 104 128 1 0 0 3.0 0
Pittsburgh 295 136 159 5 0 1 3.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Cleveland . The Steelers have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .750 after a loss.
  • Cincinnati will play their next game at home against Houston. The Bengals have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .583 after a loss.
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