Cincinnati 13, Pittsburgh 10

Sunday, December 23, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 23, 2012
WHERE: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TEMPERATURE: 35°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Mike Carey
ATTENDANCE: 63236

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 7 3 0 3 13
Pittsburgh 0 7 3 0 10

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cincinnati 9-6 3-4 6-2 W2
Pittsburgh 7-8 4-3 3-5 L3

Recap


Bengals 13, Steelers 10:
Josh Brown kicked a 43-yard field goal with four seconds left to help visiting Cincinnati clinch a playoff spot and knock rival Pittsburgh out of the postseason.

Leon Hall ran an interception back for a touchdown and Andy Dalton went 24-for-41 for 278 yards and a pair of interceptions for the Bengals (9-6), who wrapped up the No. 6 seed in the AFC and are making back-to-back trips to the postseason for the first time since 1981-82.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 220 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Steelers (7-8), who have dropped five of their last six to fall out of a playoff spot.

Pittsburgh was driving for a chance to win when Roethlisberger was intercepted by Reggie Nelson with 14 seconds left. Dalton, who had struggled with the Steelers’ pass defense all afternoon, hit A.J. Green on the right sideline for a 21-yard gain, putting Brown in position for the go-ahead field goal.

Hall got the Bengals on the board with his 17-yard interception return and Brown made it a 10-0 gap in the second quarter before Pittsburgh fought back, tying it on Shaun Suisham’s 40-yard field goal with 4:05 left in the third quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Cincinnati lost a shot at the AFC North title and a home game in the first round of the playoffs when Baltimore routed the New York Giants 33-14. The Bengals play the Ravens next week. … Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis was limited to 14 yards on 15 carries. He had gone over 100 yards in four of the previous five contests. … Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller (right knee) had to be carted off the field with 2:12 remaining in the game.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Cincinnati   Pittsburgh
BenJarvus Green-Ellis Player Rashard Mendenhall
15 Attempts 11
14 Yards 50
0.9 Avg Yards 4.6
0 Touchdowns 0
4 Long 20
Receiving
Cincinnati   Pittsburgh
A.J. Green Player Antonio Brown
10 Receptions 5
116 Yards 97
11.6 Avg Yards 19.4
0 Touchdowns 1
21 Long 60

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Cincinnati 267 14 253 1 2 2 4.0 1
Pittsburgh 280 95 185 1 1 2 6.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Cleveland . The Steelers have a W/L % of .467 after a win and .467 after a loss.
  • Cincinnati will play their next game at home against Baltimore. The Bengals have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .600 after a loss.