Drive Chart
PIT
CIN

No Text

Brown, Boswell lead Steelers to 23-20 win over Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) No matter how high the stakes, how big the deficit or how late in the game, Ben Roethlisberger and his tough-to-catch playmakers always find a way to leave the Bengals wondering what just happened.

Chris Boswell kicked a field goal on the final play shortly after Antonio Brown caught a 6-yard touchdown pass - taking a hit to the head while landing in the end zone - and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off another improbable comeback against the stunned Bengals, rallying for a 23-20 victory Monday night.

Down 17-0 early, the Steelers (10-2) extended their best start since 2004 in a physical game with a couple frightening injuries. Brown's touchdown tied it at 20 with 3:51 to go - safety George Iloka was penalized for hitting him in the head after the catch. Boswell won it with 38-yard field goal, his second straight winner in the closing seconds.

Both teams know the script.

''It sort of reminded me of the playoff game - what was it, two years ago?'' Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward said. ''It's sort of the best reality TV show out there - better than the Kardashians.''

Two years ago, the Steelers came to Paul Brown Stadium and pulled out an improbable 18-16 playoff win set up by Cincinnati's fumble and personal fouls on Vontaze Burfict and Adam ''Pacman'' Jones. Boswell won that one with a 35-yard kick with 14 seconds left.

Desperate for a win to salvage their playoff hopes, the Bengals (5-7) still couldn't find a way to beat their Ohio River rival, not even after getting off to the big early lead. They've dropped six straight and nine of 10 against Pittsburgh.

''Very disappointing,'' said Bengals receiver A.J. Green, who had two touchdown catches in the first half. ''We had it.''

Nope. They never do, not against the Steelers.

''We've got a no-blink group,'' coach Mike Tomlin said. ''We've been in this situation before, and in this stadium before.''

The hard-hitting game was full of personal fouls, penalties and injuries that could have a long-term effect, especially for the AFC North leaders.

Pittsburgh lost leading tackler Ryan Shazier to a back injury in the first quarter. The linebacker was taken off the field on a cart and taken to a hospital for evaluation. Tomlin had no details about his injury or his prognosis after the game. ESPN reported that Tomlin went to the hospital after the game to check on Shazier.

''Ryan is one of the biggest players on this defense,'' linebacker Vince Williams said. ''When we need a big play, he's one of the guys we look to. It's going to be tough.''

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was carted off in the fourth quarter after JuJu Smith-Schuster leveled him with a high hit, then taunted him by walking over him.

There were four penalties for unnecessary roughness, one for unsportsmanlike conduct, one for roughing the passer and another for taunting. The Bengals self-destructed with 13 penalties for a team-record 173 yards.

The Steelers remain tied with New England for best record in the conference. They host the Patriots on Dec. 17.

Bottled up by Cincinnati's aggressive defense in the first half, Pittsburgh's playmakers made the difference down the stretch, just as they have all season. They rallied to beat the Packers 31-28 last Sunday on Boswell's 53-yard field goal on the final play, which was set up by Brown's incredible sideline catch.

After missing practice last week with an injured toe, Brown ran gingerly in pregame warmups and had another big game, finishing with 101 yards in eight catches.

Le'Veon Bell ran for 76 yards and had another 106 yards on five catches, including a 35-yard touchdown play in which he remarkably kept his balance along the sideline - cornerback William Jackson pulled up, thinking there was no way he could stay inbound.

It's the first time that Bell and Brown each had 100 yards receiving in the same game. Ben Roethlisberger was 24 of 40 for 290 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception.

PRIME-TIME OPPOSITES

The Steelers have won 11 straight prime-time games, including four already this season against the Lions (Sunday night), the Titans (Thursday night) and the Packers (last Sunday night). It's been a horrific time slot for the Bengals, who are 11-24 on Monday night, dropping their past four.

PRIME-TIME PLAYERS

Roethlisberger has won his last seven prime-time starts, throwing 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. In those games, Brown has 58 catches for 883 yards with 15 touchdowns.

IN YOUR FACE

Bell and Burfict have a long-running feud on Twitter, and it got in-your-face right away. After Jones picked off a pass to end the Steelers' opening possession, Bell shoved Burfict's facemask and drove him to the ground, drawing a personal foul.

BIG NUMBER

Roethlisberger became the eighth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 yards passing, joining Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, John Elway and Eli Manning.

OTHER INJURIES

Steelers: Brown missed practice last week with a toe injury. He moved slowly during pregame warmups but started and finished with eight catches for 101 yards.

Bengals: Jones injured his groin on his first-quarter interception and didn't return. Running back Joe Mixon suffered a concussion late in the first half.

UP NEXT

Steelers host second-place Baltimore (7-5) next Sunday night in their fourth prime-time game of the season. They won at Baltimore 26-9 on Oct. 1.

Bengals host the Bears (3-9), completing a stretch of three straight home games. Cincinnati is 3-2 at Paul Brown Stadium this season.

---

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Copyright 2017 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
L. Bell 26 RB
76 RuYds, 106 ReYds, ReTD, 5 RECs
23
FPTS
A. Dalton 14 QB
234 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 19 RuYds
22
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
C.Boswell 38 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
8
plays
39
yds
2:42
pos
23
20
Point After TD 3:51
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
20
20
Touchdown 3:51
B.Roethlisberger pass short right to A.Brown for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN. PENALTY on CIN-G.Iloka, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced between downs.
9
plays
80
yds
4:10
pos
19
20
Field Goal 10:07
C.Boswell 37 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
11
plays
74
yds
4:29
pos
13
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:33
R.Bullock 41 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
10
plays
52
yds
5:25
pos
10
20
Point After TD 8:58
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 8:58
B.Roethlisberger pass short left to L.Bell for 35 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
78
yds
4:58
pos
9
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
C.Boswell 30 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
3
plays
71
yds
0:31
pos
3
17
Point After TD 0:31
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 0:31
A.Dalton pass short right to A.Green for 15 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
15
plays
78
yds
6:13
pos
0
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:41
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
0
10
Touchdown 0:41
A.Dalton pass short right to A.Green for 8 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
85
yds
6:34
pos
0
9
Field Goal 10:48
R.Bullock 35 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
5
plays
27
yds
2:04
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 29:49 30:11
1st Downs 24 19
Rushing 5 6
Passing 15 13
Penalty 4 0
3rd Down Conv 4-12 7-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 374 353
Total Plays 63 60
Avg Gain 5.9 5.9
Net Yards Rushing 92 130
Rush Attempts 22 22
Avg Rush Yards 4.2 5.9
Net Yards Passing 282 223
Comp. - Att. 24-40 21-36
Yards Per Pass 7.1 6.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-8 2-11
Penalties - Yards 7-66 13-173
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-44.5 5-49.2
Return Yards 45 38
Punts - Returns 2-7 2-9
Kickoffs - Returns 2-38 2-29
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 5/5 4/4
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 3/3 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-3 -33% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Steelers 10-2 0371323
Bengals 5-7 1073020
282 PASS YDS 223
92 RUSH YDS 130
374 TOTAL YDS 353
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 290 2 1 88.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.8% 3238 22 13 89.8
B. Roethlisberger 24/40 290 2 1 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Bell 26 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 76 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
270 1057 5
L. Bell 18 76 0 16 23
J. Conner 30 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 125 0
J. Conner 3 12 0 10 1
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 33 0
B. Roethlisberger 1 4 0 4 21
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Bell 26 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 106 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 66 502 1
L. Bell 6 5 106 1 35 23
A. Brown 84 WR
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
15 8 101 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 88 1296 9
A. Brown 15 8 101 1 24 16
M. Bryant 10 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 386 2
M. Bryant 6 4 40 0 15 4
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 585 5
J. Smith-Schuster 5 4 17 0 7 1
J. James 81 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 259 3
J. James 2 1 13 0 13 1
X. Grimble 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 22 1
X. Grimble 3 1 9 0 9 0
E. Rogers 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 91 0
E. Rogers 2 1 4 0 4 0
R. Nix-Jones 45 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
R. Nix-Jones 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
C. Sensabaugh 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 1 0.0
C. Sensabaugh 5-1 0.0 0 0
T. Matakevich 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-6 0 0.0
T. Matakevich 4-3 0.0 0 0
V. Williams 98 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-17 0 7.0
V. Williams 4-5 1.0 0 0
S. Davis 28 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-13 1 0.0
S. Davis 4-3 0.0 0 0
S. Tuitt 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-3 0 2.0
S. Tuitt 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Golden 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 1 0.0
R. Golden 2-2 0.0 0 0
M. Hilton 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-14 2 1.0
M. Hilton 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Burns 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-4 0 0.0
A. Burns 1-1 0.0 0 0
W. Gay 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 1 0.0
W. Gay 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Dupree 48 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-8 0 5.0
B. Dupree 1-1 1.0 0 0
A. Chickillo 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-6 0 3.0
A. Chickillo 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Moats 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Moats 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Fort 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
L. Fort 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Heyward 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-13 0 9.0
C. Heyward 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Shazier 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
68-21 3 0.0
R. Shazier 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Watt 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-10 1 5.0
T. Watt 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
28/31 23/25
C. Boswell 3/3 38 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 44.5 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
50 43.3 22
J. Berry 4 44.5 3 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Bryant 10 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 19.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 24.0 38 0
M. Bryant 2 19.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
E. Rogers 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 5.3 15 0
E. Rogers 2 3.5 7 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Dalton 14 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.3% 234 2 0 96.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.7% 2606 20 8 92.9
A. Dalton 21/36 234 2 0 22
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
G. Bernard 25 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 77 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 198 0
G. Bernard 13 77 0 13 8
J. Mixon 28 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
157 518 4
J. Mixon 7 34 0 10 3
A. Dalton 14 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 102 0
A. Dalton 2 19 0 11 22
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Green 18 WR
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
16 7 77 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 60 886 8
A. Green 16 7 77 2 17 19
B. LaFell 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 55 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 41 428 2
B. LaFell 7 4 55 0 27 5
T. Kroft 81 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 347 5
T. Kroft 2 2 30 0 19 3
C. Uzomah 87 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 60 0
C. Uzomah 1 1 21 0 21 2
G. Bernard 25 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 238 2
G. Bernard 3 2 19 0 16 8
T. Boyd 83 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 80 1
T. Boyd 3 2 15 0 12 1
J. Malone 80 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 63 1
J. Malone 2 2 9 0 6 0
J. Mixon 28 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 266 0
J. Mixon 1 1 8 0 8 3
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Kirkpatrick 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-7 1 1.0
D. Kirkpatrick 7-0 0.0 0 0
M. Johnson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-8 0 3.0
M. Johnson 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Shaw 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-4 0 0.0
J. Shaw 3-1 0.0 0 0
K. Minter 51 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-15 0 0.0
K. Minter 3-1 0.0 0 0
V. Burfict 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-20 0 1.0
V. Burfict 3-3 0.0 0 0
J. Evans 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-6 0 0.0
J. Evans 3-2 0.0 0 0
G. Iloka 43 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-22 1 0.0
G. Iloka 2-3 0.0 0 0
G. Atkins 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-15 0 7.0
G. Atkins 2-2 0.0 0 0
W. Jackson 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-4 1 1.0
W. Jackson 1-2 0.0 0 0
A. Jones 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 1 0.0
A. Jones 1-0 0.0 1 0
C. Dunlap 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-9 1 5.0
C. Dunlap 1-1 1.0 0 0
D. Dennard 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-20 1 2.0
D. Dennard 1-6 0.0 0 0
C. Lawson 58 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 7.0
C. Lawson 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Smith 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-7 0 3.0
C. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Glasgow 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-8 0 0.0
R. Glasgow 0-1 0.0 0 0
C. Fejedelem 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-11 1 0.0
C. Fejedelem 0-2 0.0 0 0
A. Billings 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
A. Billings 0-1 0.0 0 0
P. Sims 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-15 0 0.0
P. Sims 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Bullock 4 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
13/15 23/25
R. Bullock 2/2 41 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Huber 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 49.2 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
63 47.5 27
K. Huber 5 49.2 3 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 14.5 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 21.7 41 0
A. Erickson 2 14.5 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
30 7.5 29 0
A. Erickson 2 4.5 9 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 25 2:08 5 23 INT
10:48 PIT 25 3:33 7 33 Punt
0:41 PIT 25 2:12 4 12 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:27 PIT 18 2:43 6 20 Punt
0:31 PIT 17 0:31 3 71 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:56 PIT 22 4:58 9 78 TD
3:33 PIT 16 2:23 4 22 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:36 PIT 7 4:29 11 74 FG
8:01 PIT 20 4:10 9 80 TD
2:42 PIT 41 2:42 8 39 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:52 PIT 44 2:04 5 27 FG
7:15 CIN 15 6:34 12 85 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:29 CIN 5 4:02 6 33 Punt
6:44 CIN 22 6:13 15 78 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CIN 25 1:04 3 8 Punt
8:58 CIN 25 5:25 10 52 FG
1:10 CIN 13 1:34 5 17 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:07 CIN 21 2:06 3 3 Punt
3:51 CIN 12 1:09 3 5 Punt