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Antonio Brown's late TD sends Steelers over Bengals 28-21

CINCINNATI (AP) Ben Roethlisberger saw the defensive alignment and knew immediately that the Pittsburgh Steelers had a chance for a winning touchdown. All he had to do was get the ball to Antonio Brown right away.

Brown took a few strides, caught the pass and ran behind Justin Hunter's block for a 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left Sunday and yet another improbable - and entirely predictable - victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers' 28-21 win made it eight straight and counting over their AFC North rival.

''We've been in that situation a lot, and I knew we were going to do it,'' Brown said.

They always do.

James Conner ran for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the eve of Le'Veon Bell's possible return to help the Steelers (3-2-1) get ahead, but they had to pull off their third last-minute rally at Paul Brown Stadium to extend the streak.

Joe Mixon's 4-yard touchdown run with 1:18 got the Bengals (4-2) thinking they might finally have their breakthrough. Roethlisberger and the Steelers stunned them again.

Big Ben came to the line on the decisive play and saw that the Bengals were set for an all-out blitz with no safeties to guard against a big play. He immediately thought touchdown.

''When you see that look, it's how fast can I get him the ball,'' said Roethlisberger, who is 14-2 in his career at Paul Brown Stadium.

Brown caught the ball in stride, cut Hunter's block and outran the secondary for the winning score, leaving thousands of Steelers fans twirling their towels in the stands while stunned Bengals fans stood and watched a familiar ending.

The Bengals are 2-16 against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium during coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons, including a pair of playoff losses.

''Imagine how we feel,'' Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. ''I imagine how the fans feel.''

These Ohio River rivalry games are usually nasty, and this one had its moments. After Andy Dalton's final pass fell complete, several players got into a scuffle in front of the Cincinnati sideline.

After a sloppy September, the Steelers have won two in a row and found their stride behind Conner , who became the featured back when Bell decided to hold out. Conner has run for more than 100 yards in each of the last two games, and his pair of 1-yard touchdown runs Sunday put him in the company of a pair of Steelers Hall of Famers.

Conner has seven rushing touchdowns in six games, joining Franco Harris (1976) and Jerome Bettis (2004) as the only Steelers with that accomplishment.

''James was a bowling ball today,'' said Roethlisberger, who joked that it was probably the running back's final game amid reports that Bell would return.

JuJu Smith-Schuster had a spectacular catch - leaping over cornerback Darqueze Dennard and taking the ball way - that set up Conner's second touchdown.

Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd had a solid game against his hometown team, catching touchdowns of 2 and 14 yards .

Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict was in the middle of several dustups. He had words with Roethlisberger only 3 minutes into the game. He stepped over Conner on the running back's first touchdown, prompting a teammate to push him away before the situation could escalate.

Burfict also hit Brown in the head - he wasn't penalized - after a catch, causing the receiver to leave for a couple of plays. In 2015, Burfict's hit to Brown's head helped the Steelers rally for an 18-16 playoff win. On Sunday, Burfict yelled at a reporter in the locker room after the game for asking a teammate about the latest hit on Brown's head.

''A nasty hit,'' Brown said.

SHAZIER'S RETURN

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier returned to the stadium where he suffered a spinal injury last December. He's been on the sideline for games this season. His return to Paul Brown Stadium was emotional for all the Steelers.

''He's inspired us,'' coach Mike Tomlin said. ''Hopefully he's inspired many outside of us.''

DALTON MOVES UP

Dalton finished 26 of 42 for 229 yards, moving ahead of Boomer Esiason for second on the Bengals' career passing list behind Ken Anderson. Dalton fell to 3-12 against the Steelers.

INJURIES

Bengals: RB Giovani Bernard missed a second straight game with a knee injury. LB Nick Vigil left with an injured left knee in the first quarter. Dennard hurt his right shoulder on Smith-Schuster's catch and didn't return. S Shawn Williams left in the second half with a concussion.

UP NEXT

Steelers: Have their bye week.

Bengals: Play Sunday night at Kansas City. The Bengals are 0-5 on Sunday night since 2011.

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Key Players
J. Conner 30 RB
111 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 18 ReYds, 4 RECs
24
FPTS
A. Dalton 14 QB
229 PaYds, 2 PaTDs
21
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 0:10
(Run formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. B.Roethlisberger pass to J.Smith-Schuster is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
28
21
Touchdown 0:10
B.Roethlisberger pass short middle to A.Brown for 31 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
77
yds
1:08
pos
26
21
Point After TD 1:18
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
20
21
Touchdown 1:18
J.Mixon right guard for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
2:14
pos
20
20
Field Goal 3:35
C.Boswell 24 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
10
plays
82
yds
5:47
pos
20
14
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:56
C.Boswell 21 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
12
plays
85
yds
6:21
pos
17
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:19
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 0:19
A.Dalton pass short left to T.Boyd for 14 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
44
yds
00:48
pos
14
13
Point After TD 1:07
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 1:07
J.Conner left guard for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
4:18
pos
13
7
Point After TD 14:33
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 14:33
J.Conner left guard for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
75
yds
5:03
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:36
R.Bullock extra point is GOOD Center-C.Harris Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 4:36
A.Dalton pass short right to T.Boyd for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
54
yds
4:24
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 34:56 25:04
1st Downs 26 19
Rushing 7 5
Passing 16 13
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 8-14 6-12
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 481 275
Total Plays 67 58
Avg Gain 7.2 4.7
Net Yards Rushing 112 62
Rush Attempts 21 13
Avg Rush Yards 5.3 4.8
Net Yards Passing 369 213
Comp. - Att. 32-46 26-42
Yards Per Pass 8.0 5.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 3-16
Penalties - Yards 9-69 6-30
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-41.5 6-41.3
Return Yards 70 128
Punts - Returns 2-22 1-6
Kickoffs - Returns 2-48 3-122
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 3/3
Extra Points 2/2 3/3
Field Goals 2/2 0/0
Red Zone Eff. 2-4 -50% 3-3 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-3 -67% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Steelers 3-2-1 01431128
Bengals 4-2 770721
369 PASS YDS 213
112 RUSH YDS 62
481 TOTAL YDS 275
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.6% 369 1 0 100.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.1% 2033 12 6 94.6
B. Roethlisberger 32/46 369 1 0 22
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Conner 30 RB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 111 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 453 7
J. Conner 19 111 2 26 24
S. Ridley 22 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 30 0
S. Ridley 1 2 0 2 0
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 38 1
B. Roethlisberger 1 -1 0 -1 22
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 7 111 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 42 561 2
J. Smith-Schuster 10 7 111 0 29 13
A. Brown 84 WR
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 105 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 40 478 6
A. Brown 6 5 105 1 48 16
V. McDonald 89 TE
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 68 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 274 1
V. McDonald 8 7 68 0 26 6
X. Grimble 85 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 35 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 44 0
X. Grimble 2 2 35 0 22 3
J. James 81 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 274 1
J. James 7 5 26 0 9 2
J. Conner 30 RB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 26 257 0
J. Conner 7 4 18 0 8 24
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 67 1
R. Switzer 1 1 7 0 7 0
J. Washington 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 49 1
J. Washington 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Nix-Jones 45 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 19 0
R. Nix-Jones 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hunter 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 6 0
J. Hunter 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 -1 0
B. Roethlisberger 1 1 -1 0 -1 22
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
V. Williams 98 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-14 0 1.0
V. Williams 6-1 1.0 0 0
C. Sutton 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-0 1 0.0
C. Sutton 5-0 0.0 0 0
M. Hilton 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-5 1 0.0
M. Hilton 4-1 0.0 0 0
J. Haden 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 0 0.0
J. Haden 3-0 0.0 0 0
T. Edmunds 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-5 1 0.0
T. Edmunds 3-0 0.0 0 0
B. Dupree 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-5 1 3.0
B. Dupree 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hargrave 79 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 3.0
J. Hargrave 2-3 1.0 0 0
A. Burns 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-5 0 0.0
A. Burns 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Boswell 9 K
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Boswell 1-0 0.0 0 0
V. McDonald 89 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
V. McDonald 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Tuitt 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-9 0 1.0
S. Tuitt 1-4 1.0 0 0
J. Bostic 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-13 0 2.0
J. Bostic 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Watt 90 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-10 0 6.0
T. Watt 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Davis 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-8 0 0.0
S. Davis 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Nix-Jones 45 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Nix-Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Alualu 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
T. Alualu 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
5/8 16/19
C. Boswell 2/2 24 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 43.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
29 43.1 12
J. Berry 4 43.0 3 69
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 24.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 21.1 35 0
R. Switzer 2 24.0 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 11.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 10.3 22 0
R. Switzer 2 11.0 15 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Dalton 14 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.9% 229 2 0 92.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.1% 1674 14 7 94.4
A. Dalton 26/42 229 2 0 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Mixon 28 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 64 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
71 336 2
J. Mixon 11 64 1 17 14
M. Walton 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 7 0
M. Walton 2 -2 0 -1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Green 18 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 7 85 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 494 5
A. Green 12 7 85 0 23 8
T. Boyd 83 WR
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 62 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 455 4
T. Boyd 9 7 62 2 16 18
C. Uzomah 87 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 171 1
C. Uzomah 7 6 54 0 13 5
J. Mixon 28 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 99 1
J. Mixon 7 4 20 0 8 14
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 40 0
A. Erickson 3 2 8 0 6 0
C. Core 16 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
C. Core 3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Bates 30 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-11 2 0.0
J. Bates 4-5 0.0 0 0
D. Dennard 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-6 0 0.0
D. Dennard 4-0 0.0 0 0
V. Burfict 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-7 0 0.0
V. Burfict 4-4 0.0 0 0
P. Brown 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-7 1 0.0
P. Brown 3-5 0.0 0 0
C. Dunlap 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-5 0 4.0
C. Dunlap 2-2 0.0 0 0
H. Nickerson 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-10 0 0.0
H. Nickerson 2-2 0.0 0 0
D. Phillips 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Phillips 2-0 0.0 0 1
W. Jackson 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 0.0
W. Jackson 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Evans 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-7 0 0.0
J. Evans 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Johnson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 1 0.0
M. Johnson 2-2 0.0 0 0
C. Fejedelem 42 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-5 0 0.0
C. Fejedelem 2-2 0.0 0 0
S. Williams 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-10 1 1.0
S. Williams 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Willis 75 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
J. Willis 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Jefferson 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Jefferson 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. McRae 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
T. McRae 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Hubbard 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 1.0
S. Hubbard 1-1 0.0 0 0
V. Rey 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
V. Rey 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Billings 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
A. Billings 0-2 0.0 0 0
G. Atkins 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-12 0 6.0
G. Atkins 0-1 0.0 0 0
B. Wilson 40 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
B. Wilson 0-1 0.0 0 0
N. Vigil 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-10 0 0.0
N. Vigil 0-2 0.0 0 0
J. Tupou 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
J. Tupou 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Bullock 4 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
7/9 21/21
R. Bullock 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Huber 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 45.0 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
22 42.9 12
K. Huber 6 45.0 4 63
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 40.7 51 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 34.6 51 0
A. Erickson 3 40.7 51 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 7.7 13 0
A. Erickson 1 6.0 6 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 25 4:09 8 31 Punt
9:51 PIT 16 0:51 3 2 Punt
4:36 PIT 25 5:03 10 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:15 PIT 10 1:53 3 9 Punt
5:25 PIT 25 4:18 8 75 TD
0:19 PIT 26 0:19 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:14 PIT 12 6:21 12 85 FG
5:17 PIT 24 5:07 7 31 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:19 PIT 12 5:47 10 82 FG
1:18 PIT 23 1:08 7 77 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:51 CIN 22 1:00 3 0 Punt
9:00 CIN 46 4:24 11 54 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:33 CIN 25 4:18 7 32 Punt
8:22 CIN 9 2:57 6 22 Punt
1:07 PIT 44 0:48 5 44 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 49 1:46 3 9 Punt
6:53 CIN 28 1:36 3 0 Punt
0:10 CIN 20 5:51 9 35 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:32 CIN 25 2:14 9 75 TD
0:10 CIN 25 0:10 2 13 Game