Pittsburgh was eliminated from postseason contention with its loss to the Bengals, who clinched the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs.
Last week it was a forced throw on the sideline in overtime, this time, Roethlisberger's errant pass and poor decision of throwing into two deep safeties burned the Steelers, who played perhaps their best defensive football game of the year.
The Steelers (7-8) are eliminated from the playoffs with the loss, one season after finishing 12-4, and having started 6-3 this year.
Injuries drug this team down, but the final game was decided by the poor play of Roethlisberger in particular, as well as some highly questionable coaching decisions.
The Steelers held the ball on fourth down with under two minutes to play. Staring at a 53-yard field goal, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin elected to kick anyway. Heinz Field has seen six successful field goals of more than 50 yards in its 11-year history.
It was a great defensive season at times, and it wasn't great at times. It was a great offensive season at times, and at others, it wasn't so good.
This team only played well at the same time over a glorious three-game run from Weeks 7-9, a streak that seemed to fade before we realized it.