The Pittsburgh Steelers had plenty on the line when they traveled to Paul Brown Stadium for a Week 13 game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. A win would move their record to 10-2 on the season, and all but end the Bengals’ playoff hopes for landing a Wild Card. On top of that, Pittsburgh keeping pace with the New England Patriots among the AFC Playoff Picture just added fuel to an already white hot fire.
Cincinnati won the opening coin toss, and it was the Steelers who got the first shot at putting points on the board, but the drive was stymied by an Adam Jones interception of Ben Roethlisberger on third down.
After a 15-yard penalty on Le’Veon Bell for unnecessary roughness on Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals’ first possession started well in Pittsburgh territory. However, the team’s defense was able to hold them to a field goal, this after Ryan Shazier was carted off the field on a stretcher, and the Bengals took an early 3-0 lead.
Following another Jordan Berry punt, the Bengals drove over 80-yards before Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green for the game’s first touchdown, and extended the Cincinnati lead to 10-0 with just under a minute left in the first quarter.