The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals renewed their rivalry at Heinz Field in Week 7, and there was a lot on the line for the home team. With a win the Steelers would start with a 3-0 record in the AFC North for the first time since 2008, would extend their lead in the division as well as take first place in the AFC.
But they would have to get through the Bengals first, and after Cincinnati lost the toss, Pittsburgh chose to start the game with the football. It was Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown who were the focal points as the team worked their way down the field into the red-zone with ease. While this area of the field had been an issue for Pittsburgh in past weeks, Ben Roethlisberger hit Brown for a 7-yard touchdown to give the Steelers an early 7-0 lead, after the Chris Boswell point after touchdown.
After the two teams exchanged punts, Cincinnati moved the ball 56-yards, orchestrated by big runs for Joe Mixon, and was capped off with an Andy Dalton touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell for the tying score.
The score would remain tied 7-7 heading into the second quarter.