The Pittsburgh Steelers entered their Week 17 matchup with a simple, yet unfavorable, playoff scenario. Beat Cincinnati at Heinz Field, and hope the Cleveland Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens in Maryland — you’re in. Anything else happens, and the Steelers will be on the outside looking in when the playoffs start next week.
With the focus on just taking care of the business they control, the Steelers started the game with the football, but were unable to do any damage on their first drive of the game. When Jeff Driskel took over the the Bengals’ first drive, it was Pittsburgh’s defense which stood tall and forced a three-and-out.
After a series of punts, the first quarter ended 0-0 with the Steelers possessing the ball when time expired on the first frame.