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Winners and Losers from Steelers division title-clinching win over Cincinnati Bengals

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A wild second half led to several winners, but generally speaking, the Steelers had a very strong outing overall.

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Antwon Blake - This man doesn't quit. Instead of letting Giovani Bernard run out of bounds with the clock winding down, he laid a big hit on him, keeping the play in bounds and giving the Bengals just one more play in the half. After that, a huge forced fumble late in the fourth quarter on Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green led to...

Antonio Brown - He burned cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick for a 63-yard touchdown run-after-catch that brought Kirkpatrick to the ground, and even shook fellow wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who was hustling down with Brown, to the ground. A monster play for Brown when his team needed him the most.

Brice McCain - Two interceptions and showed confidence in facing one of the league's best receivers. He should also stand as a testament to in-week coaching. The Steelers' cornerbacks in particular came to hit and tackle tonight, unlike the last two weeks.

Cameron Heyward - He really is turning into the defensive engine for the Steelers. Heyward had seven tackles, a sack, a QB hit and a tipped pass. A great all-around game for him.

Marcus Gilbert - Excellent protection overall against the Bengals best pass rusher, Carlos Dunlap. Pass protection was at a high level in this game, and Gilbert best demonstrated it. Zero sacks allowed in two wins over the Bengals this year.

Honorable mention - Jason WorildsBen Roethlisberger, Kelvin Beachum, Heath Miller, Martavis Bryant, Le'Veon Bell


Brad Wing - Fortunately, Wing is not paid to identify and deliver to open receivers on the field. He is paid to punt, though, and he didn't do that particularly well either. It appeared as if the call was to give Wing an option to throw if someone was open (no one was) or just pooch-kick it on a roll if it wasn't. The 10-yard interception wasn't good, clearly, but the throw was non-competitive enough it's a wonder how this play worked in practice to even have suggested it could be used in a game.

James Harrison - Andrew Whitworth is an excellent tackle, but Harrison brought nothing off that edge. A total victory for the offense on that side. Harrison's not the first guy Whitworth shut out, and he won't be the last.

Stephon Tuitt - Got some work to do against the run. It was a good game for him to have in the sense the Ravens will no doubt see it, and that should help the Steelers' defense identify what exactly they'll need to do this week in practice. It wasn't a strong game for the defensive left side of the line against the run, like it wasn't the best game from the right side in terms of pass rush.