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Paced by Brown's punt return and two interceptions, Steelers take 20-10 lead into locker room. Steelers will kick off to start the second half.

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Pittsburgh looked sluggish at first, but roared to a finish in the first half of their AFC North title game against Cincinnati.

The Steelers' offense started slowly, possibly due to the illness of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but two turnovers by the Steelers' defense overcame one of their own, as the Black-and-Gold took a 10-point lead into the locker room at halftime in their AFC North title game against Cincinnati.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has five catches and 50 yards for his 32nd consecutive game, but it was his 67-yard punt return for a touchdown that set the tone early in the game.

Cornerback Brice McCain has two interceptions, both off of targets to Bengals receiver A.J. Green. The first was a miscommunication between Andy Dalton and Green, but McCain played the route perfectly, and would have been in position to make a play on the ball had Green kept running.

The second one was pure Dalton - a bad overthrow of Green across the middle tipped off of Green's hands and right into McCain's. His return landed inside the 30, and a quick-screen to rookie Martavis Bryant led to a 21-yard touchdown run.

The Steelers would get the ball back on the half's last drive, and put together an impressive run of plays that fizzled in the red zone. It allowed Shaun Suisham to bonk a chip-shot off of the left upright, giving the Steelers a 20-10 lead.

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