Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bengals 16, Steelers 10 Bengals Pull out Victory vs. Steelers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bengals 16, Steelers 10 Bengals Pull out Victory vs. Steelers

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Ben Roethlisberger threw three interceptions, two late in the game, in his first game back from a knee injury to aid the Cincinnati Bengals' 16-10 victory against the Steelers Sunday at Heinz Field.

To make matters worse for the Steelers, they lost halfback Le'Veon Bell to a right knee injury in the second quarter, perhaps for quite a while.

Cincinnati took the lead for the first time on Andy Dalton's 9-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green on third down with 2:57 left in the game.

The Bengals had not scored since the second series of the game.

That go-ahead scoring drive began when Roethlisberger rolled to his left against pressure with plenty of time from his 28 and forced a pass toward fullback Will Johnson along the sideline. But safety Shawn Williams intercepted it and Cincinnati set up shop at the Steelers 45 with 5:34 left.

The Bengals then drove to the touchdown that put them ahead.

With the Steelers down, 13-10 and 2:57 to go, Roethlisberger tossed his third interception when he overthrew Antonio Brown. Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson intercepted it and that led to a Mike Nugent 44-yard field goal with 1:47 left and the Bengals ahead by 6.

The Steelers did mount a late drive that reached the Cincinnati 16 with four seconds left. But Roethlisberger's pass for Antonio Brown was caught well past the end line as time expired.

Roethlisberger completed 28 of 45 passes for 262 yards and one touchdown pass to Brown to go with those three interceptions. He had a 57.8 passer rating for his first game since his MCL was sprained Sept. 27 in St. Louis.

Dalton fared little better. The NFL's passer rating leader had a 64.7 rating Sunday. He completed 23 of 38 for 231, two interceptions and that winning touchdown pass.

Bell was injured in the second quarter after he caught an 8-yard pass. Linebacker Vontaze Buffict, playing for the first time this year after a knee injury, tackled Bell along the sideline and his right knee bent awkwardly in the process. …

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