Things have gone from bad to downright miserable for the Steelers in the last three weeks.
Back in Week 13, Pittsburgh’s biggest problem was losing an undefeated season at the hands of Washington. Now, following an ugly 27-17 loss to the Bengals on “Monday Night Football” in Week 15, the Steelers have dropped three straight and are on the cusp of losing the AFC North.
Pittsburgh has already clinched a postseason berth, but it doesn’t look anything like a playoff team. Ben Roethlisberger is looking more and more like a 38-year-old quarterback. He completed 20 of 38 passes (52.6 percent) for just 170 yards with one touchdown and one interception against a Cincinnati team that gave up 30 points to the hapless Cowboys last week.
The big issue for Pittsburgh in the first half Monday was ball security; the Bengals scored all 17 of their points in the half following turnovers. They came up with two fumbles and an interception to give backup QB Ryan Finley short fields.
Finley wasn’t anything special, completing just 7 of 13 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown to go with a surprise 23-yard rushing TD. The big key for him was taking care of the football and allowing Giovanni Bernard to make plays at running back. Bernard finished with 83 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries and added a 14-yard TD catch.
The Bengals (3-10-1) don’t get much out of this win outside of some confidence heading into next year. Rookie QB Joe Burrow is out for the season, so they’ll hope this victory doesn’t hurt their draft stock too badly.
The Steelers (11-3) are now just one game ahead of the Browns in the AFC North with two games left to play. They have a tough slate down the stretch; they host the Colts next week before making a trip to Cleveland to end the regular season.
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Steelers vs. Bengals final score
Steelers vs. Bengals highlights from ‘Monday Night Football’
(All times Eastern)
11:20 p.m. — FINAL: Bengals 27, Steelers 17.
11:18 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, BENGALS. Seibert seals it with a 33-yard field goal to make it 27-17 with 12 seconds remaining.
11:12 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Roethlisberger’s pass on fourth down sails over James Washington’s head and falls incomplete. Bengals takes over at the Pittsburgh 24-yard line with 1:52 remaining.
11:09 p.m. — Two-minute warning. Steelers have it but it’s fourth and 10 at their 24-yard line after three-straight incompletions from Roethlisberger.
11:06 p.m. — Bengals punt. Steelers get the ball back at their 24-yard line with 2:17 remaining. Chance to tie the game, one timeout and the two-minute warning left to stop the clock
10:57 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, STEELERS. Benny Snell punches it in from 1 yard out following the defensive pass interference on third down to cut it to 24-17 with 5:32 remaining.
10:43 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BENGALS. Finley keeps it on the read option and runs it in untouched for a 23-yard TD. Cincinnati leads 24-10 with 11:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.
10:36 p.m. — END OF 3RD QUARTER: Bengals 17, Steelers 10. Cincinnati has it, first and 5 at its 47-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
10:30 p.m. — Steelers punt. Bengals’ defense comes up with the big stop and Cincinnati gets the ball back at its 20-yard line with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter.
10:26 p.m. — Bengals punt. Another three-and-out for Cincinnati. Steelers have a chance to tie it up, ball at their 32-yard line with 3:47 left in the third quarter.
10:21 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, STEELERS. Pittsburgh gets all the way down to the 7-yard line but can’t get in the end zone. Chris Boswell hits from 25 yards out to make it 17-10 with 5:27 remaining in the third quarter.
10:12 p.m. — Bengals punt. Finley had a chance for a big play to Tee Higgins but couldn’t connect. Steelers get the ball at their 26-yard line with 10:27 left in the third quarter, chance to make it a one-score game.
10:05 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, STEELERS. Roethlisberger goes deep up the right seam to Diontae Johnson for a 23-yard score to cut the deficit to 17-7 with 12:07 remaining in the third quarter.
10:00 p.m. — Bengals punt. Cincinnati goes three-and-out to start the second half. Steelers get the ball at their 33-yard line with 13:34 left in the third quarter.
9:43 p.m. — HALF: Bengals 17, Steelers 0.
9:39 p.m. — Bengals punt. Steelers get the ball back at their 28-yard line with 1:06 remaining in the half, two timeouts to spare.
9:36 p.m. — Two-minute warning. Bengals have it, second and 8 at their 28-yard line with all three timeouts remaining.
9:34 p.m. — Steelers punt. Bengals get the ball back at their 26-yard line with 2:29 left to play in the first half.
9:25 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BENGALS. Finley completes it over the middle to Bernard, who breaks a tackle and runs it in for the 14-yard TD. Cincinnati leads 17-0 with 4:20 remaining in the half.
9:22 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Things get even worse for Pittsburgh. On its best drive of the game, Roethlisberger is picked off by Mackenzie Alexander. After a late hit against the Steelers on the return, the Bengals take over at the Pittsburgh 26-yard line, 5:48 left to play in the first half.
9:08 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BENGALS. Giovanni Bernard busts through for a 4-yard TD and Cincinnait leads 10-0 with 12:05 left in the second quarter.
9:02 p.m. — END OF 1ST QUARTER: Bengals 3, Steelers 0. Cincinnait has it, third and 3 at the Pittsburgh 31-yard line to start the second quarter.
9:00 p.m. — FUMBLE. Cincinnati’s defense forces another turnover by blowing up the screen to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Bengals take over at Pittsburgh’s 38-yard line with 49 seconds left in the first quarter.
“You’ve got to go out there between the lines, go out there and hit him.” – Vonn Bell when asked earlier about JuJu dancing on the logo
JuJu just got rocked by Bell on the field 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 22, 2020
8:54 p.m. — WIDE RIGHT. Seibert can’t connect from 55 yards out and the Steelers will take over at their 45-yard line with 1:38 left in the first quarter.
8:45 p.m. — Steelers punt. Another three-and-out for Pittsburgh. Bengals take over at their 28-yard line, 3:34 left in the first quarter.
8:40 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, BENGALS. Cincinnati finally gets the first first down of the game, but only gains four total yards on the drive following an 11-yard sack of Ryan Finley on third and goal. Austin Seibert hits the 34-yard field goal to make it 3-0 with 5:12 left in the first quarter.
8:35 p.m. — FUMBLE. Ben Roethlisberger can’t control the snap and Josh Bynes pounces on the loose ball. Bengals take over at the Pittsburgh 20-yard line with 9:15 remaining in the first quarter.
8:31 p.m. — Bengals punt. Another three-and-out. Steelers take over at their 19-yard line with 9:22 to play in the first quarter.
8:29 p.m. — Steelers punt. That’s three-straight three-and-outs between the two teams to start the game. Bengals take over at their 24-yard line with 10:58 left in the first quarter.
8:24 p.m. — Bengals punt. Pittsburgh gets the ball back at its 22-yard line with 12:01 remaining in the first quarter.
8:20 p.m. — Steelers punt. Bengals take over at their 26-yard line with 14:00 left in the first quarter. Scary moment there as Derek Watt was lying down motionless after the big hit on the tackle. He’s able to get up and walk to the tent though.
8:15 p.m. — Bengals win the toss. They’ll kick off and the Steelers will get the ball to start.
Browns vs. Ravens start time
- Date: Monday, Dec. 21
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN app, fuboTV
|Week 1||Sept. 14||Steelers 26, Giants 16|
|Week 1||Sept. 14||Titans 16, Broncos 14|
|Week 2||Sept. 21||Raiders 34, Saints 24|
|Week 3||Sept. 28||Chiefs 34, Ravens 20|
|Week 4||Oct. 5||Packers 30, Falcons 16|
|Week 5||Oct. 12||Saints 30, Chargers 27|
|Week 6||Oct. 19||Cardinals 38, Cowboys 10|
|Week 7||Oct. 26||Rams 24, Bears 10|
|Week 8||Nov. 2||Buccaneers 25, Giants 23|
|Week 9||Nov. 9||Patriots 30, Jets 27|
|Week 10||Nov. 16||Vikings 19, Bears 13|
|Week 11||Nov. 23||Rams 27, Buccaneers 24|
|Week 12||Nov. 30||Seahawks 23, Eagles 17|
|Week 13||Dec. 7||Bills 34, 49ers 24|
|Week 14||Dec. 14||Ravens 47, Browns 42|
|Week 15||Dec. 21||Bengals 27, Steelers 17|
|Week 16||Dec. 28||New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills|