Bengals in playoffs with win over Steelers
Josh Brown kicked a 43-yard field goal with eight seconds left to help visiting Cincinnati clinch a playoff spot and knock rival Pittsburgh out of the postseason.
Leon Hall ran an interception back for a touchdown and Andy Dalton went 24-for-41 for 278 yards and a pair of interceptions for the Bengals (9-6), who are making back-to-back trips to the postseason for the first time since 1981-82.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 220 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Steelers (7-8), who have dropped five of their last six to fall out of a playoff spot.
Pittsburgh was driving for a chance to win when Roethlisberger was intercepted by Reggie Nelson with 14 seconds left. Dalton, who had struggled with the Steelers’ pass defense all afternoon, hit A.J. Green on the right sideline for a 21-yard gain, putting Brown in position for the go-ahead field goal.
Hall got the Bengals on the board with his 17-yard interception return and Brown made it a 10-0 gap in the second quarter before Pittsburgh fought back, tying it on Shaun Suisham’s 40-yard field goal with 4:05 left in the third quarter.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Cincinnati still has a shot at the AFC North title and a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The Bengals will face first-place Baltimore next week. … Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis was limited to 14 yards on 15 carries. He had gone over 100 yards in four of the previous five contests. … Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller (right knee) had to be carted off the field with 2:12 remaining in the game.
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