Bengals leave it late to beat Steelers, stay unbeaten

Sun Nov 1, 2015 6:44pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Cincinnati Bengals stayed unbeaten, but it was not easy as quarterback Andy Dalton overcame two fourth-quarter interceptions to throw for 235 yards and the winning touchdown, rallying the Bengals to a 16-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Bengals left it late. Dalton's 9-yard touchdown to wide receiver A.J. Green gave them their first lead, 13-10, with 2:37 remaining.

Fifty seconds later, kicker Mike Nugent added a 44-yard field goal, his third of the game, to help the Bengals build a commanding 3 1/2-game game lead over the second-place Steelers (4-4) in the AFC North.

After the game, Vincent Rey looked around the Cincinnati locker room and smiled.

"7-0," the linebacker said to no one in particular. "7-0. How about that?"

Fellow linebacker Vontaze Burfict also weighed in: "Being 7-0 is great and being in first place is great but it's always a great feeling whenever we beat the Steelers," he said.

"They are our archrival. It's always extra special to come in here and beat them on their home field."

With the clock winding down, the Steelers drove to the Cincinnati 16 but the game ended on an incomplete pass by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Dalton completed 22 of 38 passes after entering the game with an NFL-best 161.1 passer rating, but was intercepted twice with the Bengals trailing 10-6, getting picked by Antwon Blake in the end zone and free safety Mike Mitchell at the Pittsburgh 24.   Continued...

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) runs the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Vince Williams (98) during the second half at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports