Steelers overcome adversity, rally to defeat Bengals


Steelers kicker Chris Boswell drilled a 38-yard field goal as time expired, leading Pittsburgh (10-2) to a 23-20 comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) in a bone-jarring Week 13 clash. Here’s what we learned in Monday night’s action:


1. This AFC North grudge match was played under a figurative pall, as the Steelers were visibly shaken after watching defensive leader Ryan Shazier placed on a backboard, carted off the field and sent by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation of a back injury sustained on the second possession of the evening. In tears for his fellow inside linebacker, Vince Williams was consoled by teammates in the moments after the injury. While Pittsburgh struggled to adjust for the next two quarters, Cincinnati took advantage with a 17-3 halftime lead featuring a 253-126 edge in net yards. It was perhaps the Bengals’ most compete half of football in two years.

2. The Steelers found their bearings in the second half, however, reversing the statistical domination. As Ben Roethlisberger found his groove in the fourth quarter, All-Pros Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown each cleared the century

Article source: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000888440/article/steelers-overcome-adversity-rally-to-defeat-bengals

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