Brown inspires Steelers win

  • Last Updated: December 16 2013, 6:57 GMT

Antonio Brown caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a score in a 64-second span in the first quarter as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 30-20.

Antonio Brown goes in for a Steelers touchdown
Antonio Brown goes in for a Steelers touchdown

Shaun Suisham added three field goals for the Steelers (6-8), who built a 24-point lead and hardly looked like a team playing out the string.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 20 of 25 passes for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception. LeVeon Bell added 117 yards of total offense.

"It's always great when you dictate the game and play ahead and not play catch up," Brown said.

The victory kept Pittsburgh's ever-so faint postseason hopes alive even if simply avoiding the franchise's first losing season in a decade is a considerably more attainable goal.

"We're just trying to show people the guys on this team, the coaches, they still want to play and they have a lot of fight left in them," Steelers safety Ryan Clark said.

Andy Dalton completed 25 of 44 for 230 yards and two second-half touchdowns, but Cincinnati (9-5) never recovered after getting staggered early at frigid Heinz Field.

"We didn't make anything happen," Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said. "We didn't make any plays, create any opportunities."

Suisham's third field goal pushed Pittsburgh's advantage to 30-7 before the Bengals responded with Dalton's one-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert.

Dalton found Marvin Jones for a 13-yard score on fourth-and-5 with 5:51 to play, but Dalton's two-point conversion attempt was batted down, keeping the deficit at 10 points.


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