Early in the fourth quarter with a 21-20 lead by the Bengals, Andy Dalton fumbled on the Cincinnati 24 yard line which Pittsburgh recovered and set up for a Le'Veon Bell touchdown and a two-point conversion attempt to make it a 28-21 Steelers with 12 minutes left.
It was all Steelers in the fourth quarter.
“We had the turnover that hurt us and they started rolling. You can't have that at that point in the game. We needed to put a drive together after that and we didn't. It sucked the life out of us,” Dalton said.
Ben Roethlisberger connected with Martavis Bryant for a long 94-yard touchdown. Then on their next possession Bell sealed the deal for the Steelers scoring a 22 yard rushing touchdown.
Bell finished with 185 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and three total touchdowns for the Steelers.
“If we turn the ball over, we can't get down on ourselves. We have to respond to that and come back and have another big drive and we have to get better at that,” A.J. Green said.
Green had a monster day receiving for 224 yards and a touchdown. He connected with Dalton for a long 81-yard touchdown.
Dalton finished 21-of-29 302 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and scored a 20-yard rushing touchdown.
The Bengals rushing game combined for 86 total yards. Rookie Jeremy Hill rushed for a team high 46 yards. Giovani Bernard rushed for 17 yards.
“We were really clicking at some points in the game and it's tough when you stall out in the fourth quarter when you really need it the most. We just have to do a better job protecting Andy Dalton, making sure he's not getting hit and has time to throw the football,” Hill said.
Bengals now move to 8-4-1 on the season.
Next Sunday, the Bengals will travel to Cleveland for a 1 p.m. kick off on FOX19 NOW.
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