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Bengals headed to playoffs

Published December 23, 2012 6:16 pm

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Pittsburgh • Josh Brown kicked a 43-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining to lift the Cincinnati Bengals over the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10 on Sunday, sending the Bengals to the playoffs for a second straight season.

Reggie Nelson picked off Ben Roethlisberger and returned it to the Pittsburgh 46 with 14 seconds remaining. Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green for 21 yards on the next play, setting up Brown's game-winner.

Dalton completed 24 of 41 for 278 yards and two interceptions for the Bengals (9-6).

Roethlisberger completed 14 of 28 passes for 220 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, including his costly mistake in the final seconds that ended Pittsburgh's playoff hopes. Bengals 13,Steelers 10

Cincinnati 7 3 0 3 — 13

Pittsburgh 0 7 3 0 — 10

First Quarter

Cin • Hall 17 interception return (Brown kick), 2:15.

Second Quarter

Cin • FG Brown 41, 1:53.

Pit • A.Brown 60 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick), 1:09.

Third Quarter

Pit • FG Suisham 40, 4:01.

Fourth Quarter

Cin • FG Brown 43, :04.

Attendance • 63,236.

Cin Pit

First downs 16 15

Total Net Yards 267 280

Rushes-yards 16-14 31-95

Passing 253 185

Punt Returns 3-(-2) 2-6

Kickoff Returns 0-0 3-67

Interceptions Ret. 2-27 2-6

Comp-Att-Int 24-41-2 14-28-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 6-25 4-35

Punts 6-52.7 7-45.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1

Penalties-yards 7-55 5-63

Time of Possession 28:15 31:45

Individual Statistics

Rushing • Cincinnati, Green-Ellis 15-14, M.Jones 1-0. Pittsburgh, Mendenhall 11-50, Dwyer 14-39, Redman 3-4, Roethlisberger 2-3, Wallace 1-(minus 1).

Passing • Cincinnati, Dalton 24-41-2-278. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 14-28-2-220.

Receiving • Cincinnati, Green 10-116, M.Jones 5-65, Gresham 3-38, Hawkins 3-30, Tate 1-23, Whalen 1-6, Green-Ellis 1-0. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 5-97, Miller 3-45, Redman 2-32, Cotchery 2-20, Sanders 1-13, Wallace 1-13.

Missed Field Goals • Cincinnati, Brown 56 (SH). Pittsburgh, Suisham 24 (WL), 53 (SH).