The Steelers won the toss and came out strong on the opening drive. Le’Veon Bell caught a short pass for five yards and a facemask penalty tacked on another 15 yards. Bell added a four-yard run and then working out of the no huddle Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for 12 yards. Bell added a four and one yard run, but on third down was stopped short after just a two-yard gain, forcing a punt.
The Bengals started at their own seven-yard line, and a strong stand by the defense quickly shut them down. Andy Dalton completed a nine-yard pass to A.J. Green, but Troy Polamalu broke up Dalton’s pass and Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis was held for no gain.
Bengals’ punter Kevin Huber mishandled the snap, and was tackled by Will Allen for a 15-yard loss at the one-yard line. The Steelers took advantage with a one-yard touchdown run by Bell for a 7-0 lead.
The defense, fueled by an eight-yard sack by Ziggy Hood, held the Bengals again, giving the offense another shot. Bell bulled his way for a nine-yard reception, and added one for the first down. Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for a four-yard gain, but Bell was stopped for no gain on the next play. On third down James Harrison stopped Jerricho Cotchery for only a two-yard gain. The Steelers went for it on fourth down, and it paid off with a 16-yard completion to Bell. Bell added a two-yard run and on the next play Roethlisberger had all day and found Brown in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown and 14-0 lead.
After another stop by the defense, the Steelers came up big again with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown by Antonio Brown for a 21-0 lead. On the play Huber was hit, was down on the field for several minutes, but walked off the field.
Tags: Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, Jerricho Cotchery, Le'Veon Bell, Will Allen
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