Steelers score 15 second-half points to beat Bengals in Cincinnati

  • Steelers score 15 second-half points to beat Bengals in Cincinnati

Steelers score 15 second-half points to beat Bengals in Cincinnati

The Steelers move to 9-5 and stay in first place.

OK, this one might not have reached the magnitude of the final minutes of last year's divisional round game against the Steelers, but it was sure was as jaw-dropping.

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell, right, kicks a field goal alongside punter Jordan Berry (4) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Cincinnati.

The Bengals led 20-6 in the second quarter but didn't score again.

Stephon Tuitt's face mask on the a third-and-7 on the opening series gave the Bengals a first down that they eventually turned into a Randy Bullock field goal and a 3-0 lead.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill celebrates his touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in Cincinnati.

Ben Roethlisberger threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers two plays after Sims' penalty to give the Steelers their first lead of the game, which they made stick.

Most of the credit goes to Steelers second-year kicker Chris Boswell, who striped six field goals to help Pittsburgh to its fifth straight victory, and some of the credit goes to Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (more on that below).

Boswell accounted for Pittsburgh's first 15 points with kicks from 45, 49, 49, 40, 49 and 30 yards. As part of his touchdown celebration, he grabbed a Terrible Towel a fan threw on the field, tried to tear it, and then threw it to the ground.

The Steelers' defense was able to force a three-and-out, and Ben Roethlisberger orchestrated a handsome drive which was capped off with an Eli Rogers touchdown reception.

Pittsburgh's defense continued to suffocate the Cincinnati offense, and was able to force a punt with just 5 minutes of time left in the game.

The win marks the 5th in a row for Pittsburgh, and advances their overall record to 9-5. The Ravens (8-6) held off the Eagles on Sunday, 27-26. The loss eliminated the Bengals from playoff contention.