Brown, Steelers ice rival Bengals
PITTSBURGH — The Bengals lost their grip on the ball. Then they lost their grip on the game.
Antonio Brown caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a score in a 64-second span in the first quarter and the Steelers beat Cincinnati, keeping the Bengals from clinching the AFC North and staying barely alive in the playoff chase themselves.
Shaun Suisham hit three field goals for Pittsburgh, hardly looking like a team playing out the string.
Le'Veon Bell had 117 yards of total offense and a touchdown for the Steelers. Andy Dalton threw for two second-half touchdowns but Cincinnati never recovered after getting staggered early at frigid Heinz Field.
Bell scored two plays after Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber dropped a snap near the goal line and was brought down by Will Allen at the 1.
Later, after another Bengals punt, Pittsburgh went 47 yards in eight plays, with Ben Roethlisberger hitting Brown for a 12-yard score.