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Bengals send Steelers to third straight loss

Cincinnati, a 14-point underdog, capitalizes on turnovers to end an 11-game losing streak in the series.
Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley didn't have the greatest passing game (seven completions for 89 yards), but his 23-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter restored Cincinnati's lead to 14 points as the Steelers were showing signs of rallying.
Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley didn't have the greatest passing game (seven completions for 89 yards), but his 23-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter restored Cincinnati's lead to 14 points as the Steelers were showing signs of rallying. [ BRYAN WOOLSTON | AP ]
Published Dec. 22, 2020

CINCINNATI — Giovani Bernard scored two first-half touchdowns after turnovers and the Bengals stunned the slumping Steelers 27-17 on Monday night.

The Bengals (3-10-1) led 17-0 at halftime and survived a rally by the Steelers, who lost their third straight after an 11-0 start. Pittsburgh didn’t get a first down until more than halfway through the second quarter.

Cincinnati snapped a streak of 11 straight losses to Pittsburgh in most unlikely fashion, with third-team quarterback Ryan Finley making his fourth NFL start. The second-year player out of N.C. State, starting in place of injured No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow, completed seven passes for 89 yards, but his 23-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter made it 24-10.

It was the second huge upset of this NFL weekend. Pittsburgh was a 14-point favorite, and the Rams were favored by 17 before losing to the previously winless Jets on Sunday. It was the first time since the 1970s that two teams favored by 14 points or more lost on the same weekend.

Three weeks ago, the Steelers were on track for the top overall seed in the AFC, but now they could end up a wild card. Pittsburgh has tough matchups left against the Colts and Browns. Cleveland now trails the Steelers by one game in the AFC North.

Pittsburgh drew within 24-17 and got the ball with 2:17 left at its 24 but Ben Roethlisberger threw four straight incompletions. A field goal then clinched it.

— By MITCH STACY