In a game that took a backseat to a disturbing injury to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, the Pittsburgh Steelers scored 13 unanswered fourth quarter points to defeat their AFC North rival Bengals 23-20 in Cincinnati.
POST-GAZETTE: Steelers players were encouraged early Tuesday morning about the condition of their teammate Ryan Shazier, who was taken to UC Trauma Center after suffering what two players said was a spinal cord concussion.
Another team source told Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette that it was “better than it could have been.”
The Bengals were in complete control in the first half, scoring 17 straight points—including a pair of TD passes from Andy Dalton to AJ Green—the second, a 15-yard TD pass with just 31 seconds left in the half.
But the Steelers managed to move 71-yards on three plays to close the half with a field goal that would turn out to be very critical.
Because the Bengals are and continue to be the lowest scoring second half offense in the league.
I mean, it didn’t help that the Steelers Le’Veon Bell turned a dump pass from Ben Roethlisberger into a 35-yard TD pass when the Bengals defense failed to simply push him out of bounds in fact, defensive back William Jackson III actually moved out of his way giving the Steelers their first TD of the game.
After a Cinci field goal—their only points of the second half—the Steelers scored on their final three drives of the game—including a field goal by Chris Boswell on the game’s final play for the win.