The Steelers entered the game expecting to do battle with a pack of ferocious tigers. But instead, they faced a litter of gentle kittens. At least that’s what it seemed like when the Steelers played the Cincinnati Bengals today.
The Bengals entered the game as surprising playoff hopefuls who were only one game behind the Steelers and Ravens in the AFC North. A win over the Steelers would help keep the Bengals in playoff contention, and announce to the world that Cincinnati was ready to play with the big boys.
But none of that would matter, as the Steelers easily bested the over-matched Bengals 35-7.
The Steelers set the tone for the game on the Bengals first offensive possession. The Bengals tried to go for a field goal from within the red zone, and the Steelers blocked it. From there, things got even worse for the Bengals.
The Steelers scored 4 touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, and put the game out of reach before halftime. Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 2 touchdowns, Ben Roethlisberger threw a TD pass to Mike Wallace, and Antonio Brown returned a punt for another touchdown.
By the time the 2nd half began, the Steelers already enjoyed a 28-7 lead. But Big Ben threw another touchdown pass to Mike Wallace in the 3rd quarter to give the Steelers a 35-7 lead, and put the game out of reach for good.
Other Steelers notes:
- Hines Ward led the Steelers with 5 catches, and became the 19th receiver in NFL history to accumulate 12,000 career receiving yards.
- James Harrison had 3 sacks, and increased his season total to 8 sacks. That leaves him one sack behind LaMarr Woodley’s team leading 9 sacks.