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Steelers-Bengals highlights, lowlights

October 22, 2012
By Buck Frank (bfrank@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers' 24-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati:

Play of the game: Pittsburgh running back Chris Rainey followed a block from tight end Heath Miller on the Bengals' Vontaze Burfict and raced 11 yards for the game-winning touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Offensive player of the game: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 27-of-37 passes for 278 yards with one touchdown and one interception. At least four of his incompletions were drops.

Defensive player of the game: Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor, beaten repeatedly last week against Tennessee, helped hold the Bengals' A.J. Green to just one catch for 8 yards.

Most telling statistic: The Steelers' time of possession was 37 minutes, 30 seconds, which was 15 minutes more than the Bengals.

Amazing statistic: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is just 1-10 against the Steelers in Cincinnati.

Best pass: Roethlisberger fired a 31-yard strike to Emmanuel Sanders on a third-and-6 play from the Cincinnati 45-yard line on the final play of the third quarter. Two players later, Rainey scored the game-winner.

Worst pass: The Bengals' Andy Dalton had an "excuse-me'' throw bounce off right guard Kevin Zeitler's helmet and into the hands of Pittsburgh outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley.

Best run: Pittsburgh's Jonathan Dwyer put the game away with a 32-yard burst on third-and-7 late in the fourth quarter.

Best catch: Miller snagged a two-point conversion pass on a fade pattern in the second quarter.

Dropped pass(es): The Steelers' Mike Wallace dropped four, although on one in the end zone, the ball was tipped. The biggest drop, though, was by Steelers running back Baron Batch, who looked lost as he ran wide open while trying to grab a pass from receiver Antonio Brown in the second quarter. The play could have gone for a touchdown.

Best block: Miller had several. On one in the third quarter, he took out Cincinnati cornerback Terence Newman on a short pass to Wallace that went for 12 yards.

Missed block: Pittsburgh rookie right tackle Mike Adams couldn't keep Robert Geathers from pressuring Roethlisberger in the second quarter, and Roethlisberger ended up fumbling the ball on the play.

Best tackle: Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton dropped Cincy's BenJarvus Green-Ellis for a 2-yard loss on a second-and-8 run late in the fourth quarter.

Best hit: Woodley and Larry Foote combined to pop Bengals receiver Brandon Tate on a 3-yard reception in the second quarter.

Missed tackle: Bengals nose tackle Domata Peko failed to stop Dwyer on a 14-yard run from the Pittsburgh 43 to the Cincinnati 43 late in the fourth quarter.

Best coverage: Taylor knocked down a third-and-3 pass to Green in the fourth quarter. In addition, Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis tipped away a deep pass to Green in the third quarter and knocked the ball from Ryan Whalen

Worst coverage: Cincinnati allowed Brown to catch seven passes for 96 yards, with most of them coming in key situations.

Best kick: Roethlisberger pooched a punt that traveled 26 yards and pinned the Bengals at their 11 late in the game.

Worst kick: None worth noting.

Best return: Rainey took back the opening kickoff 41 yards to the Pittsburgh 40.

Best decision: It goes against the two-point code of conduct, but the Steelers converted a two-point play in the second quarter to tie the game at 14-14.

Worst decision: The Bengals challenged that Wallace fumbled the ball on a 2-yard reception in the third quarter and lost a timeout in the process.

Best effort: Dwyer filled in for Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman and rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries.

Unsung hero(es): Many could be on this list - Doug Legursky, Willie Colon, Shaun Suisham, Ryan Clark, Dick LeBeau, etc.

Best moment: Sanders apparently faked a cramp to help the Steelers avoid wasting a timeout in the fourth quarter. He was helped to the sideline but was back on the field soon thereafter.

Replays: The Bengals lost the Wallace non-fumble call and also burned another timeout in the fourth quarter when they unsuccessfully challenged a Wallace reception. An official review of Roethlisberger's fumble was also upheld.

 
 

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