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Steelers Post Game Notes

• Pittsburgh snapped a five-game winning streak with a loss to the Bengals and lost their first game at Heinz Field this season. The Steelers had won eight straight home games.
• The Steelers dropped to 47-32 all-time against the Bengals in the regular season.
• The attendance of 65,392 is the second-largest crowd in Heinz Field history, second behind only the 65,597 fans in attendance against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 25, 2009.
• The Steelers grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first quarter as K Jeff Reed booted a 28-yard field goal at the 4:43 mark of the first quarter.
• Cincinnati’s RB Bernard Scott returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, but the extra point failed, to make it 6-3 with 4:26 left in the first quarter.
• Pittsburgh tied the game at 6-6 as Reed hit his second field goal of the game, a 33-yarder with 4:13 left in the first half.
• The Steelers took the lead 9-6 just before halftime as Reed connected from 35 yards out with 12 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
• In the third quarter, K Shayne Graham made a pair of field goals (23, 32) to give Cincinnati a 12-9 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
• Reed was able to tie the game at 12-12 with a 34-yard field goal with 11:20 remaining in the game, his fourth field goal of the contest. The four field goals are the most by Reed since he booted four at New England on Nov. 30, 2008.
• However, Cincinnati was able to respond with a pair of field goals (32, 43) in the fourth quarter to take an 18-12 lead.
• The Steelers weren’t able to gain any first downs after getting the ball with less than two minutes remaining, resulting in the Bengals’ victory.
• Pittsburgh finished with 226 yards of total offense (80 rushing, 146 passing) while holding Cincinnati to only 218 yards (61 rushing, 157 passing).
• The Steelers had 16 first downs to the Bengals’ 14.
• Pittsburgh managed to convert only 20 percent (3 of 15) of its third-down attempts. Cincinnati converted 29 percent (4 of 14).
• Pittsburgh held the ball for 30:52 to Cincinnati’s 29:08.
• The Steelers were penalized five times for 50 yards while the Bengals were flagged seven times for 87 yards.
• Pittsburgh posted two sacks (LB James Harrison, LB LaMarr Woodley). Cincinnati had four sacks.
• QB Dennis Dixon (3rd QB), CB Keenan Lewis, FB Carey Davis, OG Kraig Urbik, OT Tony Hills, WR Shaun McDonald, DE Travis Kirsckhe and DE Sunny Harris were inactive for the Steelers.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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