Bengals drop AFC North title game; set to face Colts in playoffs

12/29/2014 11:30 AM

Turnovers continued to plague the Bengals in primetime Sunday night. Cincinnati lost the AFC North title game to the Steelers 27-17 in a game that included two Andy Dalton interceptions and an A.J. Green fumble. The Green fumble came on a late fourth quarter drive and kept the Bengals from making a comeback.

In addition to Bengals turnovers, the Steelers got plenty of help from wide receiver Antonio Brown. A 71-yard punt return and a 63-yard touchdown reception by Brown gave the Steelers a win.

For Cincinnati, this game didn’t matter much outside of a division title. AFC North Champs or not, the entire season will be remembered by whether or not they can get past the playoff hump, and next Sunday they’ll have their chance. If the Bengals want to finally win a playoff game they’ll have to learn from Sunday night’s turnovers. Cincinnati is 8-1 this season when they win or tie the turnover battle. They’re 2-4-1 when they lose it. In each of their three playoff losses, they’ve never won the turnover battle.

The Bengals finished the regular season 10-5-1 in second place in the AFC North. They are the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs and will head to Indianapolis to face the Colts Sunday at 1 p.m.

Kaci Kust

Kaci joined cn|2 in May 2012 and is a graduate of Hope College in Michigan where she earned a degree in journalism. After playing basketball in college, Kaci chose to follow her passion for sports and become a sports reporter. In fact, she says if she wasn’t covering athletics for a living, she’d still be up early checking scores and stats. Follow Kaci on Twitter @KaciKustCN2.

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