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 is a Production Specialist based out of the Northern Kentucky Spectrum News bureau. When she’s not working at the station she is covering high school sports, Bengals or EKU games for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. She played basketball for Hope College in Michigan where she earned a degree in journalism. She says if she wasn’t covering athletics for a living, she’d still be up early checking scores and stats. You can get the latest on the Bengals, EKU or high school sports in Northern Kentucky by following Kaci on Twitter @Kacikust.

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