NFL | Bengals Eliminated from Postseason Contention

12/18/2016 05:24 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) picked up their fifth-straight win by beating the Cincinnati Bengals (5-8-1) Sunday afternoon inside Paul Brown Stadium.

The final score was 24-20 after Pittsburgh scored the game’s final 18 points.

As a result, the Cincinnati Bengals are eliminated from postseason contention.

“It’s disappointing,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “You can’t go on until you make the postseason. That’s the goal of every team in the league.”

The star of the afternoon was Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell, who tied a club record with six field goals.

The only other Steelers’ kickers who have made six field goals in a game were Gary Anderson (1988 vs. Broncos) and Jeff Reed (2002 vs Jaguars).

“Six-for-six,” said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. “He needs no endorsement from me. Shoot, I just gave him the game ball.”

Boswell’s six field goals got the Steelers close to the lead, but it was Ben Roethlisberger’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers in the fourth quarter that put Pittsburgh over the top.

Rogers, a former UofL receiver, had five receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown for the game.

Roethlisberger finished the day going 21/36 for 286 yards and one touchdown pass.

On the other side, the Bengals struggled, only collecting 222 yards of total offense.

Cincinnati running back Jeremy Hill had 43 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Meanwhile, his quarterback Andy Dalton scored the Bengals’ other touchdown, a one-yard run in the first quarter. Through the air, Dalton went 16/27 for 157 yards and an interception.

The loss snaps Cincinnati’s two-game winning streak. The Bengals are back in action Saturday night in Houston. Kickoff against the Texans is set for 8:25 p.m. ET.

The Steelers on the other hand will host the Ravens Sunday afternoon. A Pittsburgh victory would clinch the AFC North for the Steelers.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News and anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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