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Steelers come up big in Cincinnati

Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 122 yards behind a makeshift offensive line, Ben Roethlisberger had his typical magnificent night and Ike Taylor kept A.J. Green quiet as the Steelers rallied to beat the Bengals 24-17 in Cincinnati to get back to .500.

Despite a sloppy start, the Steelers dominated the second half and found their first road win of the season, improving to 3-3 and earning a victory in their first division game of the year.

“It puts us right there in the hunt,” said safety Ryan Clark.

Jonathan Dwyer led the offensive effort in the absence of starting running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, rushing for a total 122 yards on the night. Ike Taylor made his presence known on defense, keeping the Bengals’ stand out wide receiver A.J. Green in check for the majority of the game.

Ben Roethlisberger threw a rare interception into double coverage in the end zone in the first and committed a costly fumble in the second that led to a scoring drive for the Bengals. But the reliable Roethlisberger stepped up in the second half to finish 27 of 37 with 278 yards, leading his team to a meaningful win.

The Steelers took an early lead with a field goal from Shaun Suisham in the first quarter, but it didn’t last long. Pittsburgh missed opportunities on both offense and defense, including multiple dropped passes by Mike Wallace. Cincinnati capitalized on the Steelers’ mistakes with a touchdown on a five-yard run from Cedric Peerman, giving the Bengals a 7-3 advantage.

The Roethlisberger fumble led to a quick Bengals touchdown on an eight-yard pass to A.J. Green in the first play of the new possession, making it a 14-3 game.

The Steelers came up with a big response to end the half. Suisham nailed another field goal, and an interception by LaMarr Woodley set up the drive of the game, leading to a nine-yard touchdown pass to Heath Miller and a successful two-point conversion attempt to tie the game 14-14 at the end of the second.

Rookie Chris Rainey’s first NFL career touchdown at the end of the third was the difference maker that sealed the deal for the Steelers, giving them a 24-17 lead and the final victory.

For a team that’s been recently overcome with injury, the Steelers couldn’t have asked more of the players who filled the gaps.

“I’m proud of the way those young guys stepped up,” said Roethlisberger. “There never was a doubt they would do that.”

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