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Steelers Steal One Late

In one of the more exciting games of the Sunday slate, the always entertaining rivalry between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati came down to the wire, with both teams scoring in the final two minutes. Steelers wide-out Antonio Brown snagged a 31 yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds to spare to put the game away.

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For the Steelers, they desperately needed this one. After tying the Browns in week 1 and losing to the Ravens shortly after, Pittsburgh was already behind the 8-ball in the AFC North, and trailed the Bengals by 2.5 games heading into today's matchup.

Roethlisberger, who's been a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde under center this year, shed any rumors of aging and threw for 369 yards and a score. Big Benjamin may be 36, but over the past two weekends, he's looked like a Greek god while throwing the pigskin. Steel city also got a massive ground game from James Conner -- who's quickly becoming a fan favorite -- as he rushed for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns.

After consecutive wins at Atlanta and Cincinnati, the Steelers look more like the team we thought they'd be heading into the season, and not the team that tied the Browns. The Browns for goodness sakes!

As for Cincinnati, their string of games this season in which they've come back and won finally ran out of thread. Kind of. Andy Dalton is quietly an absolute assassin on game-winning/tying drives and the Red Rifle came through again in the clutch, leading the Bengals to a touchdown to put them up by 1 with a minute left.

Oct. 15, 2018 - Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

Alas, Dalton's magic only pertains to the offensive side, and the defense allowed a Steelers touchdown late, all but sealing the deal. The key play on the drive was a controversial (and in my opinion, bogus) defensive holding call on Cincy, which revived a lackluster and nearing-defeat Pittsburgh drive. After the penalty, Pitt marched into field goal range and ended up scoring just a few plays later.

For the Bengals, the loss hurts, but all signs still point to this team playing in January. With a 4-2 record, Cincinnati is tied with Baltimore for the lead in the AFC North, perhaps the conference's strongest division, and certainly one likely to get multiple teams in the playoffs.

Overall, the team that wanted it most and needed it most came out on top. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will play again this season on Heinz Field, home of the mustard-colored Steelers.

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