1:00 PM ET, September 24, 2006
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- He hated the eight months of exhausting rehabilitation, and the team that made him go through it. Carson Palmer didn't play the way he wanted against the team he dislikes the most, but the result couldn't have been more satisfying.
|It was over when ...|
|The Bengals' Kevin Kaesviharn intercepted a pass from Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone with 10 seconds left in the game, preserving a 28-20 victory.||Game ball goes to ...|
|Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, who threw four touchdown passes and got a win over the team that ended his playoff run in January and forced him to endure eight months of rehabilitation.||Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
In this crucial divisional matchup, it was, surprisingly, a rather poorly played game littered with turnovers, special team errors and mental mistakes. Pittsburgh made more key mistakes, including a muffed punt late in the game and an early interception in the end zone that could have really put the Steelers in the driver's seat.
The conditions were extremely windy, creating a brutal disadvantage when the offenses were going into wind. The Steelers won the battle in the trenches in a hard-hitting game, but Roethlisberger did not play well at all and Pittsburgh simply had too many individual errors.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught a pair of touchdown passes 54 seconds apart in the fourth quarter of the Bengals' 28-20 win at Pittsburgh. The only other Bengals player ever to score two TDs within 60 seconds was Lemar Parrish, who did it on a pair of interception returns against the Houston Oilers in 1972.• For more Elias Says, click here
Cincinnati has started 3-0 the past two seasons, a franchise first. ... Johnson doesn't have a touchdown catch in his past four games against Pittsburgh. ... Roethlisberger is 8-2 against the AFC North, with the losses to Cincinnati. ... The Steelers had won 27 of 33 before losing two in a row. ... The road team has won six of the past seven in the series and each of the past four.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.3||4.6|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||5:56||Willie Parker 3 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:21
|TD||8:26||Chris Henry 16 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick) |
Drive: 14 plays, 97 yds, 8:19
|TD||14:55||Chris Henry 3 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 62 yds, 1:03
|FG||5:23||Jeff Reed 37 Yd |
Drive: 9 plays, 42 yds, 5:23
|TD||9:17||Willie Parker 1 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 7 yds, 2:05
|TD||7:01||T.J. Houshmandzadeh 9 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick) |
Drive: 1 plays, 9 yds, :03
|TD||7:55||T.J. Houshmandzadeh 30 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick) |
Drive: 1 plays, 30 yds, :07
|FG||11:42||Jeff Reed 36 Yd |
Drive: 15 plays, 62 yds, 3:47