1:00 PM ET, November 15, 2009
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Stifling Bengals defense caps sweep of rival Steelers after Benson leaves
PITTSBURGH -- Maybe it wasn't a concession speech, even if it sounded like one. The Bengals spent most of the last 20 seasons chasing Pittsburgh, and now it's the other way around, and the Steelers realize it's a decidedly uphill climb.
Two weeks ago, Ben Roethlisberger was nearly perfect on third down in a Pittsburgh win. In Sunday's loss to the Bengals, Big Ben struggled.
Walker: D Carries Weight
Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and the Bengals' offense may get the headlines, but Sunday belonged to Cincinnati's defense, writes ESPN.com's James Walker Blog
• The Bengals won a road game without scoring an offensive TD for the third time in team history.
• Pittsburgh was held without a TD for the first time since Week 11 of last season.
• Cincinnati swept a season series with Pittsburgh for the first time since 1998.
• Carson Palmer won a game without a passing TD for the first time since Week 14 of the 2007 season.
• The Steelers have now allowed a return TD in seven straight games.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
It was only the fourth time since 1970 the teams met when both had winning records during the second half of the season. The Bengals have won all four (2009, 2005, 1990, 1981), each in Pittsburgh. ... Steelers coach Mike Tomlin lost for the first time in eight home games against a division team. ... Benson had 22 yards on seven carries before leaving.
PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 15: Laveranues Coles #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals can't make a catch as Troy Polamalu #43...(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.6||3.6|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-3||0-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|FG||04:43||Jeff Reed 28 Yd||0||3|
|TD||04:26||Bernard Scott 96 Yd Kickoff Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed)||6||3|
|FG||04:13||Jeff Reed 33 Yd||6||6|
|FG||00:12||Jeff Reed 35 Yd||6||9|
|FG||11:19||Shayne Graham 23 Yd||9||9|
|FG||06:41||Shayne Graham 32 Yd||12||9|
|FG||11:20||Jeff Reed 34 Yd||12||12|
|FG||07:29||Shayne Graham 32 Yd||15||12|
|FG||01:56||Shayne Graham 43 Yd||18||12|
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