Brown's kick sends Bengals into playoffs, Steelers home

4:30 PM, Dec 23, 2012   |    comments
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Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Bengals accomplished a feat they hadn't achieved in three decades. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, however, they'll now have to wait until next year.

Josh Brown booted a 43-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to give Cincinnati a 13-10 victory over the Steelers at Heinz Field, vaulting the Bengals into the playoffs while eliminating their AFC North rival in the process.

Cincinnati (9-6), an AFC wild card entry a year ago, last reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons in 1981 and 1982.

Brown's clutch kick came one play after Andy Dalton and A.J. Green connected on a 21-yard pass to the Pittsburgh 25, and two after Bengals safety Reggie Nelson intercepted Ben Roethlisberger near midfield with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.

Roethlisberger was picked off twice on the afternoon, with Leon Hall returning the first 17 yards for Cincinnati's lone touchdown of the game back in the first quarter. He finished just 14-of-28 for 220 yards and one touchdown in the loss, the third straight and fifth in six games for the spiraling Steelers (7-8).

Dalton finished with 278 yards on 24-of-41 passing and was also intercepted twice, with Green amassing 116 yards on 10 catches to help the resurgent Bengals to their sixth triumph in their last seven outings.

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