PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04: Brett Keisel #99 of the Pittsburgh Steelers signals to the crowd during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 4, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Bengals Vs. Steelers: Pittsburgh Rolls In AFC North Battle

For more on this game, visit Bengals blog Cincy Jungle and Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain.

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NFL Scores Week 13, Steelers Vs. Bengals: Early Special Teams Mistakes Derail Cincinnati

In a crucial AFC North divisional showdown, a young Cincinnati Bengals team showed their age, committing a series of costly first-half penalties and special teams miscues that effectively ended their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers before it even began.

Pittsburgh only out-gained Cincinnati by 63 yards, but they took advantage of all the Bengals mistakes to win 35-7.

Before giving up a 60-yard punt return TD to Antonio Brown, Cincinnati had one field goal taken back on a delay of game penalty, another blocked and lost a fumble on a kick-off return.

The Steelers consistently took advantage of the short fields they received, as Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 60 yards and 2 TD's, while Ben Roethlisberger completed 15-23 passes for 177 yards and 2 TD's, both to WR Mike Wallace.

Pittsburgh's quick scores forced the Bengals to be one-dimensional, putting their rookie QB Andy Dalton in an extremely difficult position. He completed 11-24 passes for only 135 yards and 1 TD.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain, while Bengals fans can head over to Cincy Jungle.

SB Nation has you covered for the rest of Week 13's NFL action, too: check out all the Week 13 NFL news and scores and Week 13 fantasy stats in our dedicated StoryStreams, and head to SB Nation's NFL hub any time for even more on the league.

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VIDEO: Mike Wallace Gets Second TD Today On 20-Yard Screen Pass

Even a first-and-goal from the 20-yard line can't stop Pittsburgh's explosive offense today, as the Steelers dialed up a WR screen to Mike Wallace on a Cincinnati Bengals blitz:

Despite giving up a respectable 284 yards of total offense to Pittsburgh through three quarters, special team miscues and penalties by the Bengals have let the Steelers rack up fantasy points in a 35-7 game.

Mike Wallace has 3 catches for 38 yards and 2 TD's, while Rashard Mendenhall has 12 rushes for 60 yards and 2 TD's.

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VIDEO: Antonio Brown Scores On A 60-Yard Punt Return TD Against The Bengals

The special teams miscues just keep on coming for the Cincinnati Bengals in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After having one field goal taken back by a delay of game penalty and then another one blocked, the Bengals lost a fumble on a kick-return to go down 21-0.

But just as they were getting back in the game, they allow a 60-yard punt return TD to Steelers WR Antonio Brown, who was not touched by Cincinnati's punt team:

Punter Kevin Huber had the best chance to get a shot on Brown, which was really no chance at all.

Cincinnati actually outgained Pittsburgh 175-160 in total yards in the first half and had an edge in time of possession, but penalties and special team miscues have them down 28-7 to the Steelers.

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Steelers Vs. Bengals: Pittsburgh Up 21-0 On Cincinnati Miscues

For a young Cincinnati Bengals team that's surprised many by staying in playoff contention this late in the season at 7-4, an AFC North divisional showdown against the 8-3 Pittsburgh Steelers was supposed to be a statement game. 

Unfortunately, it's been the wrong kind of statement, as the Steelers have taken advantage of a series of Bengals mistakes to race out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.

Cincinnati safety Chris Crocker inexplicably grabbed Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace despite having excellent 1-on-1 coverage on a Ben Roethlisberger bomb, gift-wrapping a 45-yard pass interference penalty for the Steelers.

Four players later, Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall rumbled into the end-zone for his second rushing TD of the game.

On the ensuing kickoff, Cincinnati KR Brandon Tate had the ball stripped right out of his hands, giving Pittsburgh excellent field position deep in Bengals territory. 

Once again, the veteran Steelers team took advantage, as Roethlisberger found Wallace in the corner of the end-zone on a 12-yard pass a few plays later.

For the latest on the Steelers check out Behind The Steel Curtain and for more on the Bengals head over to Cincy Jungle.

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VIDEO: AJ Green Makes Nice Catch On Flea-Flicker

The flea-flicker is among the less creative trick plays in all of football. At it's core, it's not all that different than a play-action pass. When it works, though, it can be fun as the Cincinnati Bengals displayed on Sunday. Early in the first quarter Andy Dalton found AJ Green for 43 yards.


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Bengals Vs. Steelers: TV Schedule, Game Time Announcers And More

The Bengals and the Steelers are set to clash in an AFC North battle that will have playoff implications.

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NFL Picks And Predictions Week 13: Bengals Vs. Steelers

Who do the experts think will win in the second match up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals?

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NFL Odds And Lines Week 13: Bengals Vs. Steelers

The Bengals visit the Steelers Sunday to try to get solidify their standing in the AFC Wild Card race, but the Steelers are favored by seven points.

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