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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