Antonio Brown ripped off a 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left as the Pittsburgh Steelers revised their role as longtime tormentors over the Cincinnati Bengals, beating them 28-21 on Sunday.
It appeared that the Steelers were setting up for a long field goal as the clock ran down, but when the Bengals brought a big pressure, Ben Roethlisberger hit Brown on a quick pass and he ran unimpeded to the end zone. Steelers WR Justin Hunter might have gotten away with a hold on the play, as he threw a block for Brown.
Roethlisberger completed 32-of-46 passes for 369 yards and the late TD. Andy Dalton only completed 26-of-42 passes (with some shaky-handed receivers) for 229 yards, but he threw for two TDs — both to Tyler Boyd — and led a good late drive to take the lead.
But the Steelers once again had the last say in this rivalry game.
The two-point conversion by Juju Smith-Schuster capped the scoring in another wild Pittsburgh-Cincinnati matchup. The Steelers have now won six straight in the series and five straight over the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Brown finished with five catches for 105 yards and the game-winner. Early in the second, half Roethlisberger hit him on a 13-yard gain, and Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict appeared to hit Brown's helmet with his elbow, temporarily knocking Brown out of the game, but the play was not flagged.
These two of course have a long history, of course, dating back to the 2015 playoffs when Burfict's cheap shot on Brown helped set up the Steelers' win in this same stadium. Burfict has earned his reputation as one of the league's dirtiest players, and he can certainly expect the league to review the play from Sunday — even with no flag thrown.
Smith-Schuster caught seven balls for 111 yards, including a brilliant grab at the goal line, stealing the ball away from Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard. That set up one of two 1-yard rushing TDs by James Connor in what could be his final game as the unquestioned lead back with Le'Veon Bell perhaps ready to return.
The Bengals kept fighting in a game in which they were ravaged by injury. Dennard (shoulder) was knocked out of the game, as was Nick Vigil (knee). Burfict suffered a shoulder injury. Drops also were an issue for the Bengals; Cody Core had a bad drop to force a Cincy punt.
Joe Mixon also looked to injure his leg in the second quarter, and he sat out a series, but Mixon scored with 1:21 left in the game to give the Bengals a fleeting 21-20 lead. Mixon finished the game with 84 yards from scrimmage. The Bengals, though, were out-gained on the day, 481-275.
The Bengals were looking at their first 5-1 start in 13 years, but they instead fall to 4-2 and watch the Steelers advance to 3-2-1 in a massive game with division implications.