MX23RW : Wednesday, January 16 02:31:19
Dec 29, 2014 at 1.30am UK at ​Heinz Field
Cincinnati Bengals
17-27
Pittsburgh Steelers
FT
Bernard (2:43)
7
Q1
7
Brown (10:50)
3
Q2
13
Bryant (5:52)
0
Q3
0
Gresham (11:14)
7
Q4
7
Brown (2:50)

Result: Pittsburgh Steelers claim AFC North title with victory over Cincinnati Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers clinch the AFC North title as they defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-17 in their clash at Heinz Field to earn the number three seed in the AFC.

The Pittsburgh Steelers produced a solid display to secure the AFC North title with a 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals to lock up the number three seed in the AFC playoffs.

The Steelers took the lead in the first quarter when Antonio Brown dodged several tacklers on a punt from Kevin Huber, and he reversed his direction and found an open field to score a 71-yard touchdown.

Cincinnati responded as Andy Dalton produced a solid drive before finding Giovani Bernard over the middle of the field, and the back ran all the way to the one-yard line before jumping over a defender to reach the endzone.

The Bengals took the lead when Mike Nugent kicked a 39-yard field goal following an error from Ben Roethlisberger as he fumbled the ball, but Shaun Suisham tied the scores with an effort from 29 yards.

Pittsburgh restored their lead when Dalton was intercepted by Brice McCain as AJ Green tipped the ball into the cornerback's hands. Two plays later Roethlisberger fired to Martavis Bryant on a screen pass and the receiver sprinted in for a 21-yard score.

Roethlisberger had three attempts to score a touchdown before the half, but his throws all fell incomplete, leaving Suisham to knock a 25-yard effort through the posts.

In the third quarter neither side could add to the scoreboard as Nugent missed a 50-yard field goal, while Roethlisberger saw his pass intercepted by Reggie Nelson.

The Bengals brought themselves back into the game early in the fourth when Dalton drove his team inside the red zone, and then found Jermaine Gresham for a five-yard score with a throw to the flat.

Pittsburgh tried to extend their next drive to restore their comfortable lead, but Suisham's attempted pass from punt was intercepted by Dane Sanzenbacher. However, the Bengals gave the ball right back to the home side when Green fumbled the ball, allowing Antwon Blake to recover.

Mike Tomlin's men sealed their win as Roethlisberger drilled a pass to Brown down the right sideline, who somehow managed to beat the coverage of Dre Kirkpatrick to score a 67-yard touchdown.

Pittsburgh now face their bitter rivals the Baltimore Ravens in the wildcard round of the playoffs next week at Heinz Field, while the Bengals travel to play the Indianapolis Colts.

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Martavis Bryant #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his second quarter touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field on October 26, 2014
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