2005 Steelers at Bengals (Oct 23, 2005)      


2005 Season

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2005 Steelers 27 at Bengals 13

Ben returns from his knee injury, Parker and Bettis rush for 221 yds and the Bengals learn that the Steelers are still the bullies of the AFC North.

Cinci has opportunities early but squanders them. Their impressive opening drive comes up empty when an "almost" TD catch by Chad Johnson is overturned by replay, then a Chris Henry drop of a sure TD pass 2 plays later is followed by Shayne Graham's miss of a chip shot FG. Their next drive is just as impressive but stalls at the Steeler 8 as they settle for a 26-yd FG. Instead of being up 10-0 or 14-0, the Bengals lead only 3-0.

On Pittsburgh's next drive, Heath Miller catches 2 passes sandwiched between 8 runs -- the first for 20 yds and the 2nd for an easy 2-yd TD -- and the grind-it-out Steelers never trail again.

Interceptions by Chris Hope and Aaron Smith early in the 3rd quarter trigger a runaway 2nd half for Pittsburgh. Hope's INT sets up a FG and following Smith's INT, Willie Parker (18 att, 131 yds) breaks outside for a 39-yd TD run and a 17-6 Steeler advantage.

After a Cinci punt, Ben goes to Heath Miller again for 21, grinds Cinci with multiple runs by Bettis and Parker, and then hits a wide open Hines Ward in the end zone, after which Ward celebrates Pittsburgh's 24-6 lead by putting his hands on his hips and imitating a Riverdance jig a la Chad Johnson.

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