Boswell’s six field goals give Pitts­burgh win

STEEL­ERS 24, BEN­GALS 20

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Joe Kay

cincin­nati» The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers took con­trol of the AFC North by do­ing a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing dur­ing a month-long win­ning streak: throw­ing it, run­ning it, play­ing some steely de­fense.

Their fifth straight vic­tory came a whole new way. Call it the kick-6.

Chris Boswell tied the club record with six field goals, and Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw a touch­down pass in the fourth quar­ter Sun­day, ral­ly­ing Pitts­burgh to a 24-20 vic­tory over Cincin­nati that kept the Steel­ers in con­trol of the di­vi­sion and elim­i­nated the Ben­gals from play­off con­tention.

“We’ve said we’ll win the game how we have to win it,” Roeth­lis­berger said.

The Steel­ers (9-5) won their fourth in a row at Paul Brown Sta­dium, with Boswell mak­ing field goals of 45, 49, 49, 40, 49 and 30 yards. And now they would clinch the North by beat­ing the Ravens (8-6) at Heinz Field next Sun­day.

“A lot of guys are treat­ing this like it’s the play­offs al­ready,” line­backer Ryan Shazier said.

The Ben­gals (5-8-1) had some play­off flash­backs.

Last Jan­uary, Cincin­nati melted down in the fi­nal minute for an 18-16 loss to the Steel­ers in the open­ing round of the play­offs. Penal­ties on Von­taze Bur­fict and Adam “Pac­man” Jones set up Boswell’s 35yard field goal in the clos­ing sec­onds.

Bur­fict and Jones got per­sonal fouls again on Sun­day as the an­i­mos­ity car­ried over. Bur­fict tack­led Roeth­lis­berger af­ter he got rid of the ball, and Jones was flagged for taunt­ing.

“They let Pitts­burgh do what­ever they wanted to,” said a fum­ing Ben­gals cor­ner­back Dre Kirk­patrick. “They should’ve been call­ing stuff on them, too.”

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