Bengals face regional rival Colts in playoffs



The road to Super Bowl XLIV goes through I-74 for the Bengals.

Cincinnati lost 27-17 in the Sunday night matchup in Pittsburgh.

Steelers claimed an AFC North crown and the Bengals booked a bus trip to Indianapolis for a postseason matchup on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Bengals end the season with a 10-5-1 record. The 11-5 Colts clinched the AFC South with a win against Houston on December 14.

Halftime update: 

Cincinnati kicker Mike Nugent knocked in a 39-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Pittsburgh evened the score with a 29-yard field goal with 7:40 remaining in the half.

The Steelers capitalized on a Dalton interception with a Roethlisbeger 21-yard TD pass to Martavis Bryant at the 5:58 mark.

The defense held Pittsburgh to a 25-yard field goal with less than a minute in the first half.

Bengals trail 20-10 as the second half gets underway.

First quarter recap:

The first quarter ends with a 7-7 tie in Pittsburgh.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown scored on a 71-yard punt return early in the first quarter.

Cincinnati has countered with an Andy Dalton 17-yard pass to Giovanni Bernard.

Second quarter begins with Bengals on offense.

First report: 

PITTSBURGH – The Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers regular-season finale has division and playoff implications.

Both teams have secured a spot in the playoffs. Tonight’s winner will claim the AFC North crown and a home playoff game next week. The loser will have a first-round playoff matchup on the road against the Indianapolis Colts.

Andy Dalton and the 10-4-1 Bengals are on prime-time TV for the second week in a row. The Steelers have a 10-5 record.

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