Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates a touchdown in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers' Choke-Job to Dallas Cowboys sets up Week 16 Showdown with Bengals

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The Dallas Cowboys were in control for much of their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Ben Roethlisberger would not let his team die as he rallied his team to take a late 24-17 lead, but an Antonio Brown fumbled punt let the Cowboys score on a short field, and then a Brandon Carr interception in overtime down to the PIT 1-yard line set up a Dan Bailey game-wining field goal to drop the Steelers to 7-7 and set up a Week 16 AFC North showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) that will see the loser likely out of the playoffs, while the winner will have a firm grasp of the sixth and final AFC wild card spot, and if the Baltimore Ravens lose out, the Bengals will have a great chance to win the AFC North division crown.

First thing’s first though: Next week’s game in Pittsburgh will be the biggest Bengals/Steelers matchup since Week 17 of the 2006 season, when the Bengals had a chance to beat the Steelers won a hard-fought game  in overtime to end Cincinnati’s hopes of making a repeat trip to the postseason for the first time since the 1981-82 season. The Bengals will suffer that same fate next week if they can’t overcome the Steelers in front of an electric Pittsburgh crowd who will be cheering and waving terrible towels like there’s no tomorrow.

 

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