Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen (20) tackles Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber (10) in the end zone the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals Trail Steelers 27-7 at Half; First-Half Box Score

 

When you combine a series of unfortunate events with a team clearly not ready to play, you have the Cincinnati Bengals trailing a 5-8 Pittsburgh steelers team at halftime,

After how the game started, the Bengals are probably lucky to not be down by a bigger margin after the Steelers jumped-out to a 21-0 lead.

Surprisingly, it was the normally reliable special teams that hurt the Bengals most. IT started when punter Kevin dropped a snap back at his own 1-yard line on a punt, and the Steelers scored two plays later after Le’Veon Bell ran it in for the score.

Two drives later, Huber found himself punting again, and disaster struck again as Steelers receiver Antonio Brown took it to the house for the score to put the Bengals in a 21-0 hole. Huber was also injured on the play after getting blocked and fracturing his jaw, and is out for the rest of the night.

The Bengals finally got on the board after a Brandon Tate 50-yard kickoff return set them  up, and Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green on two big plays and Giovani Bernard finished the drive off with a 1-yard score, but the Steelers still lead 27-7 at the half.

 

Cincinnati Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT RAT.
A. Dalton 7/17 65 3.8 0 0 52.3
Team 7/17 57 3.4 0 0

 

Pittsburgh Passing

C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT RAT.
B. Roethlisberger 14/17 119 7.0 1 0 115.4
Team 14/17 119 7.0 1 0

 

Cincinnati Rushing

CAR YDS AVG TD LG
G. Bernard 6 17 2.8 1 7
A. Dalton 3 15 5.0 0 9
B. Green-Ellis 3 2 0.7 0 1
K. Huber 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team 13 34 2.6 1 9

 

Pittsburgh Rushing

CAR YDS AVG TD LG
L. Bell 11 26 2.4 1 8
F. Jones 5 22 4.4 0 12
J. Dwyer 2 15 7.5 0 10
Team 18 63 3.5 1 12

 

Cincinnati Receiving

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
A. Green 4 43 10.8 0 19 8
G. Bernard 2 13 6.5 0 8 4
M. Sanu 1 9 9.0 0 9 2
A. Hawkins 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
M. Jones 0 0 0.0 0 0 2
Team 7 65 9.3 0 19 17

 

Pittsburgh Receiving

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
A. Brown 3 35 11.7 1 12 4
E. Sanders 4 30 7.5 0 21 4
L. Bell 3 30 10.0 0 16 3
H. Miller 3 22 7.3 0 9 3
J. Cotchery 1 2 2.0 0 2 2
M. Spaeth 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
Team 14 119 8.5 1 21 17

 

Cincinnati Fumbles

FUM LOST REC
K. Huber 1 0 0
K. Huber 0 0 1
Team 1 0 1

 

Pittsburgh Fumbles

FUM LOST REC
Team 0 0 0

 

Cincinnati Tackles

TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
R. Nelson 5 3 0 0 0 1 0
V. Burfict 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Jones 4 3 0 2 0 0 0
M. Johnson 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Harrison 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
R. Maualuga 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Crocker 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Peko 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
W. Gilberry 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
V. Rey 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Kirkpatrick 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
B. Thompson 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
G. Iloka 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
Team 38 23 0 2 1 1 0

 

Pittsburgh Tackles

TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
L. Timmons 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Heyward 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Clark 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
I. Taylor 2 1 0 0 2 0 0
Z. Hood 2 2 1 1 0 1 0
J. Worilds 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
A. Woods 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Allen 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
V. Williams 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
T. Polamalu 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
W. Allen 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
W. Gay 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
H. Fangupo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jones 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Garvin 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Team 26 18 1 2 4 2 0

Cincinnati Kick Returns

NO YDS AVG TD
B. Tate 2 69 34.5 0
C. Peerman 1 19 19.0 0
Team 3 88 29.3 0

 

Pittsburgh Kick Returns

NO YDS AVG TD
F. Jones 1 20 20.0 0
Team 1 20 20.0 0

 

Cincinnati Punt Returns

NO YDS AVG TD
Team 0 0 0.0 0

 

Pittsburgh Punt Returns

NO YDS AVG TD
A. Brown 2 78 39.0 1
Team 2 78 39.0 1

 

Cincinnati Kicking

FG PCT XP PTS
M. Nugent 0/0 0.0 1/1 1
Team 0/0 0.0 1/1 1

 

Pittsburgh Kicking

FG PCT XP PTS
S. Suisham 2/2 100.0 3/3 9
Team 2/2 100.0 3/3 9

 

Cincinnati Punting

NO YDS AVG
K. Huber 2 86 43.0
M. Nugent 1 37 37.0
Team 3 123 41.0

 

Pittsburgh Punting

NO YDS AVG
M. McBriar 1 30 30.0
Team 1 30 30.0

 

 

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