The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Cincinnati Bengals for the final game of the regular season. The game gave the Steelers the AFC North title and the right to host a playoff game. The Steelers were -3.5 favorites and took in a 27-17 victory.
It didn't take much for the Steelers to take in the momentum for the game as Antonio Brown had a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown after the Bengals' first possession. Brice McCain then intercepted a pass from Andy Dalton a few moments later. Dalton did tie the game up with a pass to Giovani Bernard.
Ben Roethlisberger turned the ball over on an aborted fumble, which eventually led to the Bengals taking their only lead of the game on a field goal. The Steelers then came back with a field goal and a touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant.
The biggest concern for the Steelers came in the third quarter as Le'Veon Bell extended his knee following a hit. This injury will put Bell's status for the team's first playoff game in question.
The Bengals made an effort for the upset by intercepting Roethlisberger late in the third and with a touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham. The Bengals got another interception later in the fourth, this time by regular wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. However, A.J. Green fumbled the ball and lost it only a few moments later. This led to a 63-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown a few moments later.
The Steelers end the season with an 11-5 record and will host Baltimore on Saturday. Antonio Brown had 128 receiving yards while the Steelers were held to only 29 rushing yards. The running game was kept silent for the most part following Bell's injury.
The Bengals fell to 10-5-1 and will travel to Indianapolis on Sunday for their first playoff game. Andy Dalton went 27-38 for 244 yards and two touchdowns but also had two interceptions and was sacked three times. Jeremy Hill had 100 rushing yards and A.J. Green had 82 receiving yards.