Riding a 230 yards total offensive output, the Cincinnati Bengals took care of the Pittsburgh Steelers in a gritty victory of 27-17, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Contributing to this victory, Ryan Finley threw the football for 89 yards, and one touchdown. The Bengals also had a rushing game that produced 152 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Finley ended the game with 89 yards passing, to go along with one touchdown, zero interceptions, and completing 7 of 13 passes. This performance led to a 101.10 passer rating for Finley.
The Bengals deployed a rushing game led by Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine. For the game, Bernard carried the ball 25 times and rushed for 83 yards, leading to one touchdown. Perine supplemented by carrying the ball four times for a total of 14 yards. In the passing game, the Bengals’ top receivers were A.J. Green and Tee Higgins. Green caught two passes for a total of 40 yards, while Higgins contributed with 31 yards from three passes.
The Bengals were helped by a defensive effort that resulted in one sack, and four tackles for loss, to go along with two forced fumbles, with zero defensive touchdowns.
Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers in a losing effort with 170 yards, completing 20 of 38 passes, one interception, and one touchdown, for a QB rating of 62.40.
The rushing game for the Steelers was led by Anthony McFarland and Benny Snell Jr.. For the game, McFarland rushed for five yards from carrying the football one time. Meanwhile Snell Jr. carried the ball 18 times for a total of 84 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Steelers included Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson. Claypool caught three passes for a total of 54 yards, while Johnson contributed with 59 yards from eight passes.
For the game, the Steelers defensive effort yielded no forced fumbles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. This was not enough to help their team to a victory.
After this game, the Bengals improved to a record of 3-10, while the Steelers dropped to a 11-3 record.