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Steelers vs. Bengals final score: Pittsburgh holds off Cincinnati, 24-17

The Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed their first road win of the season, using a stout defensive effort to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 24-17 on Sunday night at Paul Brown Stadium. Chris Rainey's 11-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference.

After giving up an 80-yard touchdown drive to open the game, Pittsburgh's defense put the clamps on the Cincinnati offense. The Bengals managed only 105 yards after that opening drive.

Despite the fact that Pittsburgh controlled possession for a majority of the first half, it was Cincinnati who jumped out to a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter Two Ben Roethlisberger turnovers were key to the Steelers' slow start, with a fumble leading directly to an eight-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green.

Pittsburgh was able to close the gap by halftime, capitalizing on a Dalton interception late in the first half on a nine-yard touchdown reception by Heath Miller with 29 seconds left. Miller also hauled in the two-point attempt, tying the score at 14-14 going into half.

Cincinnati grabbed a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter, but the Pittsburgh gave up nothing the rest of the game.

Fantasy Studs and Duds: Nobody really stood out with huge numbers, although Roethlisberger did throw for 278 yards and one score to go along with two turnovers. Steelers running Jonathan Dwyer had 17 carries for 122 yards. Dalton was a huge dud, throwing for only 105 yards with one score and one pick. Green only caught the one pass for eight yards, though it was a touchdown.

Did They Cover?: The Steelers were a one-point favorite, so they covered.

Injury Update: Steelers safety Will Allen suffered an ankle injury, but it did not appear to be too serious.

Next Week's Schedule: The Steelers will host Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. The Bengals will welcome Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to Paul Brown Stadium.

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