Near the end of the third quarter, the Steelers have re-taken the lead against the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-17.
Ben Roethlisberger took the Steelers downfield with passes to a series of receivers (Jerricho Cotchery, then Mike Wallace, then Antonio Brown). Then Isaac Redman ripped off an 11-yard run, and Roethlisberger sent another short pass to Wallace. Then Rashard Mendenhall ran for nine yards for the score. He nearly got stopped at the line of scrimmage, but managed to push ahead and sneak into the end zone.
The Steelers’ running backs had been quiet before this drive – actually, Wallace had been the team’s leading rusher before it – but Pittsburgh now has 100 yards rushing on the game, 42 of them from Mendenhall (who also now has two touchdowns).
Dale Lolley points out that this is the first time all season that the Bengals have allowed more than 20 points. Also, this is the second time in 2011 that the Bengals have given up 100 yards on the ground.
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