Randy Bullock tied the game on a 27-yard field goal later in the quarter, but Pittsburgh regained the advantage on a 47-yarder from Chris Boswell with 12:04 left and the Steelers’ defense came up with a turnover to prevent the Bengals from answering. Tyler Boyd fumbled at the end of a 22-yard catch, and Minkah Fitzpatrick recovered at the 6-yard line.
Finley fumbled on a sack on the Bengals’ last drive of the day to seal the game for Pittsburgh just before the two-minute warning. He has five turnovers in three games.
Joe Mixon finished with 79 yards on 18 carries, but Boyd was the big playmaker Sunday before his fumble. Six days after complaining he wasn’t getting enough passes thrown his way, Boyd recorded his first 100-yard receiving performance since Week 8 of the 2018 season.
The Pittsburgh native came up with a catch on a 47-yard pass from Ryan Finley at the first-half two-minute warning, then finished off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown reception the next play to give the Bengals a 7-3 lead going into halftime. The Bengals had just 27 yards of offense on 14 plays before that three-play, 69-yard scoring drive.
Both teams went three-and-out on their first drive of the second half, and Pittsburgh replaced Rudolph with Hodges the next series. Rudolph, who had been starting in place of injured starter Ben Roethlisberger but struggled in a loss to Cleveland last week, completed eight of 16 passes for 85 yards with one interception and a quarterback rating of 39.8.
Cincinnati’s defense held Pittsburgh to three points on two trips to the red zone in the first half, as Boswell’s 26-yard field goal gave the Steelers a 3-0 lead with 3:21 left in the second quarter after Darqueze Dennard broke up a third-down pass in the end zone. The Bengals took the lead on the next possession.
Earlier in the game, Shawn Williams intercepted a Rudolph pass at the Bengals’ 3-yard line after Carlos Dunlap got a hand on it for a tip late in the first quarter.