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Fifth Quarter: Bengals 13, Steelers 10

Fifth Quarter: Bengals 13, Steelers 10

Joe Reedy offers his post-game analysis of the Bengals' win in Pittsburgh.
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  • Peter King: Megatron the headliner, but history was made all ov…

    Peter King: Megatron the headliner, but history was made all over Week 16

    CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    The Bengals have done something this year that hadn't been done since Boomer Esiason was a junior at Maryland.
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  • Harbaugh: No Ray Lewis until playoffs

    Harbaugh: No Ray Lewis until playoffs

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    There will be no Ray Lewis Watch this week. The Pro Bowl linebacker has already been ruled out of Sunday's regular-season finale at the Cincinnati Bengals, coach John Harbaugh said after the 33-14 victory over the New York Giants. This confirms a report…
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  • Reedy's Four Downs Revisited

    Reedy's Four Downs Revisited

    cincinnati.com Dec 23, 2012
    Joe Reedy revisits his pre-game keys to a Bengals' win against the Steelers at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.
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  • Notes: Brown kicks off chip; Newman assists Nelson's pick retur…

    Notes: Brown kicks off chip; Newman assists Nelson's pick return; Bengals waiting on No. 3 seed

    bengals.com Dec 23, 2012
    Reggie Nelson PITTSBURGH - Forget Marvin Lewis, Andy Dalton and all of Bengaldom. It turns out that Josh Brown, who put the Bengals into the playoffs on the wings of a 43-yard field goal Sunday wit...
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  • Bengals waiting on No. 3 seed

    Bengals waiting on No. 3 seed

    bengals.com Dec 23, 2012
    With the 9-6 Bengals safely tucked into the AFC's sixth seed and hosting the 10-5 AFC North champion Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium in Sunday's 1 p.m. game that means nothing but draft position, Cinc...
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  • Justin Smith’s consecutive starts streak ends at 185

    Justin Smith’s consecutive starts streak ends at 185

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    Since becoming a starter during his rookie year in 2001, 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith has never given up his spot in the starting lineup. For 185 consecutive games, Smith has been in the starting lineup for the Bengals or Niners. That run ends o…
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  • Bengals-Steelers Postgame Quotes

    Bengals-Steelers Postgame Quotes

    VS. POSTGAME QUOTESDECEMBER 23, 2012 BENGALS COACH MARVIN LEWIS Opening statement:I told them thanks for bailing me out, plain, flat, and simple. I make decisions to try to win the game ...
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  • Bengals defense spearheads defining win

    Bengals defense spearheads defining win

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    PITTSBURGH -- The Cincinnati Bengals delivered a defining moment in franchise history Sunday when they clinched their second consecutive playoff berth on the soil of their fiercest division rival. "It's a big win for the city of Cincinnati," c…
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  • Quick hits: 'They bailed me out'

    Quick hits: 'They bailed me out'

    bengals.com Dec 23, 2012
    » Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis came into the postgame press room with a pretty big smile on his face. "I thanked my team for bailing me out," he said, referring to some of his second-half decis...
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  • Ex-MLB player Ryan Freel found dead in Fla. home

    Ex-MLB player Ryan Freel found dead in Fla. home

    CNNSI.com MLB.com yahoo.com Dec 23, 2012
    Ryan Freel, a former Major League Baseball player known for his fearless play but whose career was cut short after eight seasons by a series of head and other injuries, was found dead Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff…
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  • "Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your S…

    "Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Dec 23, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from London Fletcher losing his lunch to sad Tom Brady. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »
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  • History Lesson: The Bengals are playoff-bound and the Steelers …

    History Lesson: The Bengals are playoff-bound and the Steelers ar…

    CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    The Bengals are playoff-bound and the Steelers aren't. Cincinnati's 13-10 win was a tour de force performance by maybe the NFL's most off-the-radar defense, says Don Banks.
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  • Cook starts; Adam Jones active

    Cook starts; Adam Jones active

    bengals.com Dec 23, 2012
    PITTSBURGH - For the third straight game Josh Brown undertook the kicking duties for the Bengals  in their bid to secure a playoff spot Sunday against the Steelers. The Bengals also opted to give c...
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  • Bengals go back-to-back

    Bengals go back-to-back

    bengals.com Dec 23, 2012
    PITTSBURGH - With a playoff berth on the line Sunday at Heinz Field, the Bengals got the brilliant defensive effort they needed with two hellacious red-zone stands in the third quarter that kept t...
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  • Swisher headed to Tribe with $56M, 4-year deal

    Swisher headed to Tribe with $56M, 4-year deal

    CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians' pitch to bring Nick Swisher "home" worked.
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  • AFC North playoff scenarios

    AFC North playoff scenarios

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    Three of the four teams in the AFC North are still in the playoff hunt. Here's a look at the postseason scenarios: BALTIMORE RAVENS Can clinch the AFC North with a win over the Giants, or a tie with the Giants along with a Bengals loss at Pittsburgh CIN…
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  • Big Ben's Big Error: The Bengals not only secured their playoff…

    Big Ben's Big Error: The Bengals not only secured their playoff berth,…

    CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    The Bengals not only secured their playoff berth, but they eliminated the rival Steelers along the way. Ben Roethlisberger's late INT led to the game-winning FG in Cincy's 13-10 win.
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  • Bengals 7, Steelers 0

    Bengals 7, Steelers 0

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    The Steelers can stay in the playoff hunt with a win today, but it'll have to come against the rival Bengals, who can clinch their own postseason berth with a victory. Follow the action here.
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  • Mendenhall will be active for Steelers

    Mendenhall will be active for Steelers

    After what was certainly “a lot of thought,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is letting Rashard Mendenhall out of the doghouse. The pending free agent running back, who was suspended after bailing on his team the week before, will be active for today’s g
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  • Video - Sunday Breakdown: Week 16 02:16

    Sunday Breakdown: Week 16

    Dec 23
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down key plays from week 16 including Andrew Luck to Reggie Wayne and Andy Dalton to A.J. Green
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Bengals-Steelers Recap 02:08

    Sunday Blitz: Bengals-Steelers Recap

    Dec 23
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Bengals' 13-10 win over the Steelers.
  • Video - Bengals postgame press conference 04:34

    Bengals postgame press conference

    Dec 23
    Bengals react following game with Steelers
  • Video - Bengals Upend Steelers 00:32

    Bengals Upend Steelers

    Dec 23
    The Bengals secured a second straight postseason berth with a 13-10 win over the Steelers.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Megatron the headliner, but history was made all over Week 16

    Dec 23
    The Bengals have done something this year that hadn't been done since Boomer Esiason was a junior at Maryland.
  • Don Banks: Critical win proves Vikes are more than a one-man show; more Sn…

    Dec 23
    PITTSBURGH -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 16 that saw the NFL's playoff field taking shape in almost-finalized fashion...
  • Don Banks: After 45 seasons, Bengals finally find some history in repeatin…

    Dec 23
    PITTSBURGH -- Heinz Field felt like history central Sunday in the NFL. But maybe not the way many would have expected.
  • NFL Week 16 review: John Clayton's Last Call

    Dec 23
    There's still plenty of intrigue regarding the NFC playoff race, writes John Clayton.