Instead, they gained zero yards on three plays while taking just 22 seconds off the clock.
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Pittsburgh took over at its own 23 with 1:28 left in the half and drove 71 yards for another Chris Boswell field goal at the gun to take a 20-14 lead, continuing a decade-long trend.
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Since 2007, the Steelers have scored points in the final two minutes of the first half 18 times in 22 games.
Sunday's 29-14 loss
marked the first time in that stretch Pittsburgh scored twice in the final two minutes of the half.
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Over that same span of 22 games, the Bengals have found a way to get points in the final two minutes of the first half just four times.