PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: Darrius Heyward-Bey #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs up field after making a catch on a pass from teammate Robert Golden on a fake punt in the fourth quarter during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on October 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Steelers burn Bengals right before halftime … again

After holding the Pittsburgh Steelers to a field goal after they had first and goal at the 6-yard line, the Cincinnati Bengals had a chance to even the score or go ahead with 1 minute and 50 seconds left in the first half.

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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.

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