Steelers vs. Bengals – Game Summary – September 11, 2022

CINCINNATI — — Chris Boswell kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired in overtime and the Pittsburgh Steelers overcame TJ Watt’s injury late in the fourth quarter to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 on Sunday. in a slow start to the season for both teams on Sunday.

Watt had one of four interceptions against Joe Burrow, who recovered from a poor start and rallied Cincinnati from a 17-6 halftime deficit. His 6-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase tied the score at 20 with 2 seconds remaining in regulation, but the game went into overtime after Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked Evan McPherson’s point after attempt.

McPherson and Boswell missed potential game-winning field goals in overtime before Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed passes of 9, 26 and 10 yards in the final 56 seconds.

Watt, the Defensive Player of the Year, walked off the field and headed to the locker room shortly before the game ended in overtime with a pectoral injury. Before that, he was his usual disruptive self, with a sack and a pickaxe.

Burrow’s four interceptions were the worst of his career, and he was sacked seven times against what was supposed to be an improved offensive line.

Burrow sat out preseason games while recovering from an appendectomy, receiving a rude welcome onto the field. Alex Highsmith made the first of three sacks from him on Cincinnati’s first offensive play, and Fitzpatrick missed Tyler Boyd’s route on the next play and returned it 31 yards for a pick-6.

McPherson made a 59-yard field goal in the first quarter, but Watt made a leaping interception down the line on the next drive. That set up Trubisky’s 2-yard TD pass to Najee Harris for a 17-3 lead.

Trubisky, the first starting quarterback for the Steelers after the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger, completed 21 of 38 passes for 194 yards and the short touchdown pass to Harris as first-round pick Kenny Pickett watched from the bench.

The Bengals wasted a solid performance by their defense, which limited big plays and did a good job of containing running back Harris, who had 10 carries for 23 yards before leaving late with a foot injury.

Chase had 10 catches for 129 yards for the Bengals.

Burrow completed 33 of 53 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns.

INJURIES

Steelers: CB Levi Wallace left in the second half with an ankle injury and didn’t return. … OL Mason Cole suffered an ankle injury in the second half and did not return.

Bengals: WR Tee Higgins left with a concussion from a heavy hit by several Steelers. … LS Clark Harris left with a biceps injury.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Steelers: In New England next Sunday.

Bengals: In Dallas next Sunday.

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