“We’re just taking one game at a time,” outside linebacker TJ Watt said. “We will win either way.
“The train keeps rolling.”
Roethlisberger’s fourth touchdown pass and Kleppul’s second touchdown reception, a 5-yard connection, ended with a five-play drive that began at the Cincinnati 15-yard line with a 42-yard punt rebounded by wideout Ray Ray RayCloud . Additional points from kicker Chris Boswell gave the Steelers a 36-7 lead with 10:31 left in the fourth quarter.
Rothlysberger made 27-for-46 passes for a season-high 333 yards and four touchdowns and did not intercept.
His preparations for the game in the week were virtual until he was activated from the Steelers Reserve / COVID-19 list and Rothlisberger participated in what he described as an “up-tempo walk-through” on Saturday.
He said, “I give it to the people around me.” “It was way more than me. It was a total team victory.
Added wide receiver Juju Smith-Shuster: “I wonder what Ben does, Ben.”
Mason Rudolph took the quarterback for possession, starting at 5:02, which was left in regulation, after a Bengals 37-yard field goal by Randy Bullock accounted for the final margin.
The Steelers took a 22-point lead in 4:12 on a 12-play, 67-yard drive in the third quarter, ending on an 11-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Claypool. Rothlisberger converted three third downs, including two third-and-10s, in March (11 yards for Claypool, 14 yards for Eric Aberon and 12 yards for Smith Yards). Boswell’s extra point gave the Steelers a 29-7 advantage.