The Cincinnati Bengals (3-10-1) snapped a streak of 11 straight losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) when Ryan Finley threw two first-half touchdowns on Monday night to defeat the struggling Steelers 27-17.
The Bengals led 17-0 at halftime and fended off a comeback by the Steelers, who have now lost three games in a row after starting the season with 11 consecutive victories.
Veteran running back Giovani Bernard, who was playing for the injured Joe Mixon, had 25 carries for 83 yards. He ran for a touchdown and caught a pass from Finley for another score.
Finley, a second-year pro out on North Carolina, who made his first start in place of injured No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow, completed seven passes for 89 yards and his 23-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter all but sealed the win for the Bengals.
TFW you beat your rival in primetime when everyone doubted you.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 22, 2020
— NFL (@NFL) December 22, 2020