PITTSBURGH - Notes and quotes on a quick hit from the Bengals 23-7 loss to the Steelers Sunday at Heinz Field:
» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on the knee injury suffered by safety
» For the third time in four games the Bengals were blanked in the second half.
» Sunday was left tackle
"First time I've scored a touchdown since high school," Whitworth said. "I played tight end. I'll take it as a birthday present."
» Bengals quarterback
"Completely my fault. I feel terrible. The defense played great against a good offense. I take this loss on my shoulders. We can't come in here and turn the ball over."
Palmer said he has to take a look at the first interception return by safety Troy Polamalu. "I'm not sure what happened with our guys on that one," he said.
But he knew what happened on the other two. He said he never saw linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who returned Palmer's second pick 14 yards for the score. "It was a hard play-action fake," Palmer said. "I never saw him at all. I lost my vision behind the offensive line. Obviously that's one I wish I had back."
And on the third interception he said it was "a dumb play by me. I was just trying to get seven points on the board as quickly as possible. I should have thrown it out of the end zone."
Palmer became the first quarterback with five pick-sixes in a season since A.J. Feeley in 2004.
» The 190 yards of total offense by the Bengals were the second fewest of the season next to the 163 against the Jets on November 25.
» Last month Bengals wide receiver
"They did a great job game-planning," Owens said. "They saw me line up in certain formations and go across the field and Polamalu was doing a great job coming downhill on the routes. They did a great job of game-planning and we had no answer for it."
On Polamalu's 45-yard return, Palmer tried to hit Owens on a post but Polamalu cut in front of him.
"He played a little shallow. I think he knew I was coming in, right when I planted, there was not a lot I could do about it," Owens said.
Owens had his catch for 22 yards on the Bengals' first drive.
"I just feel like I was out there running," he said. "Early in the game I got some looks. After that it was no adjustments."
Asked if he was surprised, Benson said, "Yeah. I figure every game, that's how you win, especially late in the year."
» Sunday was the first time this season the Bengals defense did not allow a touchdown. It was also the second straight year the Steelers did not score an offensive touchdown against the Bengals in Pittsburgh.
"At some point in the season you say 'enough is enough," defensive tackle
» Tight end
» Rookie left end
» The Steelers weren't happy with Bengals linebacker
"That's why they're losers," said Steelers linebacker James Farrior, a quote that will no doubt get recycled next season.