» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis chalked up Sunday's loss to lack of production on third down and penalties. The Bengals were 2-for-11 on third down tries and committed a season-high 10 penalties. It all contributed to 232 yards of total offense, Cincinnati's second lowest total of the season.
"We've got to make the corrections, swallow hard, and move on," Lewis said. "If we can't handle it, it wouldn't have been put in our way. It sure got the hell in our way today."
» Bengals wide receiver
"I had a big penalty in that drive. I take responsibility for that drive," Green said. "I need to get in and out of the huddle quicker and get set. Tiny little flinch. I was trying to get off the ball quick. I just didn't hold my water."
» With four games left and at 7-5 the Bengals know they are staring at a magic number of 10 wins. Throw in the fact that the Bengals are now in a three-way tie for the last wild card spot, the feeling of urgency felt just as big as the frustration of the big loss.
"We had a chance to put it in our own hands today and we didn't do it," Lewis said.
"We've got to get better," Peko said. "Time is running out. It's going to take 10-plus wins. We have to run the ball I think."
» Although the Steelers had just 295 yards they ran the ball at better than four yards per carry against a Bengals defense that was missing both of its starting cornerbacks in
"We had some guys down." Peko said. "Nate Clements, Big Pat (Sims), Dunlap. I know that injuries is a part of it, but those are key guys for us and the (Steelers) took advantage. It was ugly."
» It was so ugly that Lewis pulled quarterback
» The Bengals special teams that had been so solid all year suffered a blocked field goal for only
"You hate to have it in a big game like that," special-teamer
» Hawkins, the gunner on the punt team, was involved in a controversial play on Antonio Brown's 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. It looked like cornerback Curtis Brown blocked Hawkins in the back just before Brown caught the ball.
"I'm not really sure because I'm focused on tackling the ball," Hawkins said. "It kind of felt like it was more toward the backside than the side."
» On the blocked field goal, left guard
Nugent said he was surprised when he saw a flag nullifying the first field goal.
"I do everything the same and I did on that play," Nugent said. "I didn't think there was a problem. It will be interesting to see the tape."
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