It was over when ...
Roethlisberger was sacked four times, including twice by DE Jonathan Fanene. The Steelers' quarterback has now been brought down 27 times in nine games this season.
The Bengals swept the season series with the Steelers for the first time since 1998. ... Cincinnati is 5-0 vs. division opponents and 4-0 on the road this season. ... Pittsburgh's loss snaps a five-game winning streak; it was also the team's first loss at home this season. ... Steelers safety Troy Polamalu left the game in the first quarter with a left knee injury and did not return. ... Benson did not play in the second half due to a right hip injury. ... Bengals DE Frostee Rucker recorded an interception, giving Cincinnati nine interceptions in its last five games. ... The Steelers have allowed three kickoff returns for touchdowns in their last four games.