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  • Associated Press Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier lies on the field after a making a tackle. He was strapped to a backboard and taken off the field.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 1:00 am

Pittsburgh 23 Cincinnati 20

Steelers beat Bengals on last-second kick

JOE KAY | Associated Press

CINCINNATI – Chris Boswell kicked a field goal on the final play shortly after Antonio Brown caught a 6-yard touchdown pass – taking a hit to the head while landing in the end zone – and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off another improbable comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals, rallying for a 23-20 victory Monday night.

Down 17-0 early, the Steelers (10-2) extended their best start since 2004 in a physical game with a couple frightening injuries. Brown's touchdown tied it at 20 with 3:51 to go, setting up Boswell's 38-yard field goal, his second straight winner in the closing seconds.

The Bengals (5-7) simply can't find a way to beat their Ohio River rival, not even after getting off to the big early lead. They've dropped six straight against Pittsburgh, including the Steelers' 18-16 playoff win at Paul Brown Stadium that included another Bengals meltdown.

Pittsburgh lost leading tackler Ryan Shazier to a back injury in the first quarter. The linebacker was taken off the field on a cart and taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was carted off in the fourth quarter after JuJu Smith-Schuster leveled him with a high hit, then taunted him by walking over him.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did not have an update on Shazier's status after the game.

There were 11 personal fouls in another acrimonious rematch in their hard-edged series. The Bengals self-destructed with 13 penalties for 173 yards.

The AFC North-leading Steelers remain tied with New England for best record in the conference. They are host to the Patriots on Dec. 17.

Shazier tackled receiver Josh Malone in the legs, fell to the ground and grabbed the middle of his back. The 25-year-old was strapped to a backboard and taken off. He was moving his arms on the field.

It's a significant setback for one of the NFL's top defenses. The Pro Bowler from Ohio State leads the team in tackles and has three interceptions.