A leaping touchdown catch in traffic by tight end Jesse James gave the Steelers the first points of the second half and a 17-6 lead over the Bengals.
The Steelers had struggled for most of the second half trying to sustain offense, and Ben Roethlisberger had been picked off twice.
Roethlisberger’s touchdown pass to James was from nine yards out and capped an impressive seven-play, 91-yard scoring drive.
The Steelers have been excellent defensively and the Bengals haven’t been able to keep drives going. The Bengals have converted just two of their first 12 third-down situations.