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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 23:  Josh Brown #3 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts after a late fourth quarter field goal to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10 at Heinz Field on December 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIDecember 21, 2012

We have just witnessed a huge defensive struggle from these two AFC North rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals came out on top after a late Reggie Nelson interception of Ben Roethlisberger after which the Bengals marched into field goal position to ice the game with four seconds left on the clock.

Both teams played valiantly and the defenses proved worthy of their high rankings as only one offensive touchdown was scored today.

The win for Cincinnati clinches a playoff berth in consecutive years for the first time since the 1981-82 seasons.

The loss for Pittsburgh takes them out of playoff contention and leaves them thinking about what may have been.

Credit is due to both of these teams as they played solid, fundamental football throughout this contest.

The AFC North now shifts to the Baltimore Ravens today as they take on the New York Giants. A loss by the Ravens causes another huge game next week when they would battle the Bengals for the division championship.

Every year the AFC North provides the best hard-nosed football in the NFL and this was no exception. These teams proved once again why this is such a highly contested division each and every season.

Final

Bengals - 13

Steelers - 10

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