The Steelers went to the locker room at halftime trailing, 17-0.
The Bengals struck first on a 34-yard field goal by Seibert with 5:12 left in the first quarter.
Cincinnati gained possession at the Steelers’ 20 after Roethlisberger fumbled a snap and was then run into by pulling guard David DeCastro, and linebacker Josh Bynes recovered. The Bengals managed one first down but settled for a field goal after a sack of Finley by outside linebacker T.J. Watt on third-and-goal from the Steelers’ 5.
Another turnover led to seven more points for the Bengals.
A fumble by wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, initially ruled an incompletion but challenged and reversed by replay review into a catch, fumble and recovery by linebacker Jordan Evans, set Cincinnati up at the Steelers’ 38 with 49 seconds left in the first. A seven-play, 38-yard drive in 3:44 followed and was capped off by running back Giovani Bernard’s 4-yard burst into the end zone. Seibert’s extra point upped Cincinnati’s advantage to 10-0 with 12:05 left in the second quarter.
Another Roethlisberger turnover, this one an interception by cornerback Mackensie Alexander on a pass intended for Smith-Schuster, a 21-yard return and a 15-yard personal foul penalty against offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor, gave the Bengals the ball at the Steelers’ 26. Three plays later Finley found Bernard for a 14-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Seibert’s PAT made in 17-0 Cincinnati with 4:20 left in the first half.
The Steelers lost fullback Derek Watt (concussion) and tight end Eric Ebron (back) in the first half.