The Pittsburgh Steelers spared themselves all sorts of infamy with their 24-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night in Cincinnati.
They won their first road game of the 2012 season. They avoided their first losing streak since their catastrophic five-game skid in 2009. They saved Mike Tomlin from falling two games under .500 for the first time in his six-year head coaching career.
The Steelers started off on the right foot with the AFC North portion of their schedule, and suddenly the Baltimore Ravens are in sight after their 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans Sunday afternoon.
The Steelers (3-3) move into second place in the division with their win over the Bengals (3-4) and trail the first-place Ravens (5-2) by one-and-a-half games.
Pittsburgh has lots of time to catch Baltimore. On Sunday, the Steelers just needed to take a step in the right direction after a disappointing start.
The Steelers did that, and here’s a look at the players who helped them do it—and the players who didn’t.