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Bengals vs Steelers: AJ McCarron throws first career touchdown

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Backup quarterback AJ McCarron, entering the game for the injured Andy Dalton, completes his first career touchdown pass -- a 66-yarder to A.J. Green against the Steelers.

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With Andy Dalton out with an injured right thumb, backup quarterback AJ McCarron entered the game during Cincinnati's second possession. Following a five-play (with 37 yards worth of penalties from the Steelers) possession that ended in a missed field goal, the Bengals, down 13-0 with more than seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, took the field with McCarron under center.

Following a 14-yard run by Giovani Bernard, the Bengals had first down from their own 34-yard line with 6:33 remaining in the second quarter. McCarron immediately identified A.J. Green down the right sidelines and launched a perfect pass, hitting his target in perfect stride.

Mike Nugent converted the PAT and reduced Pittsburgh's lead 13-7.