PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Steelers’ secondary played a more inspired brand of football, led by seven tackles, three passes defended, and two interceptions by defensive back Cortez Allen, but it didn’t keep their playoff hopes alive Sunday against Cincinnati.

“We didn’t make enough necessary plays to take that victory. We’ve got work to do. We’ve got things to look at in terms of how we execute, and how we prepare,” Allen said after the loss to the Bengals. “But we’re still building, and we’ll continue to build, and keep our heads up.”

A.J. Green, Cincinnati’s chief playmaker, ended with ten catches for 116 yards, though he did not score against the Pittsburgh secondary, despite being targeted by Andy Dalton 18 times.

“I take each week the same. It’s a new opponent, and the only person who can beat me is me,” Allen explained. “It’s about what you do technique-wise, and being focused.”

Lewis explained the big catch by Green that set up the critical field goal by Josh Brown:

The Steelers end their 2012 season at Heinz Field against the Browns next Sunday at 1:00 on KDKA-TV.

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