This week in Bengals history: Dec. 4

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 4: Rudi Johnson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 4, 2005 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 4: Rudi Johnson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 4, 2005 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals have played seven times on Dec. 4, and are 5-2:

Here is a quick glance at those games:

Dec. 4, 2011 – Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Cincinnati Bengals 7 at Heinz Field

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of touchdown passes to Mike Wallace and running back Rashard Mendenall ran for two scores as the Steelers scored 28 points in the second quarter en route to the rout.

Dec. 4, 2005 – Cincinnati Bengals 38, Pittsburgh Steelers 31 at Heinz Field

Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes and Rudi Johnson for a pair of second-half scores as the Bengals moved to 9-3 and seized control of the AFC North, and the 38 points remain the most Cincinnati has ever scored in Pittsburgh.

Dec. 4, 1997 – Cincinnati Bengals 41, Tennessee Oilers at Cinergy Field

In a nationally televised Thursday night game, Corey Dillon rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns, breaking Jim Brown’s NFL record for rushing yards by a rookie (237) while tying the Bengals record for touchdowns in a game.

Dec. 4, 1994 – Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Cincinnati Bengals 15 at Riverfront Stadium

Pittsburgh quarterback Neil O’Donnell threw two touchdown passes, the last of which went to current Cincinnati tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes, and running back Bam Morris ran for a pair of scores as the Steelers improved to 10-3 while dropping the Bengals to 2-11.

Dec. 4, 1988 – Cincinnati Bengals 27, San Diego Chargers 10 at Riverfront Stadium

Ickey Woods ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns while Boomer Esiason threw scoring strikes to Cris Collinsworth and James Brooks as the Bengals improved to 11-3 on their way to winning the AFC championship.

Dec. 4, 1983 – Cincinnati Bengals 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 10 at Three Rivers Stadium

Pete Johnson ran for a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, and the Bengals defense forced five turnovers while holding the Steelers to 154 total yards for the upset of the eventual AFC Central Division champs.

Dec. 4, 1977 – Cincinnati Bengals 27, Kansas City Chiefs 7 at Arrowhead Stadium

Ken Anderson threw touchdown passes to Billy Brooks and Pat McInally, while the Bengals defense intercepted Chiefs quarterback Mike Livingston twice.

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