CINCINNATI — An elusive rookie made all the difference by darting through the Steelers’ defense.
Running back Giovani Bernard scored his first two NFL touchdowns, one of them on a short pass that he turned into a 27-yard score, as the host Cincinnati Bengals beat Pittsburgh, 20-10, on Monday night.
The second-round draft pick out of North Carolina had a 7-yard touchdown run in the first half before turning a short pass from Andy Dalton into a third-quarter score.
Fellow rookie Tyler Eifert also had a big play, getting open between cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Ryan Clark for a 61-yard catch that set up Bernard’s touchdown run.
The Bengals piled up 407 yards, holding the ball for more than 35 minutes. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.