PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on top of the AFC North.

Antonio Brown returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown and added a clinching, 63-yard scoring grab with 2 minutes, 50 seconds to go in the Steelers' 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.

Pittsburgh (11-5) earned its first division title since 2010 by sweeping the season series from the Bengals (10-5-1). The Steelers are the No. 3 seed in the AFC and will host Baltimore in the wild-card round Saturday night. The Bengals are the No. 5 seed and will play at AFC South champion Indianapolis on Sunday.

Brown had 212 all-purpose yards, including the late dazzling catch and run to the end zone.

The victory came at a potentially high cost. Running back Le'Veon Bell left in the third quarter with a hyperextended right knee following a collision with Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson.

Steelers 27, Bengals 17

Cincinnati 7 3 0 7 – 17

Pittsburgh 7 13 0 7 – 27

First quarter

Pit–A.Brown 71 punt return (Suisham kick), 10:50.

Cin–Bernard 17 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), 2:43.

Second quarter

Cin–FG Nugent 39, 12:32.

Pit–FG Suisham 29, 7:36.

Pit–Bryant 21 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick), 5:52.

Pit–FG Suisham 25, :40.

Fourth quarter

Cin–Gresham 5 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), 11:14.

Pit–A.Brown 63 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick), 2:50.

A: 64,697.

Cin   Pit

First downs 19   18

Total Net Yards 337   346

Rushes-yards 29-116   18-29

Passing 221   317

Punt Returns 1-6   2-84

Kickoff Returns 5-114   2-52

Interceptions Ret. 2-2   2-34

Comp-Att-Int 27-38-2   24-39-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-23   0-0

Punts 3-49.3   3-39.7

Fumbles-Lost 1-1   2-1

Penalties-Yards 5-45   1-10

Time of Possession 34:58   25:02

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Cincinnati, Hill 23-100, Bernard 3-8, Dalton 3-8. Pittsburgh, Bell 8-20, Harris 5-7, Roethlisberger 4-3, Archer 1-(minus 1).

Passing: Cincinnati, Dalton 27-38-2-244. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 24-38-1-317, Wing 0-1-1-0.

Receiving: Cincinnati, Green 8-82, Bernard 7-56, Hewitt 3-31, Gresham 3-20, Tate 2-22, Hill 2-10, Sanu 1-16, Sanzenbacher 1-7. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 7-128, Bell 6-80, Miller 3-41, Wheaton 3-17, Archer 2-19, Bryant 1-21, Johnson 1-11, Pouncey 1-0.

Missed Field Goals: Cincinnati, Nugent 50 (WR).