PHILADELPHIA — Dwayne Haskins led the Steelers offense to a second-half comeback as the team rallied from down two touchdowns to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-16 at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday night.
Haskins entered the game with the Steelers facing a 13-0 deficit, largely directing the second-team offense.
He led a four-minute drive late in the second quarter that saw him complete passes to Pat Freiermuth, Anthony McFarland, Rico Bussey and Cody White. McFarland used a second effort to score from 1-yard out.
After a 50-yard Philadelphia field goal late in the first half, Haskins took the opening drive of the third quarter 75 yards, connecting with a wide-open Anthony Johnson for a 22-yard score to bring the Steelers to within two.
The following drive, Haskins leaned on his running game, as the second-team Steelers offensive line, featuring Dan Moore Jr. and Kevin Dotson on the left side, mauled the third-team Philadelphia front seven.
Jaylen Samuels rushed for the final 14 yards over four straight carries, plowing in from one yard out to give Pittsburgh the lead for the first time in the game with 5:45 to play in the third quarter. The Steelers added on later with a short Sam Sloman field goal.
Philadelphia dominated the game with the starters involved, with Mason Rudolph unable to move the first-team offense and dealing with a ton of unblocked pressure from a strong Eagles defensive line.
Rudolph finished 8 of 9 for 77 yards. Haskins completed 16 of 22 for 161 yards and a score. Samuels was the team’s leading rusher, gaining 45 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, the Steelers starters were stout against the run, though Philadelphia back Miles Sanders didn’t have a carry. They also pressured Jalen Hurts, who finished just 3 of 7 for 54 yards.
It was backup Joe Flacco that led Philadelphia to its early lead, carving up the Pittsburgh secondary to the tune of 178 yards on 10 of 17 passing. Quez Watkins beat Tre Norwood to the sideline for a 79-yard catch-and-run for the lone Eagles touchdown. Jake Elliott also connected on two early 47-yard field goals.
The Steelers improved to 2-0 on the preseason, which will continue next Saturday at Heinz Field against the Detroit Lions.