6:38: Another Gostkowski field goal gives the Patriots a 33-3 lead. Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt has left the game and will not return with a hip injury.
0:13: New England has punted twice in three quarters. Brady leads another field goal drive. 30-3 Pats.
8:05: Dorsett strikes again, this time beating fill-in starter Kam Kelly from 58 yards out. 75-yard drive took just four plays and 2:12.
10:17: After a long drive to start the second half, the Steelers’ offense stalled after a 1st and goal at the New England six.
Roethlisberger was sacked, Conner ran off the right side for three yards and Moncrief and Roethlisberger couldn’t connect on a corner route.
Chris Boswell chip shot makes it 20-3.
Brady 16 of 25, 194 yards, 2 TDs
Roethlisberger: 9 of 14, 65 yards
Conner: 8 carries, 18 yards
White: 3 carries, 24 yards
Smith-Schuster: 2 targets, 2 catches, 26 yards
White: 7 targets, 5 catches, 56 yards
0:17After Donte Moncrief dropped a fourth-down conversion attempt, the Patriots took advantage of the short field to collect another field goal.
3:49: Brady strikes again, this time finding Philip Dorsett down the seam, splitting Mike Hilton and Terrell Edmunds. Extra point is good.
11:52: Steelers defense bends, but doesn’t break, holding the Patriots to a field goal after another long drive. T.J. Watt pressured Brady on the crucial third down.
5:20: The double whammy of a blown assignment and poor tackling dooms the Steelers defense. Tom Brady to Josh Gordon underneath. Goes for a 20-yard touchdown. Extra point is good.
10:48: Offensive starters:
15:00: Defensive starters:
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, 8:20 p.m.
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
SN Coverage: Alan Saunders
TV/Radio: WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh) and NBC (Nationally), Steelers Radio Network (102.5 WDVE-FM)
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DOUBTFUL: Steelers FS Sean Davis (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: Patriots TE Matt Lacosse (ankle), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and DB Obi Melifonwu (ankle).
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From the Locker Room: Ben Roethlisberger, Chase Claypool on Connecting for a Big Score
PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool talk about their connection for an 84-yard touchdown pass via Zoom with the Pittsburgh media, including Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, after the Steelers’ 26-21 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020.
Steelers Pass Rush Finds Mark in Big Way against Broncos
PITTSBURGH — The Steelers entered their game against Denver on Sunday with one singular focus on defense: to get to and rattle young Broncos quarterback Drew Lock.
That goal was accomplished fairly early on. Midway through the first quarter, Lock slipped away from rushing Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, only to be blindsided by fellow pass rush maven Bud Dupree.
Dupree knocked the ball out, Mike Hilton recovered, and Lock never did. The Broncos young quarterback left the game and did not return after the play.
— NFL France (@NFLFrance) September 20, 2020
Knocking the quarterback out of the game in the first quarter might seem ideal, but it actually required the Steelers to rethink their game plan a bit. Broncos backup Jeff Driskel came into the game and the veteran backup was more poised, less prone to panic and at the end of the day more successful than his younger cohort.
“We played against Driskel in his days in Cincinnati,” Tomlin said. “More than anything, it’s tough to anticipate their alternative plans, the adjustments that they make, their package of plays that maybe highlight his skill set. It threw us off rhythm. It’s something to adjust to but I’m sure the loss of Drew Lock also threw them off rhythm. So we’re not going to make excuses for our performance. It was really a good job by them adjusting and adapting to circumstances and working to put themselves in the position to win.”
Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds said that the team went to a bit more of a vanilla game plan when facing Driskel while waiting to see what the Broncos would do after they were forced to change.
“Once they switched quarterbacks, everything switched up because we didn’t know what we were going to get out of the second quarterback,” Edmunds said. “So we had to go back to the basics.”
For the rest of the first half, it didn’t seem to matter. The Steelers sacked Driskel four more times before the end of the half. But in the second half, the Broncos’ veteran seemed to settle in. T.J. Watt recorded his second solo sack of the game on the Broncos’ first third-quarter possession, but from then until the end of the game, he was able to operate relatively unmolested.
Driskel led the Broncos on two second-half touchdown drives and was threatening on what would have been a game-winning third, the Steelers needed to change things up.
So they dialed up a blitzing Edmunds, far from the Steelers’ most common pass rush and it fooled the Broncos. Edmunds came unblocked, sacking Driskel on a crucial fourth down to seal the win for the Steelers.
From the Locker Room: Joe Haden says Steelers Looked to be Physical Despite Penalties
Steelers cornerback Joe Haden speaks with reporters, including Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, about the pass interference penalties against his team and the defense’s fourth-quarter stop in their 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos.
Joe Haden had an up and down day, recording an interception but also losing some one-on-one battles, most notably almost being beat for what would’ve been a sure touchdown until the receiver tripped.