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FINAL: Steelers 30, Tampa 28




Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and defensive end Cam Heyward are both not in uniform for tonight’s game.

7:30 pm – 1st Quarter

The Steelers kick to Tampa. The Buccaneers will start their opening drive on their own 19.

Jamies Winston starts at quarterback for Tampa.

Barber runs for a short gain to get the first down. This comes after an 8-yard completion by Winston.

Winston complete for 11 yards and another Tampa first down. The Bucs now sit at the Steelers 37.

Winston keeps it and runs for 10 yards and a Tampa first down.

Barber runs for 7 yards, putting Tampa on the Pittsburgh 15.

Tampa Bay touchdown, 0-7. Winston completes a 9 yard pass to Godwin for the score. The Tampa scoring drive goes 12 plays for 6:29.

The Buccaneers kick to Pittsburgh. Dobbs and the Steelers start their first drive at their own 7.

Dobbs with a big completion to Washington for 43 yards. Steelers first down at their own 49.

Dobbs sacked and then incomplete deep. The Steelers forced to punt from their own 43.

Gabbert now in at quarterback for Tampa, who starts their second drive at their own 10.

Devin Bush breaks up a pass from Gabbert. A roughing the passer call gives Tampa a first down at their own 30.

Gabbert complete to Watson, moving the Bucs to the 50-yard-line.

Gabbert complete to Mitchell for another Tampa first down.

Bush misses a tackle after another Gabbert completion. Tampa now moves to the Steelers 25-yard-line.

2nd Quarter

Watson drops a pass from Gabbert in the end zone.

Tampa turns it over on downs after Bush tackles Ellington on a rush attempt.

Steeler ball on their own 15. Snell loses a yard on his first carry.

A sack moves the Steelers back to their own 5.

Dobbs intercepted by Hargreaves. Interception cancelled out following offsetting penalties.

Dobbs with another deep pass completion to Washington. Pittsburgh now at their own 32.

Snell with a 5 yard gain, moving the ball to the Pittsburgh 37.

Dobbs with two big runs, including one for 36 yards. The Steelers moves to the Tampa 18.

Boswell successful for a 33-yard field goal. Tampa leads 7-3. Steelers scoring drive, 14 plays for 7:11.

Tampa starts the drive at their own 7.

Gabbert sacked for a loss of 2. Tampa forced to punt after a 6 yard run.

Tampa’s punt goes 42 yards.

Pittsburgh loses a yard on the return, starting the drive at their own 36.

Mason Rudolph now in at quarterback for Pittsburgh.

Rudolph with a 10-yard completion for a first down.

Rudolph complete to Washington, moving the ball to the Tampa 39.

Samuels with a 22-yard run.

Steelers touchdown, 10-7. Rudolph 8 yards to Washington. The scoring drive went 7 plays for 64 yards, taking 3:37 off the clock.

Tampa starts the drive of the first half at their own 25.

Ryan Griffin in at QB for Tampa.

Griffin fumbles the ball during the sack. Buggs recovers the fumble for Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh starts the drive at the Tampa 29.

Snell loses 2 yards on the rush attempt.

Rudolph incomplete to Jones near the end zone.

Boswell successful for a 47-yard field goal, Steelers lead 13-7. Pittsburgh’s scoring drive goes 4 plays for -2 yards and 27 seconds following the turnover.

Griffin complete to Wilson. Play confirmed upon review. Tampa now at the Pittsburgh 46.

Griffin complete to Mitchell for an 8-yard gain into Pittsburgh territory.

Matt Gay successful for a 55-yard field goal, game tied at 13.


First half time of possession

Steelers: 13:58

Tampa: 16:02

Pittsburgh will start the first drive of the second half from their own 30.

Rudolph still in at QB for the Steelers.

Pittsburgh punts after a couple Rudolph incompletions.

Tampa starts their fist drive of the second half at their own 20.

Injury timeout as a Tampa player gets carted off.

Tampa forced to punt.

Pittsburgh starts the drive at their own 37.

Rudolph with a 59 yard pass completion to Holton.

Steelers touchdown, 20-13. Rudolph to Zach Gentry. Pittsburgh scoring drive of 3 plays for 65 yards at 1:31.

Tampa starts the drive after the Steelers touchdown at their own 20.

The Buccaneers fail to move the ball and are forced to punt.

Devlin Hodges in at QB for the Steelers.

Hodges with two incompletions and then a delay of game penalty.

The Steelers are forced to punt.

Tampa starts at their own 24 after a 45-yard punt.

Griffin completes a long 17-yard pass to Anthony Johnson.

Griffin completes a 6-yard pass to Tanner Hudson. Tampa is now at midfield.

Griffin completes a 5-yard pass to Watson.

Griffin complete to Anthony Auclair for 26 yards. Tampa is now on the Pittsburgh 21.

Intentional grounding penalty on Griffin, moving the Bucs back to the Pittsburgh 31.

Griffin complete to Watson, picking up 21 yards and a first and goal.

Tampa scores a touchdown after a 10 yard run by Ogunbowale. The Bucs fail on the two point conversion attempt, Steelers lead 20-16. The Tampa scoring drive went 8 plays for 76 yards on 4:05.

Pittsburgh now at the Tampa 49.

Hodges with a couple completions to Gentry for a gain of 6 and 8 yards.

Hodges complete to Holton with a gain of 10. The Steelers are now at the Tampa 20.

Snell fails to gain anything on the rush attempt.

3rd Quarter 

Steelers touchdown, 27-16. Hodges with the touchdown pass to Jones. The Pittsburgh scoring drive went 8 plays for 76 yards and was clocked at 4:06.

Tampa starts the drive at their own 9 after a holding call on the return.

The Steelers lose a challenge, claiming they recovered a fumble.

Griffin complete to Wilson for 19 yards. Tampa now on their own 28.

Griffin complete to Hudson for 8 yards. Tampa sits at their own 41.

Griffin sacked by Tuzar Skipper, forcing the Buccaneers to punt.

Spencer with a big 30 punt return for 30 yards.

Matthew Wright successfully kicks a 32-yard field goal, Steelers lead 30-16. The Pittsburgh scoring drive went 7 plays for 19 yards and took 2:23 off the clock.

Griffin leads Tampa down the field on a drive that started at the Buccaneers own 20.

Tampa touchdown, Steelers lead 30-22. Griffin connects with Hudson for the score. Tampa fails on the two-point attempt after Pittsburgh’s Gilbert internepst Griffin.

Tampa’s scoring drive went 13 plays for 76 yards and took 4:27 off the clock.

Tampa recovers the Pittsburgh fumble.

Tamps scores a late touchdown, Steelers lead 30-28. Griffin fails to convert the two-point conversion.


Friday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

SN Coverage: Mike Asti

TV/Radio: KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh) and NFL Network (Nationally), Steelers Radio Network (102.5 WDVE-FM)


• Steelers have a couple players that have been down with injuries that are not expected to play in cornerback Joe Haden (foot) and safety Sean Davis (finger).

The players that replace them are in battles for roster spots, including Brian Allen and Artie Burns at outside corner and Marcus Allen and Kameron Kelly at safety.

• The backup quarterbacks have flip-flopped at times during practice, with both Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph both working with the second team. Their play in preseason games will probably shed more light on that battle than practices.

• Several Steelers will be making their Heinz Field debuts, including a promising rookie class that includes linebacker Devin Bush, wide receiver Diontae Johnson and running back Benny Snell, all of which should see significant playing time.


There are 11 Buccanneers that did not make the trip to Pittsburgh, including starting defensive tackle Vita Vea (Bucs Nation).

Vea has a knee injury, prompting concern about his early season availability (Tampa Bay Times).

Lots of eyes are on second-year Tampa Bay running back Ronald Jones, who was teammates with Steelers’ wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster at USC (Tampa Bay Times).

As part of the reaction to the Vea injury, Tampa Bay re-signed Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, among other moves (Tampa Bay Buccanneers).


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Steelers Playoff Hopes on the Precipice after Loss to NY Jets



It was early in the second quarter of the game between the Steelers and NY Jets when it appeared that the Devlin Hodges era had reached its inglorious end following his second interception of the first half, a “duck” near the pylon putting the kibosh on a promising Steelers drive. That pick took points off the board. The next possession Mason Rudolph found himself back under center running what’s left of the offense.

But that wasn’t the end of the story. With Mason Rudolph forced out with an injury as the fourth quarter began, it would again come down to the undrafted quarterback out of Samford.

This time there was no magic, as the offense was unable to do much of anything at all without Rudolph, who lasted less than a half and Conner, who left in the second quarter.

The Steelers defense opened the game by giving up a quick touchdown as the Jets smartly mixed passes and runs down the field. Darnold threaded a perfect pass over Terrell Edmunds and Joe Haden for a 23-yard touchdown to Robbie Anderson for the score.

After rushing the ball six times for 32 yards, James Conner left the game in the second quarter with a thigh injury depleting the Pittsburgh offense even further. The oft-injured running back did not return.

With Rudolph leading the offense again for the first time since week 12, the Steelers largely abandoned the running game. It worked, the second-year quarterback completed nine of 12 passes for 105 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions in less than a quarter of action.

Late in the first half, soon to be defensive MVP TJ Watt sacked and stripped Sam Darnold and recovered the fumble for good measure to put the Steelers in business with under a minute left, trailing 10-3. Following a defensive penalty that gave the Steelers a first down with just nine seconds left, Rudolph found Diontae Johnson in the endzone for a 29-yard touchdown, tying the game going into halftime.

Steelers started off the second half with the ball, looking for their first lead of the game but were forced to punt after picking up just one first down. The Jets were then able to move the ball methodically to midfield before Darnold hooked up with Trevon Wesco, who was completely uncovered, for a 32-yard gain to the 19 yard line. The drive stopped there but a short Sam Ficken field goal put the Jets back in front, 13-10.

The rest of the quarter was a special teams battle as neither team was able to do anything on offense. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Steelers gifted the Jets a first down by jumping into the neutral zone on a 4th-and-five. But Darnold and the New York offense were unable to move the ball any further.

Then, seemingly without warning, Duck Hodges received the call again after Rudolph was unable to continue at QB following an apparent shoulder injury.

Hodges and company drove the field, getting into field goal territory before a sack and a bad snap knocked the team back and forced a punt.

Darnold and the Jets were up to the challenge, quickly driving into Steelers territory. An 11-yard scamper by Le’Veon Bell on 3rd-and-14 at the 35 gave Sam Ficken an easier field goal attempt and he converted giving the Jets a six point cushion.

With 3:11 left in the fourth quarter and the Steelers needing a touchdown, it was up to Devlin Hodges once again. However, a short run, a sack and an incompletion left the Steelers on life support.

The ball back in the hands of the NY Jets offense and the season on the line, the Pittsburgh defense held, forcing a quick three and out and burned only 20 seconds on the clock.

A 28-yard punt gave the Steelers life, and the ball at the 40 with 1:27 left in the game. But after a single first down, the Steelers stalled and an incompletion on 4th down ended the game.

Both teams were disciplined, with only seven combined penalties between them. The Steelers committed one more penalty (four to three) for 34 yards to 30 for the Jets. The teams had almost identical offensive numbers, 263 yards for the Jets to 260 for the Steelers. The Steelers had 185 yards passing to 174 and 75 rushing yards to 85 for the Jets.

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From the Locker Room: Heyward, Hodges, Edmunds on Losing as a Team



PITTSBURGH – It was a funeral-like atmosphere in the Pittsburgh locker room following the Steelers 17-10 loss to Buffalo. A national audience witnessed the Steelers fail to win a game that could’ve basically secured them a spot in the playoffs and they weren’t making any excuses after the game.

Cam Heyward, who takes pride in being one of the most vocal leaders on the team, made it very clear he isn’t supporting any opinion that revolves around blaming only the offense for the loss to the Bills.

“We should’ve got off the field more,” was Heyward’s emphatic response to a question about if he was frustrated with the offensive turnovers. The veteran defensive end was making reference to the defense not getting enough stops in a close game.

It’s expected that a leader like Cam Heyward isn’t going to allow one player, or even one unit, to take all of the blame. But quarterback Devlin Hodges, who threw 4 interceptions on the night, also knows he needs to be better. Hodges put the game on his shoulders, but then mentioned how several of his teammates came up him to express their support moving forward.

Despite the loss, safety Terrell Edmunds can still appreciate how special it was o play against his brother Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds on Sunday Night Football.

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Giveaways Costly as Steelers Fall to Bills, 17-10



PITTSBURGH — Sunday night’s game between the Steelers and Buffalo Bills was expected to be a defensive battle.

The two units came into the game among the tops in the AFC in points allowed this season. The key would be to limit mistakes in a low-scoring game.

In the end, the Steelers made one too many, as Devlin Hodges was intercepted four and James Conner and Diontae Johnson fumbled an exchange as the Steelers came up one score short, losing 17-10.

Hodges was intercepted in the end zone twice with under two minutes remaining for the final blow. The Steelers had two turnovers in the red zone, as the exchange between Conner and Johnson was fumbled at the Buffalo nine-yard line late in the first half.

Hodges was intercepted by Jordan Poyer in the end zone with 1:54 to play. The Steelers defense held, getting Hodges another shot, but he was once again intercepted in the end zone, this time by Levi Wallace, to seal the game.

The Steelers offense was unable to move the ball for much of the game, with Hodges held to 202 yards on 23 of 38 passing and the running game bottled up, as well.

In his return from a shoulder injury, James Conner had a couple of big carries, with runs of 15 and 17 yards, but finished with just 42 yards on eight carries.
The Steelers defense was stout, forcing a pair of turnovers of its own and holding Bills quarterback Josh Allen to 139 yards passing.

The Bills just took advantage of the Steelers mistakes, scoring a touchdown after a 22-yard Jordan Berry punt in the first quarter and a field goal after a Hodges interception in the third quarter.

The Bills improved to 9-4 and clinched a postseason berth, while the Steelers fell to 8-5. The Steelers will visit the New York Jets next Sunday.

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