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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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