PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger threw for a pair of touchdown passes and James Conner secured the victory as the Steelers defeated the Houston Texans, 28-21 to improve to 3-0 on the season on Sunday at Hienz Field.
Conner scored from 10 yards out to give the Steelers the lead for good late in the fourth quarter to cap an impressive day rushing for the team. Conner finished with 109 yards on 18 carries along with the score, while rookie understudy Anthony McFarland had 42 yards on six rushes.
Roethlisberger helped the team find the end zone twice in the second quarter, hitting Eric Ebron in the back of the end zone from 10 yards out and then JuJu Smith-Schuster broke loose from 26 yards as the Steelers came back from an early two-score deficit.
The Texans scored twice in the first quarter, as the Steelers defense struggled to contain the Houston passing game. DeShaun Watson hit Randall Cobb from 28 yards out to give Houston a 7-3 lead after an early Chris Boswell field goal. David Johnson then scored untouched from two yards out to give Houston a 14-3 advantage.
After Roethlisberger led the Steelers back to the lead, Watson drove the Texans down the field in just 50 seconds with a touchdown pass to Will Fuller just before the half put Houston ahead once again.
Another Boswell field goal narrowed the gap to one point in the third quarter, before the Steelers went on an epic drive that ended with Conner’s touchdown.
Taking over at their own 21, the Steelers marched 12 plays for 79 over 7:03, twice converting on third down, before Conner found pay dirt. Roethlisberger hit Smith-Schuster on a slant to give the Steelers a two-point conversion and a seven-point margin of victory.
The Steelers are 3-0 for the first time since 2010, which is also the last time they went to the Super Bowl. Next Sunday, they will visit the Tennessee Titans.