The Pittsburgh Steelers headed to Ford Field for a pseudo homecoming for players, and coaches, who were a part of the Super Bowl Champion XL team. However, in that game they played the Seahawks, and in Week 8 of the 2017 regular season, they played the Detroit Lions.
Matthew Stafford and the new-age Lions were looking for a statement win, and the Steelers were hoping to win there-in-a-row before heading into their Week 9 bye week, and this prime time, Sunday Night Football game would start with Pittsburgh winning the toss — and taking the football.
Pittsburgh wasted little time moving the ball. On the first play from scrimmage Ben Roethlisberger hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 30-yard gain. Following that play were several Le’Veon Bell runs which put the team on the cusp of the red-zone. On 3rd and 1, Roethlisberger threw a beautiful pass to Eli Rogers, but Rogers dropped the pass. Chris Boswell nailed a 34-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh an early 3-0 lead.
Stafford had a chance to match Roethlisberger’s field goal drive, and he was able to do just that. Aided by a big 34-yard catch by Marvin Jones, the Lions moved deep inside Pittsburgh territory, but settled for a Matt Prater 48-yard field goal, tying the game 3-3.
After both teams exchanged punts, the Steelers are starting their fourth drive with the score still 3-3.