It had been a long time since the Pittsburgh Steelers last set foot on a football field. That was back in Week 6 when the team, quarterbacked by Devlin Hodges, traveled to the west coast and got the best of the Los Angeles Chargers. In Week 8 it was the Miami Dolphins invading Heinz Field looking for their first win of the season, and Mason Rudolph under center for the black-and-gold.
The Steelers won the opening coin toss, and elected to defer their possession to the second half. After the Pittsburgh defense forced a three-and-out, Mason Rudolph’s first pass of the game was intercepted by Xavien Howard. The turnover gave the Dolphins the ball at the Pittsburgh 27 yard line, and three plays later Ryan Fitzpatrick turned the turnover into a touchdown pass to Albert Wilson to make the score 7-0 with 10:55 left in the quarter.
Needing a response, the Steelers got a boost on the first play of their next drive when James Conner broke off a 25-yard run behind Roosevelt Nix, but the drive wouldn’t much further than that and ended in a turnover on downs when Rudolph threw behind James Washington on 4th down.
Fitzpatrick took the next possession and drove down the field with relative ease and it was an Allen Hurns touchdown reception which gave the Dolphins a 14-0 lead, still in the first quarter of the game.
The Steelers had the ball and were moving at the end of the quarter.