The Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams went head-to-head in Week 10 at Heinz Field. The Steelers came into the game winners of their last three games, and four of their last five games. This game was the last of a three game home stand at home for the black-and-gold, and they would need a big performance from both sides of the ball to extend their winning streak to four games.
Pittsburgh’s offense, led by Mason Rudolph, took the field first with the Rams deferring their possession to the third quarter, and on the third play from scrimmage Maurkice Pouncey snapped the ball over Rudolph’s head and Dante Fowler scooped up the football and ran it into the end zone for the first score of the game.
In the blink of an eye, the Steelers’ offense took the field again down 7-0 with just 20 seconds gone from the first quarter. On third down a Rudolph pass sailed through JuJu Smith-Schuster’s hands and what would have been a first down turned into a Jordan Berry punt.
Both teams shared several punts, Pittsburgh was the first offense to move the ball into the red-zone. After a defensive pass interference call on Jalen Ramsey, Rudolph hit James Washington twice, the second a back shoulder throw for the team’s first touchdown of the game.
Chris Boswell’s point-after was good, tying the game 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw more punts than points scored, but the Steelers looked to strike for the first time in the second frame when Rudolph hit Washington for a huge catch and run. On the run after the catch Washington fumbled the football and it was recovered by Rams, it was the Steelers’ second turnover of the game.
With 2:15 left in the first half, Jared Goff dropped back on 3rd and 7 to deliver a pass and his throwing arm was hit by Javon Hargrave. The ball squirted forward, and was picked up by Minkah Fitzpatrick for the touchdown. The call on the field was a touchdown, and after review the call stood as called.
After Boswell’s point after, the Steelers took their first lead of the game, 14-7.
The Rams failed to convert a third down the entire first half, and the Steelers got the ball back with 1:24 left in the half and all three timeouts remaining. After a three-and-out, Los Angeles moved the ball quickly into Pittsburgh territory and were able to attempt a 56-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein, but the kick sailed wide left keeping the score 14-7 heading into halftime.
Los Angeles received the ball to start the third quarter, but after converting their first third down of the game Goff was intercepted by Joe Haden to get the ball back to the Steelers’ offense. Pittsburgh was unable to do anything with the extra possession, and put the game back into their defense’s hands.
With Jared Goff on the sideline with an apparent injury, the Steelers defense forced a fourth and short. Sean McVay elected to try and fake the punt, but the pass was intercepted by Trey Edmunds, giving Pittsburgh prime position to add to their lead. But a holding call and another dropped pass resulted in another Jordan Berry punt.
Goff and company moved the ball into Pittsburgh territory with relative ease, but once in the red-zone things tightened up and the Pittsburgh defense forced a field goal attempt. Zuerlein’s 30 yard kick was good, making the score 14-10 at the end of the third quarter.
Both the Rams and Steelers seemed determined to win the battle of most punts in the game until the Pittsburgh was backed up in their own end and Aaron Donald sacked Mason Rudolph for the safety. The two points made the score 14-12 with 12:34 left in regulation.
Pittsburgh’s defense got a three-and-out after the Jordan Berry free kick, Mason Rudolph and the offense woke up. Huge third down conversions to Trey Edmunds and James Washington moved the ball into the red-zone. But, like has happened so often this season, the offense settled for a 33-yard Chris Boswell field goal. The kick made the score 17-12 with 2:46 left in the fourth quarter.
The Rams offense moved quickly into Steelers’ territory, and while facing a 4th-and-10 a pass into the end zone was broken up by Terrell Edmunds with no flag. The Steelers’ offense just needed one first down to ice the game, but had to punt the ball back.
Another Minkah Fitzpatrick interception on a tipped pass ended the game.
The Steelers win moves their record to 5-4 on the season, the first time above .500 this season, and their fourth straight victory. They now have a quick turnaround as they have to prepare to travel to Cleveland to play the Browns on Thursday Night Football in Week 11. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold moving forward.