The Pittsburgh Steelers were chomping at the bit for their Week 2 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks to get the nasty taste out of their mouths after their Week 1 flop against the New England Patriots. Russell Wilson and company came into Heinz Field hoping to go 2-0, and the Steelers trying to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.
Pittsburgh started the game with the football, but picked up right where they left off in New England going three-and-out on their first possession. Seattle’s offense responded with a first down pass from Wilson to DK Metcalf, but failed to convert again and gave the ball back to the Steelers.
The Steelers’ offense failed to convert a first down until 2:31 in first quarter, and thankfully their defense did a tremendous job keeping the score knotted at 0-0 by sacking Wilson three times in the opening frame. On Pittsburgh’s third possession, Ben Roethlisberger was able to move the offense near midfield, but stalled with 1:35 left in the quarter.
After Jordan Berry’s third punt of the day, the Steelers’ defense was able to get their first turnover of the season when T.J. Watt forced a fumble and it was recovered by Mark Barron. Barron ran the ball into the endzone, but a block in the back on Sean Davis took the touchdown off the board.
Roethlisberger and the offense took the ball inside the red-zone, and after a defensive pass interference call set them up at the one yard line, James Conner took care of the rest and plunged into the endzone for the team’s first touchdown of the season.
Chris Boswell’s extra point gave the Steelers an early 7-0 lead.
In need of a response, Russell Wilson put together a masterful drive. But when it looked as if the Seahawks would have to settle for a 46-yard field goal, Daniel McCullers was called for a personal foul, giving the drive new life. On the next play Wilson found tight end Will Dissly to tie the game up at 7-7.
Following both teams punting the ball away, Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster caught fire. After three straight first downs on three straight passes, the drive stalled after an offensive pass interference call on Vance McDonald. The results was settling for a Chris Boswell 41-yard field goal to make the score 10-7 with 2:28 left in the first half.
To start the second half the Seahawks started with the football, and were unable to add to their point total. Ben Roethlisberger was out of the game due to an injury to the elbow on his throwing arm, and Mason Rudolph took over. On 3rd and 10 Rudolph threw a nice pass to Donte Moncrief, but the ball went through his hands and was intercepted by the Seattle defense.
Russell Wilson wasted little time putting more points on the board. After a pass to get them into the red-zone, Wilson hit Dissly for his second touchdown of the game, and to make the score 14-10 midway through the 3rd quarter.
Mason Rudolph returned to the field to hopefully spark the Pittsburgh offense, and his first NFL completion came via flea flicker when he hit Smith-Schuster for 46 yards to set up the Steelers in field goal range. However, the team had to settle for another Boswell field goal, making the score 14-13.
The Seahawks’ offense was just getting warmed up as they were well-timed and balanced in their attack as they drove the ball down the field. Pittsburgh’s defense had their issues tackling, and it was a missed tackle by Anthony Chickillo that eventually sprung running back Rashaad Penny for the rushing touchdown.
The score stood 21-13 with 2:56 left in the quarter, and the Pittsburgh offense had a different look and feel to it. There was balance between the run and the pass, and Rudolph had full command of the unit. A huge one-handed grab on third down by rookie Diontae Johnson kept the drive alive, and a Rudolph strike to Vance McDonald got the Steelers into the endzone for the second time.
Pittsburgh attempted a two-point conversion, but the conversion failed, leaving the score 21-19.
On Seattle’s ensuing drive, the defense looked as if they had done enough to force a 3rd and 20, but a defensive pass interference review ruled Terrell Edmunds interfered with Tyler Lockett on the second down play. It gave Seattle the ball deep in Pittsburgh territory, with a fresh set of downs. Three plays later Wilson his DK Metcalf for the touchdown, giving Seattle a 28-19 lead with 7:15 left in the game.
Mason Rudolph couldn’t orchestrate a drive on the next possession, calling Berry on to punt once again. But on the Seahawks’ next possession Carson fumbled the football and Mark Barron recovered the ball and got the ball to the 3 yard line.
The next play Rudolph hit McDonald again for his second touchdown of the game.
The Boswell point-after made the score 28-26 with 5:34 left in regulation.
Wilson used his legs on the next drive to move the ball into Pittsburgh territory, and to try and seal the win for the Seahawks. It all came down to a 4th and 1 on the Pittsburgh 34-yard line and Carson was able to scrape the one yard needed. The rush ended the game and the Steelers plunge to 0-2 on the season with a cross-country trip to the 49ers in Week 3.