The Pittsburgh Steelers had been the lone undefeated team heading into Week 13, but the Washington Football Team put an end to any dreams of a perfect season. The road for the Steelers, who were playing their third game in 12 days, didn’t get any easier as they traveled to Buffalo to play the red-hot Bills on Sunday Night Football.
After losing the opening coin toss, the Bills elected to defer their possession to the start of the second half, and Ben Roethlisberger and company would take the football to start the game. After Ray-Ray McCloud made a questionable decision to take the football out of the end zone on the kickoff, the Steelers’ drive lasted just three plays before punting the ball to Buffalo.
Josh Allen and the Bill’s opening offensive drive didn’t last any longer than Pittsburgh’s, and Roethlisberger and the offense were back on the field before you knew it. After a first down reception, Diontae Johnson continue to rack up the drops. Not even midway through the first quarter, Johnson already had two, the latter resulted in another Jordan Berry punt.
After Allen hit Cole Beasley for the Bills’ first down, it was the Steelers’ pass rush which started to impact the game. After T.J. Watt go a nice pass defense on first down, it was Cam Heyward who hit Allen’s arm as he threw and Mike Hilton came down with the interception.
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After the Steelers failed to even turn the interception into a first down, the Bill’s offense continued to struggle and matched the Steelers’ offensive ineptitude with their own three and out.
With both offenses struggling, the first quarter ended with the score 0-0 and the Bills with the ball.