The Pittsburgh Steelers headed to Miami, FL to play AFC foe Miami Dolphins in Week 6 NFL action. The 4-1 Steelers and 1-4 Dolphins would make for a unique storyline as fans feared a let down before the New England Patriots come to Heinz Field in Week 7.
You wouldn't know the Steelers were focused on the game at the start. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Pittsburgh offense only mustered one first down before punting the ball to Miami. Ryan Tannehill, and Jay Ajayi, moved the ball into the red-zone, but as the Pittsburgh defense does, were held to an Andrew Franks field goal to give them an early 3-0 lead.
The Miami defense looked as if they were going to hold Pittsburgh's lethal offense again, but a personal foul call on third down extended the Steelers drive. The next play saw Darrius Heyward-Bey score a 60-yard end-around touchdown. Pittsburgh tacked on a two-point conversion pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Le'Veon bell to make the score 8-3.
After both teams shared possessions, it was the Dolphins who drove the length of the field against a banged up Steelers defense and was able to work the ball inside the Pittsburgh 10-yard line. After an illegal formation call nullified the would-be go ahead touchdown, the Steelers defense held Miami to another Franks field goal to make the score 8-6 with 8:00 left in the first half.
On the ensuing series, Ben Roethlisberger was forced out of the pocket and threw an interception. He injured his left knee on the play, but Ryan Tannehill and company failed to put a touchdown on the board. They turned phenomenal field position to another Franks field goal, and re-gained the lead 9-8.
Without Roethlisberger in the game, the Pittsburgh offense failed to convert a key third down, giving the ball back to Miami with just over two minutes left in the game. The Pittsburgh secondary got burnt again by Jarvis Landry for a 38-yard reception inside the 5-yard line. Damien Williams would punch it in for the touchdown, extending Miami's lead 16-8 to end the first half.
The Dolphins, recipients of the football to start the 2nd half, drove the ball again into the Pittsburgh red-zone, but again had to settle for a field goal attempt. This time, Daniel McCullers was able to get a hand on the ball, and get Pittsburgh the ball for the first time of the second half, with Ben Roethlisberger at the helm. Roethlisberger on the team's next possession, ended the drive by throwing a horrible interception, his second of the game, giving Miami prime field position midway through the 3rd quarter.
Miami would turn the Roethlisberger turnover into an Ajayi touchdown, giving Miami a dominating 23-8 lead in the third quarter. Pittsburgh's issues continued on the next drive, resulting in a three-and-out. Miami got good field position, but Miami left more points on the board with Franks missing a 50-yard field goal, giving Pittsburgh their best field position of the first half.
Pittsburgh went three-and-out, giving the ball right back to the Dolphins offense which has been driving on the Steelers defense all game. Although the Dolphins weren't able to extend their lead, they pinned Pittsburgh deep in their own territory with 4:20 left in the game. The score of 23-15 wouldn't last long as Ajayi would break free for a 62-yard touchdown and a Dolphins touchdown. The extra point would make the score, and final score, 30-15.
The Steelers made things interesting when Ben Roethlisberger hit Cobi Hamilton in the endzone for the team's first score since the first quarter. Chris Boswell's extra point made the score 23-15 with 1:02 left in the football game.
The Steelers loss marks their second of the season, second straight on the road, and moves their overall record to 4-2. Pittsburgh will host the New England Patriots at Heinz Field in Week 7 at 4:25 p.m. EDT.