Chris Boswell’s 36 yard field goal gave the Steelers a victory of 23-20 against the Seattle Seahawks with two minutes left in overtime.
Three plays after Steelers’ outside linebacker T.J. Watt made Seattle quarterback Geno Smith fumble in Seahawks territory, Boswell scored his third field goal. Devin Bush, Pittsburgh’s interior linebacker scooped the ball up for Steelers possession. Boswell was able to win the game with two quick snaps.
Pittsburgh (3-3), won its second consecutive game thanks to Watt. Watt collected two of five sacks for his team and helped the defense recover from the Seahawks’ 14 point halftime deficit.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 229 yard and a touchdown. Najee Harries, rookie running back, added 83 yards in rushing. Harris also caught his second scoring throw of the season. Eric Ebron recorded the third running touchdown in his career, while the Steelers came up with creative ways of moving the ball when JuJu Smith-Schuster was sidelined with an injury to the shoulder.
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Smith started in the place of Russell Wilson injured and completed 23 of 32 passes to gain 209 yards. He also scored a touchdown. Alex Collins ran 101 yards in his first start since Chris Carson was injured. However, Smith’s last miscue forced Seattle down to 2-6.
Without linebacker Darrell Taylor as a back-up, the Seahawks won the overtime game. Taylor fell on the ground after Harris made a three-yard gain. The Steelers were driving close to midfield. Taylor was there for over 10 minutes, while medical personnel attended to him. Support was offered by both the players and officials.
NBC reports that Taylor felt movement in his extremities.
Boswell made a field goal of 52 yards with just 1:29 left in regulation, putting Pittsburgh 20-17 ahead.
Seattle was driving at the time Smith connected with D.K. Metcalf was near the Seahawks’ sideline. Metcalf decided to move upfield rather than out of bounds along with his team during timeouts. James Pierre of Pittsburgh took the ball from Metcalf’s hands. Freddie Swain, a Seattle wide receiver, fell on the ball at Steelers 25,
Smith raced to move the Seahawks towards the line of play and seemed to spike the ball with two lefts. Officials stopped the game in order to determine if Metcalfe had caught Metcalfe’s pass inbounds. Smith was able to spike the clock for Smith to get it up in time so Myers could pull the Seahawks at the last second.
Teams traded punts in overtime. Watt, however harassed Smith to make the same mistakes that cost him his career earlier while he was with the New York Jets.
Smith had only 10 days left to practice for his first game since Dec. 3, 2017. While playing for New York Giants Smith was unable to find any rhythm during an opening half where the Seahawks managed only three first downs, and just 65 total yards.
In the beginning, the Steelers were not much better against the NFL’s best defense. Roethlisberger got the ball rolling after they punted on their three first possessions. A 5-yard Harris flip gave the Steelers an early lead of 7-0. Pittsburgh increased its advantage with a late half drive, which was 14 plays long and 84 yards in length. Roethlisberger’s clever handoff to Eric Ebron ended the game. Ebron stumbled into the end zone, and the Steelers seemed to have complete control after the Seahawks failed one more time before the break.
It was an illusion.
Instead of relying on Smith, the Seahawks turned to a running match to replace starter Chris Carson who was injured Saturday.
But it didn’t matter. Seattle, which relied almost solely on the running to gain entry to the game again, lost an opportunity on the road to take one.
Seattle: Sidney Jones (cornerback) was hurt in the chest and left during quarter three. Damien Lewis, left guard was taken to the locker room with a shoulder injury in the third quarter. He did not return.
Steelers: Dan Moore Jr. left tackle was injured in his hip and was forced to retire from the Steelers game after four quarters.
New Orleans will be hosting Seattle on Monday, October 25th.
Pittsburgh: Next week is off, and then you travel to Cleveland on October 31 to face the Browns. Cleveland took 2 of 3 meetings in 2020 with Pittsburgh, winning the 1st round playoffs.
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