The offense stayed hot in the second quarter, with Roethlisberger hitting Emmanuel Sanders for 21 and 12 yards and then added a nine-yard pass to Heath Miller. Bell rattled off an eight-yard carry, and Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for 11 yards to the five-yard line. On third down Roethlisberger’s pass to Jerricho Cotchery in the end zone was broken-up, bringing on Shaun Suisham for a 25-yard field goal and 24-0 lead.
Brandon Tate gave the Bengals life with a 52-yard kickoff return to the Steelers 47-yard line. Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green for 19 yards and Giovani Bernard added a seven-yard run. Dalton added a nine-yard completion to Green to the 12-yard line. Bernard capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, to cut the lead to 24-7 with 5:14 to play in the half.
The Steelers offense went right back to work with Felix Jones going off left guard for 12 yards and Roethlisberger hitting Miller for nine yards. Jonathan Dwyer went up the middle for five yards, and added another 10 yards. The offense slowed after that, bringing Suisham back on for a 45-yard field goal attempt that sailed through the uprights to extend the lead to 27-7.
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Emmanuel Sanders gave the Steelers good field position with a 26-yard kickoff return to the 35-yard line. Le’Veon Bell wen up the middle for four yards, but Chris Clemons broke up a pass to Heath Miller that would have been a first down. The Steelers were forced to punt after Antonio Brown couldn’t pull in a first down grab.
The Dolphins looked like they were going to move the ball on their ensuing drive, with Daniel Thomas going off right guard for three yards and Ryan Tannehill hitting Dion Sims for a seven-yard gain. On the next play Tannehill couldn’t hold on to the ball and was sacked by Jason Worilds for a seven-yard loss. After two incompletions the Dolphins were forced to punt.
It would be the Dolphins defense that would come up big when Cameron Wake sacked Ben Roethlisberger, forcing a fumble that Randy Starks recovered. The Dolphins took advantage, with Tannehill capping their drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to Charles Clay for the 10-7 lead.
Halftime: Steelers 7, Dolphins 10
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The Steelers went three-and-out on the opening drive of the game, but their defense returned the favor, shutting down the Dolphins on their opening drive. Troy Polamalu broke up a Ryan Tannehill pass that he came close to intercepting, and then Cam Heyward sacked Tannehill for an eight-yard loss.
The Steelers got the ball at their own 26-yard line, and in the snow kept things on the ground to get rolling. Le’Veon Bell rattled off runs of four, nine, six and three yards. On third-and-one Jonathan Dwyer pounded it up the middle for six yards to keep the chains moving. Ben Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for 22 yards to the 24-yard line, and Bell added a six-yard gain. Bell was knocked for a two-yard loss, but got the first down on a nine-yard reception. Bell was stopped for no gain, but added a five-yard carry to the six-yard carry. On third down Roethlisberger hit Emmanuel Sanders for a five-yard touchdown, giving the Steelers an early 7-0 lead, off a 12-play, 74-yard drive that ate up 7:05. On the play, Roethlisberger passed Terry Bradshaw with most touchdown passes in franchise history with 213.
Cortez Allen broke up a Tannehill pass intended deep for Mike Wallace. Lamar Miller added a seven-yard carry, and then Tannehill scrambled for eight yards, and then took off running for 48 yards to the Steelers 13-yard line. The defense held them, forcing the Dolphins to settle for a 30-yard Ryan Sturgis field goal.
End of first quarter: Steelers 7, Dolphins 3
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The Ravens, working out of the no-huddle, moved the ball on the opening drive of the second half. Joe Flacco hit Jacoby Jones for 10 yards, Torrey Smith for eight yards, and Marlon Brown for 12 yards. Flacco went back to Smith for another 10 yard gain on third-and-eight, and then Ray Rice added a nine-yard gain to the Steelers 11-yard line. A stout defense kept the Ravens out of the end zone, forcing them to settle for a Justin Tucker 34-yard field goal, and 13-0 lead.
Ben Roethlisberger got the offense going with a 21-yard completion to Heath Miller, and Le’Veon Bell followed it up with a six-yard gain off right guard. Bell broke loose down the left sideline for a 43-yard gain, setting the Steelers up with a first-and-goal at the eight yard line. On third down, Roethlisberger hit Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone for the touchdown, closing the gap to 13-7.
Special teams gave the Ravens a boost when Jacoby Jones returned the kickoff 73 yards to the Steelers 27-yard line. The defense held strong, stopping them on a third-and-six at the seven yard line and bringing on Tucker for his third field goal of the night and a 16-7 lead.
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The Steelers started from their own 15-yard line, and Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for 11 yards and Emmanuel Sanders for five yards. Le’Veon Bell got it on the direct snap out of the wildcat for a six-yard gain, but was stopped by Elvis Dumervil for no gain on the next play. On second-and-10 Roethlisberger moved the chains when he scrambled for an 11-yard gain. The Steelers faced a third-and-nine from their own 49-yard line, and Roethlisberger came up big in the air this time, hitting Sanders for a 15-yard gain. After failing to convert on their next third down, Shaun Suisham lined up for a field goal attempt, but the attempt was botched and Suisham was tackled for a 12-yard loss and the Ravens took over on downs.
Aided by a 26-yard pass interference penalty on Ike Taylor, and a nine-yard scramble by Joe Flacco on third-and-eight, the Ravens moved the ball to the Steelers 16-yard line. The defense tightened the reins, with Lawrence Timmons stopping Ray Rice for no gain and Jason Worilds sacking Flacco, forcing a fumble the Ravens recovered. The Ravens had to settle for a 43-yard Justin Tucker field goal, extending their lead to 10-0.
The Steelers went three-and-out on their next possession, giving the Ravens the ball back with 1:50 to play in the half. Ray Rice was stopped after a one-yard reception, and Dallas Clark pulled in an eight yard grab. Rice added a two-yard carry to keep the drive going. Flacco hit Rice for seven yards, but a false start pushed the Ravens back five yards. The Ravens let the clock run out, going into the half up 10-0.
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The Ravens would strike on their first possession when Joe Flacco went to the air, hitting Torrey Smith for 54 yards to the one-yard line. On first down Ray Rice was stopped for no gain, and then Flacco was sacked by Jason Worilds for a six-yard loss. On third-and-seven Flacco hit Smith in the end zone, giving the Ravens a 7-0 lead with 9:18 to play in the first quarter.
Ben Roethlisberger got the offense rolling, hitting Antonio Brown for eight yards and a first down. Roethlisberger added completions to Emmanuel Sanders for three yards, Jerricho Cotchery for five yards and Heath Miller for 12 yards. Le’Veon Bell added a four-yard gain to the Ravens 37-yard line, but the Steelers weren’t able to convert on third down and were forced to punt.
End of First Quarter, Steelers 0, Ravens 7
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The Steelers got the ball with 14:43 in the fourth quarter, and went on a 12 play drive, that while it only went 27 yards took 7:49 off the clock. On fourth-and-18 from the Browns’ 29-yard line the Steelers appeared to be going for it rather than kicking the field goal into the wind, but instead Ben Roethlisberger pooch punted it and Emmanuel Sanders downed it at the one-yard line.
Brandon Weeden got them out of trouble with a 47-yard completion to Josh Gordon. The defense came up big again with Troy Polamalu forcing another Weeden fumble, and Cam Heyward recovered.
The Steelers weren’t able to convert, but it was the defense that would come through again. Will Gay intercepted Weeden and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown to extend the Steelers lead to 27-3.
The Browns added a touchdown late when Weeden hit Gordon for a one-yard touchdown. The Browns added the two-point conversion on a pass to Greg Best, cutting the Steelers lead to 27-11 with 3:13 to play.
The 27-11 win is the Steelers third in a row, and improves their record to 5-6 and keeps them in the hunt in the AFC North.
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The Browns got the ball to start the half, but the defense forced a three-and-out courtesy of Will Allen holding Greg Little to a four-yard completion on third-and-five.
Ben Roethlisberger went to work from his own 23-yard line finding Le’Veon Bell for 11 yards. Bell added a six-yard gain, and Roethlisberger went to Emmanuel Sanders for six more yards and the first down. Heath Miller pulled in a six-yard reception and Bell added a three-yard gain. Jonathan Dwyer was stopped on consecutive carries for no gain, giving the Browns the ball on downs.
It would be the Steelers defense that would come up big next. Will Gay came on the blitz and hit Jason Campbell, knocking the ball free and Will Allen recovered and returned it 49 yards to the four-yard line.
The Steelers converted fast with a four-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Sanders for a 20-3 lead.
Brandon Weeden got the call again at quarterback, and got the Browns going, driving them down to the 28-yard line. They would go no further, and on fourth down Billy Cundiff’s 46-yard field goal sailed wide left in the wind.
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After stopping the Steelers on their second drive the Browns went to work from their own 19-yard line. After two short completions, Jason Campbell hit Jordan Cameron, and converted another third down Chris Ogbonnaya for 11 yards. Ogbonnaya went off right guard for three yards before the first quarter ended. Campbell hit Fozzy Whittaker for a five yard gain, but on third down Cam Heyward sacked Campbell for a seven-yard loss, forcing a punt.
The Browns stopped the Steelers deep, forcing a Mat McBriar punt that went just 41 yards to the Browns 47-yard line. Campbell went back to Cameron for 10 yards, then came right back to him for a four-yard completion. A false start backed the Browns up, and on third down Troy Polamalu broke up Campbell’s pass while Jason Worilds applied the pressure, ending the drive.
The Steelers took over at their own 10-yard line, and despite completions to Antonio Brown of 12, 9 and 17 yards the drive stalled.
Campbell connected with Josh Gordon for 10-yards, and Whittaker added a four-yard carry. On second-and six Campbell was hit by Worilds, forcing him to the sidelines and replaced at quarterback by Brandon Weeden. Weeden couldn’t connect with Cameron, forcing another Browns’ punt.
The Steelers went to work quickly, with Roethlisberger hitting Emmanuel Sanders for 11 yards to the Cleveland 41-yard line. Roethlisberger found Brown deep on the next play, connecting with his number one target for a 41-yard touchdown and 10-3 Steelers lead on a drive that took just 44 seconds.
Campbell returned at quarterback for the Browns on the next drive and got them rolling with a 16 and 10-yard completion to Gordon. The defense came up big when Troy Polamalu forced an Ogbonnaya fumble and recovered, giving the Steelers the ball back at their own 46-yard line.
Campbell returned at quarterback for the Browns on the next drive and got them rolling with 16 and 10-yard completions to Gordon. The defense came up big when Troy Polamalu forced an Ogbonnaya fumble and recovered, giving the Steelers the ball back at their own 46-yard line.
The Steelers went to work and Le’Veon Bell took it for 12 yards, then Roethlisberger hit Sanders for eight yards and Heath Miller for eight and 13 yards to the Browns’ 14-yard line. After spiking the ball and two incomplete passes, the Steelers brought on Shaun Suisham to extend the lead to 13-3 at the half.
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Cleveland won the toss, but deferred, giving the Steelers the ball to start the game. Ben Roethlisberger opened it up with a 14-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders, and Le’Veon Bell added a 13-yard carry off right guard. Working out of the no-huddle Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller over the middle for 12-yards and then back to Bell for four-yards off right tackle to the Browns 27-yard line. That was as far as the Steelers would go, as the Browns stopped Bell for consecutive one-yard losses. Shaun Suisham, kicking into the wind, got the Steelers on the board with a 47-yard field goal and early 3-0 lead.
The Browns came right back after Fozzy Whittaker returned the kickoff 32 yards to the Browns 35-yard line. Jason Campbell hit Josh Gordon for 24 yards to the Steelers 36-yard line. A false start gave the Browns a second-and-15, and Chris Ogbonnaya gained five yards off left guard. Campbell hit Davone Bess for only five yards, coming up short of the first down. The Browns had to settle for a 49-yard Billy Cundiff field goal to tie the game at 3-3.
Nose tackle Steve McLendon was injured on the final play of the quarter.
At the end of the quarter, game tied at 3-3
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When Steelers practice ended and Ben Roethlisberger walked over to 15-year old Jessica Converse, you could just feel the excitement. Because for Converse, the wish she made almost a year ago, was coming true. And her smile was as bright as can be.
Converse is visually and hearing impaired, considered legally blind and deaf, and also suffers from an enlarged heart, high blood pressure and is diabetic. She was the Steelers guest at practice through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, meeting Roethlisberger and his teammates.
“I am just so glad she was able to get her wish with all of the different problems she has,” said her mother, Michelle Converse. “She has been waiting for this and it was so overwhelming and exciting for all of us.
“When Ben came over and met her, it was the most awesome thing I ever saw. I got overwhelmed when they all came up around her.”
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The Steelers opened the second quarter with Jonathan Dwyer going off right guard for a six-yard gain and first down. Felix Jones went off left guard for nine yards, and then Dwyer took it up the middle for two yards. Emmanuel Sanders got the handoff from Le’Veon Bell and tiptoed along the sideline for a 25-yard gain to the Bills 25-yard line. Bell added gains of nine, six and three yards to the seven-yard line. On third down Ben Roethlisberger was sacked for an 11-yard loss, brining on Shaun Suisham for a 36-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3.
After the defense stopped the Bills, Roethlisberger and company went to work. Roethlisberger got away from pressure to complete a shovel pass to Bell for 34 yards to midfield. Roethlisberger completed a four-yard pass to Sanders and Dwyer added carries of eight and six yards. Roethlisberger hit a wide open Antonio Brown for 24 yards to the five-yard line. Roethlisberger then hit Jerricho Cotchery in the corner of the end zone for a five-yard touchdown to give the Steelers a 10-3 lead, completing an 86-yard drive.
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Receiver Emmanuel Sanders is seeing a difference in the offense this training camp, due in large part to the players feeling more comfortable in Todd Haley’s offensive system in year two.
“It’s progressing,” said Sanders. “We are getting more comfortable with Todd Haley and he is getting more comfortable with us. We are starting to understand where he wants us to be and we understand the offense. Everything is starting to click. My chemistry with Ben (Roethlisberger) is getting better. As an offensive whole we are growing.”
Sanders said there were definitely some growing pains last year with the offense, and they are getting past those now.
“What do you expect from a first year coach and a new system,” said Sanders. “We tried to keep as much from the previous year, we were trying to get familiar with him and he was trying to get familiar with us. This year we are trying to take a step forward and I am looking forward to displaying it on the field.”
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A look at what is happening at Steelers practice, and even a surprise in the sky.
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“I got brought down by the punter, which is something I am not too happy about,” said Sanders. “But I get another opportunity this week.”
What Sanders was referring to was an electric fourth quarter 63-yard punt return against the New York Giants in the Steelers 24-20 win, that could have gone for a touchdown if he had not been stopped by punter Steve Weatherford.
His teammates have been teasing him about it, he has been getting on himself for it, and if that isn’t enough there is a large photo hanging in the hallway outside the Steelers locker room showing Weatherford getting ready to hit Sanders.
“I am giving myself heat,” said Sanders. “I have an alter ego telling me you got downed by a punter. I wish I would have scored. It is something next time I get the opportunity I will make the most of it and score. I have been getting heat all week. They aren’t going to let it go until I get another opportunity to take it the distance.”
Last week Sanders was forced into action after Antonio Brown suffered an ankle injury in the first half and Chris Rainey injured his ribs in the second half.
“Antonio went down in the first half so right after halftime I went out and caught some punts and got comfortable just in case,” said Sanders. “Then when I saw Chris Rainey go down and I knew I was up next. It was a crucial situation and I wanted to make a play to help my team win.
“You are a championship caliber team and when somebody goes down the next guy has to step up and fill that void. You have to play up to the standard. Coach (Mike) Tomlin says the standard is the standard. We live and breathe that. If we want to get to where we need to be and that’s Super Bowl champions, through the season guys will go down and guys will have to step in.”
The Steelers likely will need Sanders to step in this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, as both Brown and Rainey are still question marks. And while Sanders doesn’t know yet exactly what his role will be, whatever it is he will be spending time this week getting ready.
“We are playing on Monday night so I have an extra day to prepare myself,” said Sanders. “I have to study a lot. I am going to work hard in practice and stay singularly focused on winning. If the ball comes my way it comes my way, but I am going to do my job, get open and make plays.
“I am excited about the opportunity to help my team win. It’s a Monday night game, a lot of fun, great environment. Hopefully I can have a big game as a returner and receiver.”
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The Steelers are no stranger to playing games in primetime, and as always players are pumped to be center stage when they travel to Denver for NBC’s Sunday Night Football this week.
“You have to love it,” said Antonio Brown. “All of your peers are watching; all football fans are all watching. It doesn’t get any better than Sunday night. Everyone is watching. It doesn’t get any better than opening the season there.”
And when the bright lights are on, everyone wants to shine.
“You play the game for these big-time games,” said Emmanuel Sanders. “That is what we live for, everyone is watching and they are watching to see the Steelers win.
“I have grown up on big time players doing big time things in big time games. Everybody wants to be that guy that makes the game winning catch on national television.”
The Steelers have had success in primetime under Coach Mike Tomlin, with a 19-7 record, including 10-4 on the road and 8-5 on Sunday Night Football.
“I love football in general, but to start the season off primetime, Sunday night, the whole country watching is what you want,” said Ryan Mundy. “It’s a big game for us and an opportunity to start our season off right as we try to pursue our goals for the 2012 season.”
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