Steelers-Bills Game Blog

Posted Aug 16, 2014

The Steelers take on the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field.

FINAL Steelers 19, Bills 16

The Steelers broke the tie with at 48-yard Shaun Suisham field goal, to take a 16-13 lead with 9:26 to play in the quarter.

With 2:00 to play, the Bills tied the game at 16-16 with a Dan Carpenter 44-yard field goal.

Bruce Gradkowski led the Steelers on a final drive, but was intercepted with 43 seconds left in the game.

The Steelers got the ball back when Howard Jones recovered a fumble. giving the Steelers the ball at the one-yard line. Suisham gave the Steelers the win with the field goal as time ran out.

Third Quarter: Steelers 13, Bills 13

An opportunistic Steelers’ defense came up big again in the third quarter. Shamarko Thomas forced an Evan Rodriguez fumble, and Rob Golden recovered at the Steelers 33-yard line.

The offense got rolling with a 40-yard reception by Dri Archer, and two defensive holding penalties gave the Steelers the ball at the Bills 19-yard line. Landry Jones was sacked at the Bills 27-yard line, fumbled and Landon Cohen recovered and returned it 59 yards to the Steelers 16-yard line.

The Bills made it count when Anthony Dixon took it in one-yard for a touchdown, tying the game at 13-13.

The defense came up big again, with Golden ending a Bills drive with his second turnover of the game, this one an interception at the Steelers 15-yard line.

Bell receivers Rookie of the Year honor

Running back Le’Veon Bell was recognized at the beginning of halftime as the 2013 winner of the Joe Greene Great Performance Award, presented to the team’s rookie of the year. Bell, who received the honor from PNC Bank Executive Vice President Scott Cunningham, won the honor for his strong performance in 2013, which including rushing for 860 yards and eight touchdowns.

Halftime: Steelers 13, Bills 6

Bills cornerback Nickell Robey intercepted Jones, giving the Bills another shot before the half. The Bills drove down to the three-yard line, but on fourth down Rob Golden broke up a Manuel pass to give the Steelers the ball back with 28 seconds to play.    

Landry Jones replaced Ben Reothlisberger in the second quarter. Roethlisberger finished the night going 8-for-11 for 128 yards, two touchdowns and a 150.8 quarterback rating.

The Steelers defense came up big when Jason Worilds pressured E.J. Manuel, forcing him to throw it away and get called for intentional grounding. Manuel hit Scott Chandler for a 24-yard reception, but shy of the first down. Dan Carpenter hit a 53-yard field goal, pulling the Bills to within a score at 13-6.

First Quarter: Steelers 13, Bills

Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier intercepted Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel at the at Steelers 36-yard line and returned it 27-yards to the Bills 37-yard line. The Steelers made it count when Ben Roethlisberger hit Markus Wheaton for a 16-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 13-3.

The Steelers responded with a quick scoring strike on a slant pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown, who broke free for a 76-yard touchdown. The two play, 80 yard drive in 46 seconds gave the Steelers a 6-0 lead after Shaun Suishium missed extra point.

Buffalo got on the board first with a 37-yard field by Dan Carpenter, finishing off an 11-play, 44 yard drive, to give the Bills a 3-0 lead.

Steelers celebrate USA Football Month

The Steelers joined the NFL in recognizing USA Football Month with activities during Saturday’s preseason game against the Bills focusing on the game’s future players.

The Steelers continue to promote USA Football’s Heads Up Football, a nationwide program focused on safety in all levels of the game, starting with the youngest players. More than 5,500 youth football leagues across the country participate in Heads Up Football, reaching the high school level this year.  

Among the features during the game to highlight USA Youth Football Month are the following:

  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Youth Football game played at halftime between Bethel Park Blackhawks and North Allegheny Tigers
  • Youth Football co-captains     Mason Kress (North Allegheny) and Lucas Helfrich (Bethel Park)
  • Youth Color Guard from Connellsville Area High School JROTC
  • In-stadium banners
  • Field stencils
  • Helmet stickers

“The health and safety of every youth football player is our No. 1 priority and the NFL shares in that commitment,” said USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck. “The Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL have partnered with us to further advance a better and safer game for young athletes who enjoy the fun, fitness and other rewards gained by playing this great sport. We value the Steelers’ continued support of USA Football Month.”

Scholarship winners honored

The Steelers are honoring the three 2014 Art Rooney Scholarship recipients during Saturday’s preseason game against the Bills. The scholarship, which is funded through the Gatorade/Steelers 5K race, is awarded to three local high school students, two to graduating seniors from Perry through the Pittsburgh Promise and one from North Catholic High School.

This year’s winners, who will each receive a $12,000 scholarship, was presented Marlena Cook, a North Catholic graduate attending the University of Pittsburgh to study pre-med; and Perry High School graduates Jaime Grimm, who will attend CCAC and Carlow University to study nursing and Willie Jones, who will attend Penn State to study mechanical engineering.

Game Day Activities

* As a part of a season-long program the Steelers are honoring an ATI Hometown Hero every game. This week the team is honoring United States Army Colonel Jack Skelly.

* Miss Pennsylvania, Amanda Smith, led the Terrible Towel Twirl before the game. She will participate in the Miss America contest in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

* Shawnett Simpkins from Pittsburgh performed the National Anthem prior to kickoff.