FINAL: Steelers 16, Giants 20
The Steelers got on the board again in the fourth quarter with Suisham’s third field goal of the night, for a 13-9 Giants lead.
The defense came up huge for the Steelers when linebacker Vic So’oto broke up a lateral to Michael Cox and Howard Jones
picked up the loose ball and returned it 28-yards for a touchdown, giving the Steelers a 16-13 lead.
Curtis Painter went to work for the Giants, moving the ball down field with completions of 10, 9, 13, 6 and 10 yards for a first down at the Steelers 21-yard line. Painter kept the hot hand with an 18-yard completion to Kendall Gaskins for 18-yards to the three-yard line. The Steelers were able to stuff the run on the next two plays, with Jordan Dangerfield
coming up with a big hit on second down. On third down Painter was able to find Corey Washington for a three-yard touchdown to go up 20-16.
The Steelers offense battled to come back, but Martavis Bryant
pulled in a reception, was down, got up and then was stripped of the ball and the Giants recovered to hold on to the lead.
Third Quarter: Steelers 6, Giants 13
The Steelers opened the second half with second-year quarterback Landry Jones
at the helm. Jones first attempt to Martavis Bryant drew a pass interference call, giving the Steelers a first-down at their own 36-yard line. Two incomplete passes and a two-yard loss by Jordan Hall
forced the Steelers to punt.
Both teams exchanged punts before the Steelers took advantage of a special teams miscue by the Giants. Charles James muffed Brad Wing
’s punt and Howard Jones recovered at the Giants 21-yard line.
The offense took over, but a holding call on Cody Wallace
pushed them back to the 31-yard line. Jones couldn’t find an open receiver, throwing the ball away and giving them a second-and-20. Jones hit Derek Moye
for a short gain, and on third-and-14 hit David Paulson
for five yards. Shaun Suisham
cut the lead with a 38-yard field goal, closing the gap to 13-6.
After a nice defensive stop the Steelers caught a break when Martavis Bryant muffed the ensuing punt, but was able to recover at the 33-yard line. The offense wasn’t able to do anything with the ball, though, and punted once again.
Steelers Halftime Comments:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
on if he was happy with his only drive of the game:
"I thought it was a good, solid first series. Obviously it helped that we had a huge play to Dri [Archer]. But we moved the ball down the field and got points on the board."
CB Mike Mitchell
on his first Steelers' game:
"I took a lot of pride in just putting this jersey on. There were a lot of great ones who’ve put it on before me so I really felt honored to come out here and play with the likes of Ike Taylor
and Lawrence Timmons
. You know we were really looking forward to playing with Troy [Polamalu], unfortunately he missed this one. But it just felt really good to come out here and play with my teammates for the first time. We gave up a big run, but overall I think it was a pretty good night. I thought I tackled well, but there’s still lots of room for improvement. We can improve our communication and just continue to gel as a unit. But overall, I had a great time playing with my teammates."
Second Quarter: Steelers 3, Giants 13
The second quarter opened with the Giants committing back-to-back penalties, pushing them back to their own 11-yard line. Safety Mike Mitchell came up with a big hit on Andre Williams after a nine-yard game, and then Mitchell and Cam Heyward combined to stop Williams and force a punt.
The Steelers went three-and-out on the next drive, and a 21-yard punt by Brad Wing set the Giants up with the ball at the Steelers 35-yard line. The defense was able to hold them to a 46-yard Josh Brown field goal, for a 10-3 Giants lead.
With the starters out some young players are getting a chance, including second-year running back Tauren Poole
who had runs of seven and two yards. Gradkowski hit Maurkus Wheaton for 28 yards, but overthrew Matt Spaeth
. Suisham came on for a 38-yard field goal, but a rare miss kept the Steelers down a touchdown at 10-3.
The Giants added a Brandon McManus field goal before the half came to an end to extend the lead to 13-3.
First Quarter: Steelers 3, Giants 7
After a defensive stop, running back Le’Veon Bell got the call to get the Steelers first drive started and responded with runs of nine and eight yards. Ben Roethlisberger, lining up in the shotgun, hit Dri Archer
on the screen pass and the speedster took off for a 46-yard catch and run to the Giants 14-yard line. LeGarrette Blount
pounded it for five and two yards, but the Steelers would have to settle for a 26-yard Shaun Suisham field goal and a 3-0 lead.
It didn’t take the Giants long to get it back, and then some. Rashad Jennings took it 73-yards for a touchdown, giving the Giants a 7-3 lead with 10:14 to play.Bruce Gradkowski
came in for the Steelers after the first series, working with the first team offense. Gradkowski connected with Markus Wheaton
for a 10-yard gain and first down, and then under pressure hit Antonio Brown
for 17-yards. The Steelers came up two yards short on a run by Le’Veon Bell and were forced to punt.
The defense came up big when Jarvis Jones
sacked Eli Manning for an eight-yard loss to the four-yard line and the Giants eventually had to punt.
Four Steelers will not be in uniform tonight against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, including rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier
, tight end Michael Palmer
, and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey
and nose tackle Steve McLendon