PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A breakdown of the 2015 Regular Season opener against the New England Patriots.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made his 159th career start at quarterback, breaking a tie with Terry Bradshaw (158) for the most starts by a quarterback in Steelers history.
A popular question among the talking heads was whether RB DeAngelo Williams would be able to carry the load that would normally be carried by Le'Veon Bell. Williams logged 127 yards on 21 attempts for a 6.0 yards per carry average.
Though S Mike Mitchell forced one fumble, which was recovered by TE Rob Gronkowski, the lone turnover in the game went to the New England Patriots CB Michael Williams, who recorded an interception of QB Ben Roethlisberger on a pass intended for WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.
FB Will Johnson logged his third career touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. Johnson also scored a touchdown in 2012 and 2013.
Big Ben totaled 351 passing yards, his 38th 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers logged 464 yards of total offense, eclipsing the New England Patriots' total of 361 by 103 yards.
The Steelers and Patriots were both perfect on attempts after touchdowns. The Steelers were 1-for-1 on both extra points and two point conversions, while the Patriots were 4-for-4 on extra points; they did not attempt a two point conversion.
The Time of Possession differential between the Steelers and Patriots. The Steelers logged a total time of possession of 32:05, while the New England Patriots possessed the ball for a total of 27:55.