The Steelers came back from a 14-point deficit, putting 27 unanswered points on the board, to defeat the Miami Dolphins, 27-14.
The Steelers offense came to life late in the second half and never looked back as they improved their record to 3-4 in the season, keeping them right in the hunt in the AFC North.
Chris Boswell extended the lead to 27-14 when he hit a 41-yard field goal. The Steelers got the ball after T.J. Watt’s strip-sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter.
A successful replay challenge helped the Steelers achieve a two-score lead with 12:01 left in the fourth quarter.
The Dolphins were originally credited with a first down on a 1-yard run by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on fourth-and-1 from the Steelers’ 47-yard line. But head coach Mike Tomlin’s challenge of the spot was upheld, Fitzpatrick was credited with a run for no gain and the Steelers took possession at the 47 with 18 seconds left in the third.
They took the ball and drove it 53 yards in five plays in 3:17 for a touchdown and a 24-14 lead. The capper was a 9-yard touchdown run by running back James Conner.
The Steelers went almost the entire length of the field to take their first lead of the night, 17-14, with 3:16 left in the third.
Quarterback Mason Rudolph connected with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on a 26-yard touchdown pass that capped a12-play, 97-yard march in 7:47.
The Steelers had gained possession at their 3 following safety Minkah Fitzpatrick’s second interception against his former team.
The Dolphins struck first following a turnover.
Rudolph’s first pass of the night, intended for Smith-Schuster, was intercepted by Dolphins cornerback Xavian Howard at the Steelers’ 26-yard line. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit wide receiver Jakeem Grant for 17 yards to the Steelers’ 8 and then finished the four-play march with a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Albert Wilson. Jason Sanders’ extra point gave the Dolphins a 7-0 lead with 10:55 left in the first quarter.
The Steelers moved the ball on their next possession but ultimately turned it over on downs when Rudolph threw incomplete for wide receiver James Washington on fourth-and-6 from the Miami 37.
This time, the Dolphins drove 63 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 1:34 left in the first.
The big play was a connection from Fitzpatrick to wide receiver DeVante Parker for 15 yards on third-and-14 from the Miami 43.
The scoring pass was a 12-yard catch-and-run completion to wide receiver Allen Hurns, who evaded attempted tackles by inside linebacker Devin Bush, inside linebacker Mark Barron, cornerback Steven Nelson and safety Terrell Edmunds on the way to the end zone.
The Steelers got on the board with 2:45 left in the first half on a 42-yard field goal by kicker Chris Boswell.
The scoring drive covered 70 yards over 12 plays, including a Rudolph pass to wide receiver Diontae Johnson that went for 12 yards on third-and-11 from the Steelers’ 5, and a 34-yard gain to Smith-Schuster on third-and-5 from the Steelers’ 45.
A Dolphins’ turnover gave the Steelers a chance to get closer prior to halftime, and the Steelers took full advantage.
Fitzpatrick’s pass for tight end Nick O’Leary on second-and-6 from the Miami 44 with 1:22 left in the second quarter bounced off O’Leary and was intercepted by Minkah Fitzpatrick. His 6-yard return set the Steelers up at the 50 with 1:13 left before the break.
Rudolph found Johnson for a 45-yard score on third-and-20 from the Miami 45 that brought the Steelers to within 14-10 with 17 seconds remaining in the half. Johnson caught the ball 2 yards past the line of scrimmage and covered the last 43 yards on the ground.
Game action photos from the Steelers' Week 8 game against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field