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Three in a row

It was just a preseason game, but the opportunity to host fans again at Heinz Field was still one the Steelers embraced.

Wide receiver Diontae Johnson spent some time during tonight's pregame warmup posing for pictures with fans standing in one of the roped-off areas on the playing surface.

Outside linebacker T.J. Watt signed a few autographs for those seated in the first row or two.

There was even a frisbee dogs exhibition prior to kickoff, which received the approval of many in attendance.

The cheers kept coming with regularity thereafter as the Steelers improved to 3-0 on the preseason with a 26-20 victory over the Lions.

The particulars:


THE SCORE: Steelers 7, Lions 0

THE DRIVE: The Steelers marched 82 yards on nine plays in 5:02 for the game's first touchdown on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to tight end Pat Freiermuth. Kicker Chris Boswell converted the extra point with 6:12 left in the opening quarter.

THE BIG PLAY: Roethlisberger hit Johnson for 43 yards on third-and-3 from the Steelers' 25-yard line.

NOTABLE: Christian Kuntz was the long-snapper and punter Pressley Harvin III the holder on Boswell's extra point (that snap-hold tandem stayed together throughout the first half).

THE SCORE: Steelers 14, Lions 0

THE DRIVE: The Steelers went 58 yards on four plays in 2:15 and found the end zone for the second time on an 8-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Freiermuth. Boswell converted with 2:54 left in the quarter.

THE BIG PLAY: Roethlisberger hit RB Najee Harris with a short pass on first-and-10 from the Steelers' 42, Harris beat linebacker Jahlani Tavai and outside linebacker Austin Bryant to the sideline and then headed up the field on what became a 46-yard gain to the Lions' 12.

NOTABLE: Dan Moore Jr. replaced right tackle Zach Banner on the series, which featured the rest of the starting offensive line.


THE SCORE: Steelers 17, Lions 0

THE DRIVE: The Steelers covered 55 yards on 10 plays in 5:31 and upped their lead to 17 with 11:26 remaining in the first half a 35-yard field goal from Boswell.

THE BIG PLAY: Quarterback Mason Rudolph connected with tight end Eric Ebron for 14 yards on third-and-4 from the Steelers' 37.

NOTABLE: The drive was the first of the night directed by Rudolph. The Steelers hadn't scored on his six previous possessions over the first two preseason games.

THE SCORE: Steelers 20, Lions 0

THE DRIVE: The Steelers traveled 93 yards on 14 plays in 5:38 for a 23-yard field goal by Boswell with nine seconds left before the break.

THE BIG PLAY: Rudolph hit wide receiver JuJu Smith Schuster with a short pass on fourth-and-1 from the Lions' 45 just inside the two-minute warning, and Smith-Schuster broke an attempted tackle by safety C.J. Moore on what became a 17-yard gain.

NOTABLE: Running back Anthony McFarland Jr. picked up blitzing linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin on a third-and-goal pass from Rudolph to Freiermuth that fell incomplete.


THE SCORE: Steelers 23, Lions 0

THE DRIVE: The Steelers went 42 yards on 10 plays in 5:25 for a 24-yard field goal by Boswell.

THE BIG PLAY: Wide receiver Mathew Sexton provided a short field for the offense with a 47-yard punt return to the Lions' 47.

NOTABLE: Kam Canaday snapped and punter Jordan Berry held for Boswell this time.

Game action photos from the Week 2 preseason game vs. the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field


THE SCORE: Steelers 23, Lions 6

THE DRIVE: The Lions put together 14 plays that covered 82 yards in 7:47 and got onto the scoreboard on a 7-yard touchdown run by running back Godwin Igwebuike with 14:56 left in the game (Detroit's attempt at a two-point conversion failed on an incomplete pass).

THE BIG PLAY: The Lions converted a fourth-and-1 from the Steelers' 37 on a 3-yard run by Igwebuike.

NOTABLE: Shakur Brown worked at nickel-cornerback on the defensive series for the Steelers, who began the game with Cam Sutton playing the nickel position and then tried Arthur Maulet there briefly before going back to Sutton (Maulet was knocked out of the game by an ankle injury late in the first quarter. Cornerback Antoine Brooks Jr., who played nickel in the preseason opener against Dallas, missed his second consecutive game.

THE SCORE: Steelers 26, Lions 6

THE DRIVE: The Steelers went 51 yards on 12 plays in 5:34 for a 42-yard field goal by Boswell (Canaday snapped, Berry held).

THE BIG PLAY: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins hit wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud on a screen that gained 30 yards to the Lions' 16.

NOTABLE: Wide receiver Cody White got a piece of safety Jalen Elliott and safety Bobby price on the wide receiver-screen to McCloud.

THE SCORE: Steelers 26, Lions 13

THE DRIVE: The Lions drove 83 yards on 10 plays in 6:11 for a touchdown on a 10-yard pass from quarterback David Blough to wide receiver Javon McKinley. Kicker Randy Bullock added the extra point with 3:11 left in the quarter.

THE BIG PLAY: The possession was extended when Brown was called for illegal hands to the face on third-and-6 from the Steelers' 19 (Blough's pass was incomplete).

NOTABLE: The third down that resulted in a first down by penalty was the only one the Lions confronted on the scoring drive.

THE SCORE: Steelers 26, Lions 20

THE DRIVE: The Lions covered 54 yards on seven plays in 1:15 on a 3-yard touchdown run by running back Craig Reynolds (kicker Zane Gonzalez converted).

THE BIG PLAY: The Lions recovered an onside kick following the McKinley touchdown and took possession at the Detroit 46.

NOTABLE: The Lions didn't attempt an onside kick after pulling to within six with 1:54 remaining. The Steelers took over and ran out the clock.