What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong at Buffalo

The highs and lows of the Steelers Week 14 game vs. the Buffalo Bills.

1:00 p.m. ET - Kickoff


Game action from Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills.

1:11 p.m. ET - What went right:** The Bills won the coin toss and elected to defer, which meant the Steelers offense would take the field with a light snow falling and temperatures in the high-20s with a wind chill of 18-degrees. On a third-and-10 from the Pittsburgh 34-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger dumped the ball off to Le'Veon Bell, who caught it 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage. He seemed to be hemmed in and about to be tackled, before bouncing to the outside and taking it 32 yards to the Buffalo 34-yard line.

1:15 p.m. ET - What went wrong: It was still the opening possession – a second-and-5 from the Bills 15-yard line – when Ben Roethlisberger's pass for Ladarius Green was intercepted by OLB Lorenzo Alexander at the 12-yard line. Alexander's 28-yard return gave the Bills the ball at their own 40-yard line.

1:17 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers defense responded to the first-quarter turnover with a three-and-out. On first down, Stephon Tuitt and Sean Davis combined to sack Tyrod Taylor to put the Bills behind the chains. Taylor's third-down pass was badly overthrown, and the Bills punted. The Steelers started their second possession at their 29-yard line.


1:25 p.m. ET - What went right:** Within a span of a few plays in the first quarter, the Steelers made a big play in the passing game and then were granted new life when the Bills failed to make a big play on pass defense. First it was Ben Roethlisberger throwing a perfect pass deep down the right sideline for Antonio Brown, who made the catch and tapped both feet down for a 40-yard gain to the Buffalo 28-yard line. A couple of snaps later, Roethlisberger's pass to the end zone looked like it was going to be intercepted, but Ronald Darby and Corey White got in each other's way and the ball fell incomplete.

1:31 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Already with a 7-0 lead, the Steelers seemed to have doubled it when a Tyrod Taylor pass bounced off WR Robert Woods and into the hands of Will Gay, who returned it for a touchdown. But the play was nullified by a holding call on Bud Dupree, and the Bills got the ball back with a fresh set of downs on top of it.

1:36 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers' touchdown came on a 3-yard run by Le'Veon Bell on a third-down play, and at the time of that touchdown, Bell had 71 yards from scrimmage – 29 yards rushing on four carries (7.3 average), plus two catches for 42 more yards.


1:49 p.m. ET - What went right:** The Steelers extended their lead to 14-0 with 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter with a 10-play, 61-yard drive. On the drive, Ben Roethlisberger converted a fourth-and-1 with a 15-yard pass to David Johnson and then later he converted a third-and-1 with a 9-yard pass to Antonio Brown. The touchdown came on a 7-yard run by Le'Veon Bell, his second on the afternoon.

1:58 p.m. ET - What went wrong: With a 14-0 lead and just having received a Buffalo punt, what the Steelers absolutely could not have was a turnover. On second-and-10 from the Pittsburgh 25-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger's pass for Antonio Brown was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore and returned to the Steelers 7-yard line.

2:02 p.m. ET - What went wrong: After their second takeaway, the Bills ultimately faced a third-and-goal at the Steelers 8-yard line. Tyrod Taylor's pass was caught in the end zone by Sammy Watkins for the touchdown that halved the Steelers lead, to 14-7, with 7:07 remaining in the second quarter. The Bills had life.

2:19 p.m. ET - What went right: The Bills were facing a second-and-3 just before the two-minute warning. On the play, LeSean McCoy was stuffed for no gain by Ryan Shazier, and then on third down, Tyrod Taylor's pass over the middle for Robert Woods was dropped. The Bills punted.

2:26 p.m. ET - Halftime: Steelers 14, Bills 7

2:53 p.m. ET - What went right: Buffalo received the second-half kickoff and after converting one third down via a blatant push-off by WR Sammy Watkins to create space for him to make a catch on Stephon Tuitt, the Bills ran only three more plays before having to punt. On the second third-down situation of the possession, Stephon Tuitt batted Tyrod Taylor's pass down at the line of scrimmage.


3:08 p.m. ET - What went right:** The Steelers extended their lead to 21-7 with 5:28 remaining in the third quarter via a 10-play, 82-yard drive capped off by Le'Veon Bell's 5-yard touchdown run, his third of the game. On the drive, Bell carried nine times for 72 yards and the score, which was made easy by Rosie Nix's lead block on Stephon Gilmore. After the touchdown, Bell had 22 carries for 149 yards and three scores.

3:15 p.m. ET - What went right: It was a third-and-4 on Buffalo's possession immediately following Le'Veon Bell's third touchdown. Ross Cockrell came off the man he was covering and closed on TE Charles Clay to knock the ball away for the incomplete pass that forced the Bills to punt with 3:58 left in the third quarter.

3:24 p.m. ET - What went right: Chris Boswell made a 35-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter, but an offside penalty on the Bills gave the Steelers a first down at the Buffalo 10-yard line.

3:27 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Third-and-5 from the Buffalo 8-yard line, and instead of just giving the ball to Le'Veon Bell again, the Steelers attempted a pass, and Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted for the third time. The pass was intended for Jesse James, and LB Zach Brown made the interception in the end zone for a touchback.


3:30 p.m. ET - What went right:** On the play immediately following Zach Brown's interception of Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone early in the fourth quarter, Artie Burns returned the favor by intercepting Tyrod Taylor's pass that was intended for Marquise Goodwin.

3:44 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Bills needed chunk plays to even think about mounting a comeback, and the Steelers cooperated too willingly. On a third-and-9 from the Buffalo 19-yard line, LeSean McCoy took a short pass and turned it into a 41-yard gain. Two plays later, Taylor threw toward the sideline for tight end Charles Clay. Artie Burns went for the ball and missed, and then Sean Davis and Mike Mitchell collided and Clay completed the play for the touchdown that made the score, 24-13, with 7:27 remaining in the game. Dan Carpenter missed the extra point.

4:12 p.m. ET - Final Score: Steelers 27, Bills 20

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