What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong at Miami

The highs and lows of the Steelers Week 6 game at the Miami Dolphins.

What went right

  • One area that has been a consistent performer for the Steelers so far has been their punt team, but that unit's first effort against the Dolphins wasn't up to par. Jordan Berry's kick traveled only 38 yards, and after Jarvis Landry's 11-yard return the net was just 27 yards and the Dolphins took possession at their own 35-yard line.
  • On the play after two defensive penalties on the Dolphins allowed the Steelers to convert a third down, a reverse to Darrius Heyward-Bey went 60 yards for a touchdown, with the key being the point where Heyward-Bey ran over Miami safety Reshad Jones. After the touchdown, the Steelers went for a 2-point conversion for just the second time this season, and Ben Roethlisberger's pass to Le'Veon Bell gave the Steelers an 8-3 lead with 5:39 left in the first quarter.
  • After the defensive breakdown that allowed the Dolphins to a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line, the Steelers defense rose up and forced another field goal. A penalty on the Dolphins for an illegal formation, and then a tackle in the backfield by William Gay pushed the Dolphins back, and then Ryan Tannehill had a pass dropped by Dion Sims in the end zone on third down. The field goal cut the Steelers lead to 8-6 with 8:21 left in the second quarter.
  • The Dolphins took the second half kickoff and moved into position for another red zone field goal, only to have the kick blocked by Dan McCullers. When the Steelers took over at their 19-yard line with 9:01 left in the third quarter, Ben Roethlisberger had returned and was at quarterback.


Game action from Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins.

What went wrong**

  • It ended ith the Dolphins kicking a red zone field goal, but along the way, Jay Ajayi carried three times for 25 yards, and Jarvis Landry caught a short pass and turned it into a 22-yard gain. Still, after a 30-yard field goal, the Dolphins took a 3-0 lead with 8:34 remaining in the first period.
  • On the kickoff following their short field goal, the Dolphins did what 1-4 teams are likely to do – tried at gadget play. In this case it was an onside kick, but Tyler Matakevich alertly recovered for the Steelers close to midfield. But referee Ed Hochuli ruled that since the officials weren't ready, it was an illegal procedure penalty and the Dolphins got a do-over after a 5-yard penalty. The subsequent kick went into the end zone but the Steelers lost almost 25 yards of field position.
  • On second-and-9 from the Miami 26-yard line on the possession following the Steelers' first touchdown, Ryan Tannehill threw to Kenny Still, only to have Will Gay cut in front of him for a clear shot at an interception. Gay dropped the ball.
  • It was a third down at the Miami 29-yard line, and the pass play called for Jesse James to block Cameron Wake. A classic mismatch, and Wake sacked Ben Roethlisberger and the resulting 9-yard loss pushed the Steelers out of field goal range.
  • Dan McCullers didn't finish the pass rush, and somebody lost track of tight end MarQueis Gray, and the result was a 53-yard pass play that gave the Dolphins a first down at the Steelers 1-yard line. McCullers drove the offensive lineman back into the backfield, but he didn't get his hands on Ryan Tannehill when he got to the quarterback. Tannehill escaped to the left and found Gary behind the coverage for the big play.
  • On the first offensive play after Miami's second field goal, Ben Roethlisberger rolled to his right and his attempted pass to Sammie Coates was intercepted by Reshad Jones and returned to the Pittsburgh 13-yard line. Worst of all, Roethlisberger seemed to injure himself and walked to the locker room with Dr. Jim Bradley with eight minutes left in the first half.
  • On a third-and-7 from the Steelers 41-yard line, Jarvis Landry was left uncovered and caught a 39-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill that set up the Dolphins for what turned out to a touchdown run by Damien Williams two plays later. The Dolphins took a 16-8 lead into the locker room at halftime.
  • Roethlisberger's second interception of the day came on a third-and-12 when he was trying to get the ball to Sammie Coates. The ball was thrown into coverage, and Isa Abdul-Quddus made the interception to give the ball to the Dolphins at the Miami 48-yard line with 5:01 left in the third quarter.
  • The Dolphins immediately went to work to try to take advantage of their second takeaway. Jay Ajayi ran 33 yards around the Steelers right side on the first play after the interception, and then on third-and-7 Ryan Tannehill converted with an 11-yard pass to DeVante Parker. Two plays later, Ajayi plunged into the end zone for a touchdown that upped the Dolphins lead to 23-8 with 1:39 left in the third quarter.
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