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What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong at Philadelphia

The highs and lows of the Steelers preseason matchup vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

7:00 p.m. ET - Kickoff

7:09 p.m. ET - What went wrong: After an 8-yard run by James Conner on the first offensive snap, the Steelers first series was ruined when Fletcher Cox beat David DeCastro and sacked Landry Jones for a 9-yard loss. A screen pass to Conner on third down gained 9 yards and the Steelers had to punt.

7:15 p.m. ET - What went right: On the first third-down situation of the preseason, Coty Sensabaugh intercepted a Nate Sudfeld pass intended for wide receiver Greg Ward and returned it 7 yards to give the Steelers the ball at the Philadelphia 37-yard line.

7:22 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Steelers offense was unable to take advantage of the takeaway, again because of a sack, this one by Malcolm Jenkins, who came on a blitz and defeated an attempted block by James Conner to sack Landry Jones. But Jordan Berry punted 43 yards, and Marcus Tucker downed the ball at the Eagles 2-yard line.

7:27 p.m. ET - What went right: The Eagles possession began with a 22-yard run by Jay Ajayi who ran through four tackles before Sean Davis finally got him on the ground. But with the Eagles facing a second-and-10 at the Pittsburgh 39-yard line, Mike Hilton dropped Ajayi for a 4-yard loss, and then on third down, Morgan Burnett and Jon Bostic combined on a tackle that ended with a 2-yard loss on another Ajayi run. The Eagles punted.

7:30 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers took a 7-0 lead when, on a second-and-8 from their own 29-yard line, Landry Jones drew Eagles defensive tackle Elijah Qualls offside with a hard count, and then put up a rainbow down the left sideline that JuJu Smith-Schuster went up to get over cornerback Rasul Douglas and turned it into the team’s first score of the preseason. There was 4:02 left in the first quarter when Chris Boswell converted the PAT.

7:38 p.m. ET - End of 1st Quarter: Steelers 7, Eagles 0

7:43 p.m. ET - What went right: The Eagles offensive possession after Smith-Schuster’s touchdown stalled after crossing midfield when, on a second-and-7 from the Pittsburgh 45-yard line, Farrington Huguenin dropped Corey Clement for a 3-yard loss after a short reception. Then on third down, a screen pass to running back Wendell Smallwood ended up as a 3-yard loss thanks to a nice play by Javon Hargrave.

7:56 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Eagles took the lead with 10:26 remaining in the first half on a play that began as a second-and-8 from the Steelers 15-yard line. On the scoring play, quarterback Nate Sudfeld first escaped what looked to be a certain sack by Tyler Matakevich and then threw to an open Dallas Goedert in the end zone. The drive was expended when, on a third-and-5 from the Pittsburgh 22-yard line, Sudfeld threw a pass in the flat to running back Corey Clement. Coty Sensabaugh missed a tackle that allowed Clement to get the yards for the first down. After a penalty on the Steelers for lining up over the long-snapper on the PAT, the Eagles elected to accept the penalty and go for a two-point conversion. Clement took the handoff and powered into the end zone.

8:12 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers regained the lead, 15-8, thanks to a 3-yard run by Fitz Toussaint for the touchdown and a 2-point conversion run by Toussaint with 4:21 remaining in the first half. But the Steelers also benefitted from two key penalties on the Eagles – a 15-yard leading with the helmet penalty on a third-and-4 from the Steelers 31-yard line, and then a roughing the passer penalty on Josh Sweat on a third-and-4 from the Eagles 4-yard line.

8:15 p.m. ET - What went right: On Philadephia’s second offensive play following the Steelers touchdown, Cam Sutton recorded the Steelers second interception of the game. Nate Sudfeld attempted to get the ball wide receiver Bryce Treggs, and Sutton was in the right spot to intercept the off-target attempt, and he returned the ball 13 yards to the Eagles 35-yard line.

8:16 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On the play right after Cam Sutton’s interception, the Steelers gave the ball right back. Josh Dobbs attempted a deep across-the-field pass to Damoun Patterson, who didn’t come back to the ball and it was intercepted by cornerback Rasul Douglas at the 13-yard line. His 5-yard return gave Philadelphia the ball back at its 18-yard line.

8:22 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On the ensuing Eagles possession, on a second-and-4 from their own 37-yard line, wide receiver Shelton Gibson ran past cornerback Dashaun Phillips and Sudfeld hit him in stride to complete a 63-yard touchdown play the cut the Steelers lead to 15-14. And that lead held when the Eagles failed to run the ball in for the two-point conversion.

8:30 p.m. ET - What went right: A nine-play, 75-yard drive in 1:40 allowed the Steelers to extend their lead to 22-14 at halftime, and several players made important contributions along the way. One of those was running back Stevan Ridley, who slipped out of a tackle in the backfield and gained the necessary yardage to convert a third-and-1 from the Pittsburgh 24-yard line. Ridley also made two big plays in the passing game – he chipped a pass rusher and then slipped into the flat to catch a 13-yard pass, and then a couple of plays later, he caught a pass in the flat, broke a tackle and turned it into a 17-yard gain to the Eagles 29-yard line. Then Josh Dobbs threw it high and hard down the seam, and Damoun Patterson went high to make the catch in the end zone and then get two feet inbounds to complete the play for the touchdown. Chris Boswell’s PAT made it 22-14.

8:32 p.m. ET - Halftime: Steelers 22, Eagles 14

8:51 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers defense notched its third takeaway on the opening possession of the second half. Ola Adeniyi beat his man with an outside rush and stripped the ball from quarterback Joe Callahan. Keion Adams recovered for the Steelers at the Philadelphia 16-yard line. Three plays later, Chris Boswell kicked a field goal to extend the Steelers lead to 25-14 with 11:59 left in the third quarter.

9:26 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers extended their lead to 28-14 via a 41-yard field goal by Chris Boswell with 1:07 remaining in the third quarter, and it was made possible by the Oklahoma State connection combining for another big play. On a third-and-8 from the Steelers 41-yard line, Mason Rudolph threw the ball up deep down the right sideline, and Washington went up to make the grab for a 35-yard gain.

9:31 p.m. ET - End of 3rd Quarter: Steelers 28, Eagles 14

9:41 p.m. ET - What went right: A 38-yard field goal by Boswell made it 31-14 Steelers with 8:54 remaining in the fourth quarter. On the nine-play, 36-yard drive, Damoun Patterson caught two passes for 29 yards.

10:08 p.m. ET - Final Score: Steelers 31, Eagles 14

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