What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. Eagles

COIN TOSS: Eagles call tails. It's heads. Steelers win the toss and defer.

1:06 p.m. – What Went Right: Vince Williams stuffed Miles Sanders for a 2-yard loss, and Carson Wentz escaped the pressure to gain 2 yards on second down. But the pressure was coming again on third down, and when Wentz tried to escape to his right, T.J. Watt made the sack for a loss of 8 yards. Following the punt, the Steelers began their first series on their 46-yard line.

1:14 p.m. – What Went Wrong: An inauspicious beginning for the Steelers offense, and that's being kind. Ben Roethlisberger converted a third-and-4 with a 4-yard completion to Eric Ebron, but then things fell apart quickly after that. James Conner gained 1 yards on the next play, but Fletcher Cox and Derek Barnett shared a sack of Roethlisberger that lost 8 yards, and then a quick pass to Diontae Johnson on third down lost 2 more yards.

1:36 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers took a 7-0 lead with 1:04 remaining in the first quarter on the strength of a 14-play, 62-yard drive that was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Chase Claypool, who went in motion and took a handoff from Ben Roethlisberger before sweeping in from the left side. Roethlisberger converted one third down with a short pass to Claypool, then another with a 12-yard pass to James Washington, and a 3-yard run by Claypool converted a third. A defensive pass interference penalty on Darius Slay got the Steelers out of a hole created by a holding penalty on Chuks Okorafor. A roughing penalty on Derek Barnett moved the ball to the 1-yard line, and two plays later, Claypool scored.

1:41 p.m. – What Went Wrong: It took the Eagles just three plays and 57 seconds to tie the game. On third-and-9 from the Philadelphia 26-yard line, Mike Sanders went 74 yards on a draw play to tie the game. Mike Hilton missed a tackle close to the line of scrimmage, and Sanders found a seam and out-ran everybody else for the touchdown. It was 7-7 with seven seconds left in the first quarter.

1:51 p.m. – What Went Right: Another Chase Claypool touchdown, this one a 32-yard reception with 11:49 remaining in the first half, restored the Steelers lead to 14-7 and capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive. Ben Roethlisberger converted a third-and-11 at the start of the drive with a 15-yard pass to Claypool, and then James Conner followed with a 25-yard run. On third-and-6, Claypool caught a pass over the middle and raced into the end zone for the touchdown.

2:04 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Miles Sanders scored his second touchdown of the afternoon, this time from 1-yard out, to pull the Eagles to a 14-14 tie with 6:17 left in the first half. The drive covered 76 yards in 10 plays, with the key play being a third-and-3 from the Philadelphia 45-yard line. Bud Dupree had Carson Wentz dead to rights but couldn't complete the sack, and then after Went completed a 9-yard pass to Travis Fulgham for the first down, Vince Williams was flagged for roughing Wentz to add 15 more yards to the play.

2:19 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The first play after the two-minute warning was a 41-yard field goal by Chris Boswell that gave the Steelers a 17-14 lead, but the drive looked like it was going to yield more than that. The Steelers had converted a third-and-5 with a 12-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster to the Eagles 12-yard line, but the play was nullified when Kevin Dotson was flagged for being illegally downfield. The Steelers were unable to convert after the penalty, and Boswell came on for the field goal.

2:31 – What Went Right: A common refrain in football is for a team that didn't get the job done to claim it just ran out of time. In this case, that's exactly what happened to the Eagles. A 37-yard completion from Carson Wentz to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside put the ball at the Steelers 12-yard line, but the clock ran out before the Eagles, who were out of timeouts, could line up to spike the ball or run another play. The Steelers left the field with a 17-14 halftime lead.

2:53 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers extended their lead by taking the second half kickoff and marching 75 yards for a touchdown that came on a 5-yard pass to Chase Claypool. Ben Roethlisberger hooked up with Eric Ebron to convert a third-and-5 early in the possession, and the next play was an end-around that Ray-Ray McCloud took 58 yards to the Eagles 5-yard line. Vance McDonald threw the block on Darius Slay that got McCloud into the secondary and his speed did the rest.

3:02 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense came up with a takeaway on the second play of the Eagles' ensuing possession, and four plays after that James Conner was in the end zone and their lead was 31-14 with 10:32 left in the third quarter. After Stephon Tuitt batted a Carson Wentz pass on first down, Steven Nelson made a diving interception on the next play, and his short return gave the offense the ball at the Eagles 23-yard line. An 11-yard pass interference penalty on Jalen Mills put the ball at the 1-yard line, and Conner took over from there.

3:12 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Eagles again responded to a Steelers touchdown with one of their own, and it was one where the Steelers defense first had to let them off the hook. On third-and-12 from the Philadelphia 23-yard line, Carson Wentz threw a pretty pass down the middle of the field and Travis Fulgham took advantage of a size mismatch with Mike Hilton to make the catch for a 31-yard gain. Two plays later, a bad pass interference call on Joe Haden handed the Eagles another 26 yards to put the ball on the Pittsburgh 16-yard line. A couple of plays later, Wentz found Greg Ward on a crossing route in the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown. A Wentz pass to John Hightower was good for the 2-point conversion, and the Steelers lead had been sliced to 31-22.

3:38 p.m. – What Went Wrong: If the idea was to boost Travis Fulgham's candidacy for the Pro Bowl, the Steelers defense was doing a nice job. At the end of a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that consumed 5:27 of the clock, Fulgham caught four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown, and when the Eagles had kicked the extra point to cut the Steelers lead to 31-29 with 11:27 left in the fourth quarter, Fulgham had 10 receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown.

3:50 p.m. – What Went Wrong: By this point, nothing was going right for the Steelers. Starting at their 24-yard line following the kickoff, the Steelers moved to a first down on the Eagles 45-yard line after an 11-yard completion to Chase Claypool. After a holding call on Kevin Dotson and an 8-yard run by Benny Snell, it appeared Roethlisberger and Claypool had hooked up on another big play, but the rookie was flagged for offensive interference. Two plays later, Eric Ebron fumbled after a short completion and Cre'Von LeBlanc's recovery gave the Eagles the ball at their 45-yard line.

3:57 p.m. – What Went Right: On a third-and-5 from the Steelers 39-yard line, Joe Haden broke up a pass intended for Travis Fulgham, and Jake Elliott's subsequent 57-yard field goal attempt was wide right.

4:07 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers extended their lead to 38-29 with 2:59 remaining in the fourth quarter when the offense responded to the missed field and the field position that provided with a four-play, 52-yard drive that ended with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Chase Claypool that converted a third-and-8.

4:12 p.m. – What Went Right: The Eagles ensuing possession began with a 10-yard sack by Bud Dupree, and after two incomplete passes, a desperation bomb by Carson Wentz was intercepted by Steven Nelson at the Steelers 25-yard line with 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.

FINAL SCORE: Steelers 38, Eagles 29