What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. Minnesota

The highs and lows of the Steelers regular season Week 2 game vs. the Minnesota Vikings.


1:00 p.m. ET - Kickoff**

1:05 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Steelers convert the first third down situation of the game with a short pass to Xavier Grimble, but it's nullified by an illegal formation penalty on Antonio Brown that sets up a third-and-7. Then, Ben Roethlisberger's pass to Eli Rogers is incomplete, and the Steelers go three-and-out to open the game.

1:07 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Steelers opened the game with only two tight ends in uniform because of an injury to Vance McDonald, who was made inactive, and on the first play of the game, Jesse James appeared to injure an ankle.

1:18 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers initial first down of the game came on a fourth-and-1 conversion from their own 31-yard line on the second possession of the game. After the third down pass completion to Antonio Brown came up 1 yard short, Ben Roethlisberger hustled the offense back into formation at the line of scrimmage. Using a hard count, Roethlisberger got defensive end Brian Robison to jump offside.


1:25 p.m. ET - What went right:** The Steelers ended that possession with a 7-0 lead thanks to a 27-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Martavis Bryant. It was a nine-play drive that covered 78 yards, and six of the nine plays were runs. Le'Veon Bell carried five times for 10 yards, and James Conner carried once for nine. The Steelers had a 7-0 lead with 3:02 remaining in the first quarter.

1:37 p.m. ET - End of 1st Quarter: Steelers 7, Vikings 0

1:43 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers doubled their lead to 14-0 with 13:31 left in the second quarter on a 4-yard shovel pass from Ben Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster on a third-and-2 at the Vikings 4-yard line. The big play on the five-play 60-yard drive was a 49-yard pass interference penalty drawn by Martavis Bryant on Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes on a second-and-22. The touchdown was Smith-Schuster's first regular season NFL reception.

1:59 p.m. ET - What went right: Two good plays on the ball by Steelers defensive backs were a big part of a three-and-out by the Vikings midway through the second quarter. On second down, Mike Mitchell broke up a pass intended for Kyle Rudolph, and on third down Artie Burns got his hands on a ball that was intended for Adam Thielen.


2:05 p.m. ET - What went wrong:** Following his touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ben Roethlisberger missed on five straight pass attempts over two series and the Steelers punted both times.

2:26 p.m. ET - Halftime: Steelers 14, Vikings 3

2:28 p.m. ET - What went right: Some interesting statistics at halftime: Ben Roethlisberger was 9-of-18 for 81 yards, with two touchdowns, and no interceptions; Le'Veon Bell had 49 yards rushing on 13 carries; Cam Heyward had six tackles; the Steelers were 2-for-7 on third downs, and 2-for-2 in the red zone; the Steelers were penalized five times for 30 yards, and the Vikings were penalized four times for 86 yards. The most important statistic of all: the Steelers led, 14-3.

2:35 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On the opening kickoff of the second half, Rosie Nix was offside on the play that ended in a touchback. But because of the penalty, the Vikings started at the 30-yard line.

2:39 p.m. ET - What went right: It was fourth-and-4 for the Vikings at their own 36-yard line. From punt formation, punter Ryan Quigley attempted a pass to tight end Blake Bell. Tyler Matakevich broke up the pass, and the Steelers took over on downs.


Game action photos from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

2:50 p.m. ET - What went right:** Unable to move the ball after the failed fake punt by the Vikings, Chris Boswell missed a 51-yard field goal attempt, but the play was nullified by a penalty on the Vikings for illegally lining up over the long-snapper. On the re-kick, Boswell was successful from 46 yards, and the Steelers led, 17-3, with 12:19 left in the third quarter.

2:56 p.m. ET - What went wrong: After the Steelers took a 17-3 lead, the Vikings responded with a six-play, 82-yard touchdown drive during which Dalvin Cook carried twice for 35 yards. Case Keenum also completed 2-of-2 dor 25 yards, and the Vikings also benefitted from a 17-yard pass interference penalty on Artie Burns.

3:07 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers answered Minnesota's touchdown with a field goal drive that covered 74 yards in 10 plays and ended with Chris Boswell converted from 29 yards out. Martavis Bryant made two big catches on the drive, with the first for 13 yards to convert a third-and-12 from the Steelers 25-yard line. The second came on a free play generated by Tom Johnson jumping offside, and Ben Roethlisberger capitalized by hitting Bryant deep down the sideline for a 51-yard gain. The Steelers led, 20-9, midway through the third period.

3:21 p.m. ET - End of 3rd Quarter: Steelers 20, Vikings 9

3:39 p.m. ET - What went wrong: It was a two-play sequence that can end up being the kind of thing that costs a team a game. On fourth-and-2 at the Vikings 29-yard line, the Steelers offense hustled to the line of scrimmage to try to entice the Minnesota defense into making a mistake. When that failed, the Steelers were forced to call a timeout, but it was their third and final one of the half. Then on the ensuing field goal attempt, long-snapper Kameron Canaday was flagged for an illegal snap, and the Steelers missed out on a field goal attempt.

3:42 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers answered Minnesota's touchdown with a After Jordan Berry's punt was downed at the Minnesota 1-yard line, the Steelers defense allowed one first down, but the Vikings then were forced to punt from their own 18-yard line. The punt by Ryan Quigley traveled 55 yards, and then a holding penalty on Anthony Chickillo had the Steelers starting from their own 17-yard line.

4:13 p.m. ET - Final Score: Steelers 26, Vikings 9

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