What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. Rams

COIN TOSS: Rams win the toss and defer. Steelers get the ball first.

4:28 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers got the ball first, and Mason Rudolph attempted passes on each of the first two plays. His first attempt was to Nick Vannett and was incomplete, but linebacker Troy Reeder was penalized 15 yards for a helmet-to-helmet hit. Rudolph’s second attempt was overthrown for Vance McDonald, and the third play never had a chance because Maurkice Pouncey’s shotgun snap went over Rudolph’s head and was recovered by Dante Fowler and returned 25 yards for a Rams touchdown that gave the visitor’s a 7-0 lead with 14:46 left in the first quarter.

4:43 p.m. – What Went Right: The Rams’ first offensive series netted one first down before having to punt. The big play was a backwards pass intended for Todd Gurley that was overthrown and bounced out of bounds for a 9-yard loss. Two plays later, the Rams punted.

5:09 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers tied the game with an 82-yard drive that was capped by a back-shoulder, 3-yard touchdown pass from Mason Rudolph to James Washington with 34 seconds left in the first quarter. The drive began with a 20-yard completion to JuJu Smith-Schuster, a 30-yard pass to Diontae Johnson, and a 19-yard pass interference penalty on Jalen Ramsey.

5:17 p.m. – What Went Right: The Rams possession following the Steelers’ first touchdown was a three-and-out that ended with a sack of Jared Goff that was shared by T.J. Watt and Cam Heyward. Watt got there first and grabbed Goff’s throwing arm, and then Heyward came in and got Goff on the ground.

5:49 p.m. – What Went Right: The Rams took possession at their 29-yard line after a Steelers punt, but they were forced into a punting situation when T.J. Watt again was in on a sack of Jared Goff, but this one he got himself. After the punt, the Steelers took possession at their 31-yard line with 2:31 left in the first half.

5:51 p.m. – What Went Wrong: After the punt, the Steelers quickly moved into Rams territory, thanks to another Mason Rudolph completion to James Washington. This one went for 34 yards, but Nickell Robey-Coleman stripped the ball loose, and Cory Littleton recovered at the Rams 38-yard line with 2:31 left in the first half.

5:56 p.m. – What Went Right: On the third play after the Rams’ fumble recovery, the Steelers defense responded with a takeaway of its own, and Minkah Fitzpatrick ended up with the ball in the end zone again. On third down, Javon Hargrave got into the backfield and knocked the ball out of Jared Goff’s hands. Hargrave was credited for a strip-sack, and the ball bounced forward where Fitzpatrick scooped it up and ran 43 yards for the touchdown that gave the Steelers a 14-7 lead.

6:12 p.m. – What Went Right: An 18-yard punt return by JoJo Natson got the Rams started at their 34-yard line with 57 seconds left in the first half. Eventually, the Rams faced a third-and-20 from their 49-yard line. Jared Goff threw a short pass to Robert Woods, who ran 13 yards to get Greg Zuerlein into position at attempt a 56-yard field goal with three seconds remaining. The kick was wide left, and the Steelers had a 14-7 lead at halftime.

HALFTIME: Steelers 14, Rams 7

6:30 p.m. – What Went Right: Another takeaway by the Steelers defense, and it was another interception, this time by Joe Haden. Jared Goff tried to go deep down the right sideline to Tyler Higbee, and Haden was waiting there to make the interception at the Steelers 25-yard line.

6:43 p.m. – What Went Right: The Rams were facing a fourth-and-1 at their 29-yard line. They sent out their punt team, but Johnny Hekker moved up to take a shotgun snap and the Rams attempted to go for the first down. Trying to throw the ball, Hekker as hit by Jordan Dangerfield, and the ball fluttered into the air where Trey Edmunds intercepted at the Rams 31-yard line with 7:46 left in the third quarter.

6:59 p.m. – What Went Right: The Rams turned to their running attack on an 11-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal that cut their deficit to 14-10 with 11 seconds left in the third quarter. On a third-and-8 from the Pittsburgh 12-yard line, Minkah Fitzpatrick broke up Jared Goff’s pass and the Rams settled for a red zone field goal.

7:15 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The first bad thing to happen was Ryan Switzer elected to field a 56-yard Johnny Hekker punt at the 6-yard line, and then he lost 1 yard on the return. Then on the first offensive play, the Steelers ran a play-action pass in which Aaron Donald was in the backfield instantly and sacked Mason Rudolph for a safety. The Steelers lead was cut to 14-12 with 12:40 left in the fourth quarter.

7:33 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers extended their lead to 17-12 with 2:46 remaining in the fourth quarter when Chris Boswell capped a 14-play, 60-yard drive with a 33-yard field goal. Mason Rudolph completed a 6-yard pass to Trey Edmunds to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Pittsburgh 34-yard line, and he also completed passes of 9 and 19 yards to James Washington, and 9 yards to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

7:45 p.m. – What Went Right: After a 30-yard kickoff return, the Rams moved to a first-and-10 at the Steelers 40-yard line at the two-minute warning. The Rams got another first down on a 10-yard pass to Josh Reynolds, and then the Steelers defense stiffened. Jared Goff threw incomplete on first and second downs, and then on third down Cam Heyward batted the pass down at the line of scrimmage. On fourth-and-10, Goff’s pass into the end zone was broken up by Terrell Edmunds.

7:55 p.m. – What Went Right: The Rams got the ball back one more time, and the Steelers defense would take the ball away one more time. A sack by T.J. Watt on first down from the Rams 40-yard line put the Los Angeles offense behind the chains, and then after a pass interference call on Mike Hilton was good for a Rams first down, Jared Goff threw at Joe Haden one time too many. Haden got a hand on the ball to deflect it into the air, and Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted to ice the outcome for the Steelers.

FINAL SCORE: Steelers 17, Rams 12

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