What went right, wrong vs. Titans

* Based on the Steelers' opening offensive possession, it was obvious the team wanted to get the running game untracked early. After Markus Wheaton's 32-yard return of the opening kickoff, Le'Veon Bell carried six straight times for 37 yards before Shaun Suisham hit a 49-yard field goal to give the Steelers a 3-0 lead. That marked only the second time in six road games this season the Steelers scored first in a game.

  • Unlike the Steelers, the Titans went to the air on their first offensive play. Zach Mettenberger threw an out-pattern that was behind Justin Hunter. William Gay intercepted and returned it 28 yards for the touchdown that gave the Steelers a 10-0 lead before the game was five minutes old.
  • Pressure by Brett Keisel forced Zach Mettenberger into a quick throw that fell incomplete on a third-and-1 and forced the Titans to punt on their opening possession of the third quarter.
  • Another pressure by Brett Keisel that included a hit on the quarterback had Zach Mettenberger rush his third-down throw to Kendall Wright and the ball fell incomplete. On the next play, the Titans punt traveled only 29 yards, and the Steelers got the ball at their own 35-yard line trailing, 24-20, with 13:03 remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • On the eight-play 65-yard drive that ended in a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown that gave the Steelers a 27-24 lead with 9:01 left in the fourth quarter, Le'Veon Bell carried three times for 20 yards and caught two passes for 18 more.

* The Steelers' 10-0 lead sure didn't last very long. The Titans answered the pick-six thrown by Zach Mettenberger with a five-play, 67-yard touchdown drive that took just 2:29 off the clock. Mettenberger was 2-for-2 on the drive, both to Kendall Wright, for 37 yards with 15 more tackled onto the first one because of a facemask penalty on Brice McCain.

  • On the kickoff following the Titans' first touchdown, Michael Palmer's holding penalty meant the Steelers started the possession on their own 9-yard line.
  • Settling for field goals. As part of an 85-yard drive, the Steelers reached a first-and-goal at the Tennessee 6-yard line. Two failed fade passes – one to Le'Veon Bell and one to Martavis Bryant – plus a Bell run that gained nothing led to a 23-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham and a 13-7 Steelers lead with 1:03 left in the first quarter.

The Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to face the Titans at LP Field.

  • A third-and-6 became a third-and-11 from the Pittsburgh 25-yard line because of a false start penalty on Marcus Gilbert.
  • Antonio Brown wasn't where Ben Roethlisberger expected him to be on a third-and-7 from the Tennessee 17-yard line, and what resulted was an interception in the end zone by Jason McCourty.
  • On the very next snap, William Gay bit hard on a double-move by Nate Washington, and Zach Mettenberger found him in stride 15 yards behind the secondary for an 80-yard touchdown that gave the Titans a 17-13 lead at halftime.
  • Killing momentum and putting the offense in a hole. That's what an illegal block in the back penalty on Arthur Moats did to nullify a 30-yard punt return by Antonio Brown and put the Steelers offense at the Pittsburgh 24-yard line instead of at midfield to start its first possession of the second half.
  • Sacks on back-to-back plays early in the third quarter gave the Titans five on the night.
  • That's how you go up and get the football in the end zone. On a third-and-goal from the Pittsburgh 4-yard line, Chase Coffman went up between Antwon Blake and Mike Mitchell in the back of the end zone to come down with the pass that upped the Titans lead to 24-13 with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter.
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