Postgame Takes

Xtra Points: No excuses, first TD & more

Off day: Ben Roethlisberger had a rough day at the office in a 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins, suffering a knee injury before halftime that sent him to the locker room and appeared to have a significant impact on him when he returned to action in the second half, even if he won't point at it as an issue.

Game action from Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins.

"We don't make excuses," said Roethlisberger. "We are all out there playing through pain and won't make excuses."

Roethlisberger completed just 19 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown, and threw two interceptions with a quarterback rating on the day of 57.1.

He said he didn't know the severity of the injury yet, but is hoping for the best.

"We don't know anything yet," said Roethlisberger. "Hopefully we'll know tonight. We'll just pray that it's not too serious."    

On the run: Dolphins' running back Jay Ajayi had a career day against the Steelers, rushing for 204 yards and two touchdowns against a defense that was ranked third against the run heading into the game. Ajayi is the first running back this year to rush for more than 100 yards against the Steelers this season.

"We didn't play well enough today," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "We didn't tackle well enough. When you don't tackle, when you turn the ball over, you are going to lose."

The Steelers were without several of their top defenders, including defensive end Cameron Heyward and linebacker Ryan Shazier, but Tomlin said that didn't have an impact.

"To be quite honest with you we had enough hats," said Tomlin. "That back ran hard, ran through tackles. We didn't tackle well enough. It wasn't a lack of manpower at the point of attack."

First time: Wide receiver Landry Jones was activated from the practice squad on Saturday, and scored his first NFL touchdown one day later. Hamilton, who was activated due to injuries at the position, had two receptions for 36 yards. Hamilton had a 23-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. 

Long run: Darrius Heyward-Bey gave the Steelers an early spark when he scored on a 60-yard run, turning on the afterburner and outrunning the defenders. It was his first rushing touchdown of his career, and his 16th touchdown of his career.

Heyward-Bey's 60-yard touchdown run was also the longest for the Steelers since 2005.

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