The Pittsburgh Steelers have never won against the Chicago Bears with Mike Tomlin at the helm.
The trend continued on Sunday, as the Steelers traveled to Soldier Field in Chicago. The final score was 23-17 in an overtime loss.
“You have to give credit to those guys,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “They did a great job today, particularly in running the football. That is unacceptable for us. We’ll absorb the negativity that comes with that. You’ve got to stop the run. They utilized those two backs and really did a nice job.”
Chicago dominated the game in the first half, with running back Jordan Howard scoring the opening touchdown in the first quarter. Howard finished the game with 23 carries and 138 yards.
Quarterback Mike Glennon found Adam Shaheen, a tight end, for a second-quarter touchdown. The touchdown reception was the only catch in the entire game.
Connor Barth, who missed one field goal, converted a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter.
The only score from the Steelers in the first half came from Antonio Brown in the first quarter, on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Brown finished the game with 110 yards on 10 receptions.
Roethlisberger finished the game with one touchdown, no interceptions and 235 yards on 22 completed passes.
“I need to play better football,” Roethlisberger said. “I will take this game on me. I did not play well enough.”
The second half was mainly the work of the Steelers.
Le’Veon Bell rushed one yard for a touchdown in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Chris Boswell, who also missed a field goal attempt, converted a 32-yard field goal.
In overtime, the only play that mattered was a 19-yard touchdown run from Howard.
Ryan Shazier led the Steelers defense with 11 tackles and two forced fumbles, while J.J. Wilcox sacked Glennon once.
The Steelers will face the Baltimore Ravens Sunday at 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.
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