The Pittsburgh Steelers are not giving up on the playoffs so easily. Opening up December football, the Steelers, who are neck-at-neck with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North, handed the New York Giants a 24-14 loss.
The Steelers posted their third win in a row on Sunday afternoon, previously beating the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts.
The Steelers had all types of points added on to the board, with different types of ways to score. The first points came from a safety, after Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers committed a penalty, enforcing a safety. Soon after, Randy Bullock stepped up for his first field goal at Heinz Field, as he is currently the relief man.
Kicker Chris Boswell is currently sidelined with an abdominal injury. Bullock made all three of his field goal attempts, going from 44, 34, and 38 yards.
The Steelers also had two touchdowns in the air. The first came off a 22-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to wide receiver Antonio Brown. The second came off a Roethlisberger 20-yard strike to tight end Ladarius Green. Roethlisberger finished the day with 289 yards in the air off 24/36 completed passes.
While he didn’t score a touchdown, running back Le’Veon Bell gave the Giants defense a headache all day. Bell produced 118 yards on the ground off 29 carries. In the air Bell caught six passes for 64 yards. However, Green was the man that led the offense in the air, recording 110 yards on six receptions.
As for the Giants, their chance to get on the board didn’t occur until the third quarter. Eli Manning found Rashad Jennings for a 13-yard touchdown pass. In the fourth quarter, Sterling Shepard found the end zone off a 1-yard pass from Manning.
Manning found two Steelers as well, as he threw interceptions to Sean Davis and Lawrence Timmons. Leading the Steelers defense in tackles was rookie Artie Burns, recording six tackles. James Harrison continues to add to his all-time leading sack record, as he found Manning. Ricardo Mathews also found Manning for a sack.
The Steelers will travel up north to face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Dec. 11, with kickoff commencing at 1 p.m. The Bills are currently 6-6 and the Steelers are 7-5.
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