Two teams that were on top of a powerful conference in the AFC are not starting the season with an easy task ahead of them. The Steelers began last season with an undefeated streak, and the Bills are a tough opponent.
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Date: Sept. 12, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
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Pittsburgh struggled early, but came out firing in the second half to come back and pull off the victory. While both defenses looked spectacular, the Steelers' defense forced enough turnovers to come up with the win. Pittsburgh rattled off 20-straight unanswered points during the comeback.
FINAL - Steelers pull off the comeback win by a final of 23-16.
4th Quarter 0:46 - Buffalo attempts onside kick, but Smith-Schuster recovers the ball to solidify the win.
4th Quarter 0:49 - Bills can't score a touchdown, settle for a 42-yard field goal (Bass) to bring the game within a touchdown. Buffalo trails 23-16.
4th Quarter 1:20 - Diggs catches a 13-yard pass from Allen to the Pittsburgh 24.
4th Quarter 2:00 - Allen links up with Sanders for 14 yards and a crucial first down as we enter the two-minute warning.
4th Quarter 2:19 - Buffalo has three-straight incomplete passes, bringing up a huge fourth qown.
4th Quarter 2:47 - Bills hold Pittsburgh to a 45-yard field goal (Boswell), keeping the game within reach as the Steelers still go up 23-13.
4th Quarter 3:08 - Roethlisberger connects with Claypool for 14 yards on third and long.
4th Quarter 4:46 - Smith-Schuster pulls in a 24-yard pass from Roethlisberger to move into Buffalo territory.
4th Quarter 5:36 - Bills can't find the end zone, settling for a 25-yard field goal (Bass) to make it 20-13.
4th Quarter 7:46 - Singletary breaks open another run for 25 yards to the Steelers' 10.
4th Quarter 8:15 - Singletary rushes for 15 yards to the Pittsburgh 35.
4th Quarter 9:18 - Allen links up with Diggs for 12 yards to the Bills' 44.
4th Quarter 9:45 - Haack's punt is blocked by Killebrew and recovered by Gilbert who runs into the end zone for a special teams score. Steelers take the lead 20-10 after scoring 20 unanswered points.
4th Quarter 10:31 - Allen is sacked on third down, forcing the Bills into a punt.
4th Quarter 11:19 - Roethlisberger connects with Johnson for a five-yard touchdown pass. Boswell knocks in the extra point, giving the Steelers a 13-10 lead.
4th Quarter 12:11 - Harris breaks out for an 18-yard run, bringing Pittsburgh within the 5 yard line.
4th Quarter 12:16 - Roethlisberger attempts a deep pass to Claypool on third down, but Wallace defending gets called for pass interference. This results in a 26-yard penalty and the Steelers earning a first down from the Buffalo 49.
4th Quarter 13:46 - Breida tackled for a seven yard loss resulting in a turnover on downs. Steelers take over at their own 48.
End of 3rd Quarter - Bills lead 10-6 as the game heads to the final 15 minutes. Both teams have looked solid to this point, but have struggled to find the end zone on a regular basis.
3rd Quarter 1:37 - Allen connects with Beasley for a 12-yard reception.
3rd Quarter 1:47 - Steelers can't punch it in for a touchdown, but convert on a 20-yard field goal (Boswell) to bring the score to 10-6.
3rd Quarter 3:45 - Claypool rushes for 25 yards, taking the Steelers to the goal line and in scoring position.
3rd Quarter 4:15 - Rookie tight end Freiermuth rips off a 24-yard catch from Roethlisberger, bringing the Steelers to the Buffalo 29.
3rd Quarter 5:53 - Pittsburgh defense comes up strong, forcing the Bills into a turnover on an incomplete pass on 4th down.
3rd Quarter 9:14 - Allen completes back-to-back nine-yard passes to Diggs and Sanders as Buffalo marches down the field.
3rd Quarter 10:26 - Buffalo defense holds Pittsburgh to a 24-yard field goal (Boswell) after a red zone stand. Steelers bring the game within one score at 10-3.
3rd Quarter 12:21 - Claypool with a beautiful 22-yard snag from Roethlisberger on the sideline for a first down.
3rd Quarter 13:06- Ebron pulls in a 19-yard strike from Roethlisberger, putting the Steelers in Bills territory.
3rd Quarter 14:59 - Harris rushes for nine yards up the middle, getting the second half off to a good start.
Halftime - Allen has done a little bit of everything, throwing for 152 yards and a touchdown while also leading the team in the run game with 26 rushing yards.
Halftime - Roethlisberger with a tough first half outing, going 6/12 for just 58 yards. Harris hasn't been able to get the offense on the ground either, as the rookie produced just eight yards on seven carries through the first two quarters.
Halftime - Bills head into the locker room with a 10-0 lead over the Steelers. Defense continues to be the difference in this one.
2nd Quarter 0:22 - Allen connects with Davis for a three-yard touchdown pass. Bills take the 10-0 lead after the successful extra point.
2nd Quarter 2:11 - Diggs catches an 11-yard pass from Allen, taking them into the red zone.
2nd Quarter 3:43 - Allen connects with Davis on a deep 37-yard pass into Pittsburgh territory.
2nd Quarter 6:00 - Steelers can't convert on the turnover, punting away after just four plays.
2nd Quarter 7:58 - Poyer sacks Roethlisberger for a 10-yard loss.
2nd Quarter 8:37 - Roethlisberger hits Smith-Schuster for 11 yards into Bills territory.
2nd Quarter 8:39 - Watt sacks Allen, who fumbles (ball recovered by the Steelers). They'll take over after the turnover at their own 45.
2nd Quarter 9:45 - Pittsburgh goes three-and-out, followed by a short 30-yard punt. Bills will have great field position at the Steelers' 35.
2nd Quarter 10:53 - After seven plays, the Buffalo drive ends and results in a punt.
2nd Quarter 13:30 - Allen connects with Sanders for 13 yards and a first down.
2nd Quarter 14:09 - Harvin punts 39 yards out of bounds, Buffalo starts with the ball on their own 23.
End of 1st Quarter - Bills lead 3-0 as neither team has found their way into the endzone. As expected both defenses look excellent which has resulted in the low-scoring game.
1st Quarter 1:03 - Diontae Johnson is down on the field with an injury and being attended to by the medical staff.
1st Quarter 1:16 - Roethlisberger hits Smith-Schuster for a 12-yard gain.
1st Quarter 2:41 - Buffalo three-and-out followed by a Haack punt. Steelers will start their next drive at their own 13.
1st Quarter 4:13 - Roethlisberger is sacked and fumbles, but ball is recovered by Steelers. Claypool called for Unsportsmanlike Conduct on same play, followed by a Pittsburgh punt.
1st Quarter 5:14 - Bills fail to convert on 3rd down, Haack punts 55 yards into end zone for a touchback.
1st Quarter 6:59 - Allen to Sanders on a 16-yard pass, bringing the Bills to their own 49.
1st Quarter 7:38 - Knox with 10-yard reception on 3rd and 10 to keep drive alive.
1st Quarter 9:28 - Allen scrambles for 13 yards and a first down.
1st Quarter 10:35 - Buffalo starts their second drive from their own 12 after a fair catch on the punt.
1st Quarter 10:43 - Pittsburgh fails to convert on third down, punt team takes the field.
1st Quarter 12:51 - Roethlisberger completes 14-yard pass to Johnson, bringing them to their own 41.
1st Quarter 13:30 - Steelers start their first drive from their own 25 after a touchback on the kickoff.
1st Quarter 13:34 - Bass converts on a Buffalo 37 yard field goal. Bills up 3-0.
1st Quarter 13:34 - Steelers defense comes with huge, forcing a fourth down.
1st Quarter 15:00- Bills receive opening kick, returning it for 75 yards and excellent starting field position.
11:58 - Bills RB Zach Moss marked as a healthy scratch against the Steelers ahead of Sunday’s matchup. This means Matt Breida will be active and could carry a heavy offensive load alongside Devin Singletary.
11:44 - Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins will be inactive on Sunday.
11:40 - Buffalo WR Emmanuel Sanders officially listed as active in Week 1 game against Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were missing one major component to their offense last year: a quality running game. They attacked that need in the draft by picking running back Najee Harris, who played at the University of Alabama.
The Steelers also gave superstar pass rusher T.J. Watt a 4-year, $112 million deal, making him the highest-paid rusher in the league. Pittsburgh is getting its injured defensive talent back, and it's going to be fun to watch.
The Buffalo Bills were a stellar team last year and they will be just as talented again this year. After getting superstar receiver Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen and the Bills haven't looked back.
The Bills' running game is lacking a little with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, but the passing game makes up for it. After drafting Greg Rousseau, their defense is going to take a step forward to meet the talent of the offense.
This will be one of those games where both teams 'offenses and defenses will have huge battles out on the field. This will be low-scoring and high-intensity. You won't want to miss it.
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