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Big Ben and the Steelers Are Back

The Pittsburgh Steelers after having an injury-plagued 2019 season came out of the gate swinging and beat the New York Giants 26-16.

Steelers fans were on pins and needles waiting to see how Ben Roethlisberger looked after not playing football for a year. Well, he started out kind of rusty but he bounced back. Roethlisberger completed 21 of 32 passes and threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns.

The first quarter was not a good one for the Steelers. Second-year receiver Diontae Johnson muffed a punt that set the Giants up with a first and goal. Thankfully the ‘Steel Curtain’ stood strong and only allowed a field goal. A memorable moment of the first quarter was rookie Chase Claypool making an excellent catch on the sidelines.

The Steelers made a field goal on their second drive to tie the game up at three with six minutes left in the first quarter. A defensive pass interference call on Joe Haden led to a 41-yard touchdown from Daniel Jones to Darius Slayton to put the Giants up 10-3 to basically end the first quarter.

The sluggish Steelers offense would go three and out for the second time, however, TJ Watt intercepted a Daniel Jones early in the second quarter. The interception set up the Steelers offense with great field position and Roethlisberger started to heat up. He drove down the field and eventually hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 10 yard touchdown.

The Steelers and Giants exchanged punts in the second quarter and then Roethlisberger would connect with James Washington for another touchdown right before halftime, to put the Steelers up 16-10.

The Steelers would punt to open up the third after five plays. The Giants would go on a 19 play drive that took 8:50 off of the clock, only for Jones to throw an interception in the end zone to defensive lineman Cam Heyward.

The interception from Heyward would lead to a Steelers 36 yard field goal by Chris Boswell to put them up 19-10 in the third quarter.

Another three and out from the Giants to start the fourth quarter would lead to an 11 play, 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with Smith-Schuster’s second touchdown catch. The black and yellow go up 26-10.

The Giants would score a garbage time touchdown, making the final score 26-16.

While Roethlisberger might be the star of the game, second-year running back Benny Snell had a great game. Snell dominated the fourth quarter and ended the game with 11 carries totaling 119 yards.

Connor was unfortunately injured and sat out the second half. According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, he sprained his ankle but is optimistic for a timely return.

The Steelers defense continued their dominance from last year with inceptions, sacks, and relentless pressure.

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