Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown (84) dives for more yards as Buffalo Bills' Chris Hogan (15) tackles him on a punt return with Arthur Moats (52) behind him during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Steel Curtain Wraps Up Bills
Pittsburgh, PA (WBEN) The Buffalo Bills welcomed rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel back to the starting line-up on Sunday but so did the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense who manhandled the Buffalo offense en route to a 23-10 victory at Heinz Field.
In a dreary first half of football, the Bills could only muster a meager 82 yards of total offense under the guide of Manuel who suffered a knee injury in early October against the Cleveland Bowns.
The lone highlight of the half for Buffalo came on Pittsburgh’s first offensive drive when safety, Jairus Byrd intercepted Ben Roethlisberger at the Bills’ 14 yard line and returned it 58 yards to the Steelers’ 29. Buffalo could not get the ball into the end zone and had to settle for a Dan Carpenter field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.
The teams traded possessions before the Steelers found their ground game and were able to answer with a field goal of their own to tie the score at three.
Pittsburgh took the lead late in the first half following a long pass to Antonio Brown from Roethlisberger who then found Jerrhico Cotchery in the end zone for the 10-7 lead.
Things got worse for the Buffalo offense and Manuel in the second half as the team was unable to threaten for a score until the final seconds of the game when Manuel found tight end, Chris Gragg in the for a garbage time touchdown. The Steelers held Manuel in check all day as he finished 22 of 39 for 155 yards, one score and one interception. The ground game for Buffalo also was invisible as the team was only able to muster 95 yards rushing.
There was more bad news for the Bills as receiver, Stevie Johnson suffered a groin injury and left the game in the fourth quarter. The Bills are now 3-7 and host the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium next Sunday.