Late Turnover Lifts Steelers to 19-16 Win Over Bills
Shaun Suisham made two field goals, including the game-winner as time expired, giving the Steelers a 19-16 win over the Bills. Sammy Watkins exited the game early with a rib injury and did not return. Doug Marrone said Watkins is suffering from a rib contusion, but offered no further details. A report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport stated that Watkins' injury is not considered to be serious and the rookie is expected to be fine.
Watkins was hurt on the game's opening drive, taking a knee to the ribs from Ryan Shazier. Trainers briefly examined Watkins on the sideline before the Bills WR headed to the locker room. Four plays after Watkins' injury, Dan Carpenter connected on a 37-yard field goal, putting Buffalo ahead 3-0.
The Steelers responded less than a minute later on a 76-yard touchdown by Antonio Brown. Duke Williams collided with Corey Graham on the coverage, clearing the way for Brown to make the catch over the middle and sprint untouched to the end zone.
Ben Roethlisberger's second scoring toss of the evening came later in the quarter, a 16-yard strike to Markus Wheaton in the corner of the end zone, giving the Steelers a 13-3 lead. Wheaton's touchdown was set up by a Shazier interception on Buffalo's previous drive. EJ Manuel's pass was intended for Scott Chandler on a seam route, but instead settled into the hands of the rookie LB who took it well into Bills territory.
Manuel and most of the Bills' first-team offense played out the half, running 45 total plays, but failed to record a touchdown. Two incomplete passes in the end zone, one intended for Robert Woods and the other for Chandler, ended Manuel's final drive of the day.
Manuel finished 17-27 for 148 yards and an interception. Jeff Tuel threw for 48 yards on five completions in relief and Thad Lewis was just 1-6 for 18 yards and a pick.
Buffalo finally reached the end zone in the third quarter on a 1-yard dive by Anthony Dixon. The Bills started inside the Steelers' 20 yard line thanks to a Landon Cohen fumble return. Stefan Charles stripped the ball from Landry Jones and Cohen scooped it up, rumbling 59 yards to the Pittsburgh 16.
The two sides traded field goals in the fourth quarter before trading turnovers in the game's final minute. Deon Broomfield picked off Bruce Gradkowski along the sideline with 43 seconds to play, but Howard Jones took a Jeff Tuel fumble to the Buffalo 1-yard line just three plays later. Tuel was sacked by Vic So'oto, who blew past second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio. Moments later, Suisham's chip shot went through the uprights to give Pittsburgh the three-point win.
Fred Jackson led the Bills in rushing with 27 yards on six carries. Jackson also hauled in seven receptions for 28 yards while Woods caught three passes for 49 yards.
The Bills will play at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first time this preseason next Saturday, a 4:30 p.m. kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hear the call on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
9:35 - BUF - Dan Carpenter 37-yard FG attempt is GOOD - BUF 3 PIT 0
8:49 - PIT - Antonio Brown 76-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Suisham extra point attempt NO GOOD) - PIT 6 BUF 3
2:19 - PIT - Markus Wheaton 16-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Suisham extra point attempt GOOD) - PIT 13 BUF 3
13:15 - BUF - Dan Carpenter 53-yard FG attempt is GOOD - PIT 13 BUF 6
7:55 - BUF - Anthony Dixon 1-yard TD run (Carpenter extra point attempt GOOD) - BUF 13 PIT 13
9:26 - PIT - Shaun Suisham 48-yard FG attempt is GOOD - PIT 16 BUF 13
1:56 - BUF - Dan Carpenter 44-yard FG attempt is GOOD - BUF 16 PIT 16
0:00 - PIT - Shaun Suisham 20-yard FG attempt is GOOD - PIT 19 BUF 16