Giants — 0-0-7-7–14
Steelers — 5-9-7-3–24
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers overwhelmed the Giants, despite making their own mistakes to keep the door open in the second half. Le’Veon Bell became the first running back to rush for over 100 yards against the Giants this season, as the Giants struggled to corral the Steelers’ playmakers.
It what was expected to be a shootout, the Giants couldn’t match Pittsburgh’s firepower. New York once again struggled to run the ball consistently, putting pressure on Eli Manning and a hobbled offensive line. Manning threw two interceptions in the redzone, and was unable to find receivers outside of Beckham, who had 15 targets in the second half.
After Baltimore defeated Miami, the Steelers needed this win to keep pace in the AFC North. The Giants (8-4) are still in the NFC Wild Card race, and head home for a monstrous matchup with Dallas on Sunday Night football next week. The Steelers (7-5) hit the road to face Buffalo.
Late Garbage Time TD For Manning
Another Giants Drive Comes Up Short
A quick scroll down these updates tells the story. The Steelers have been playing great bend-don’t-break defense, and the Giants turn it over on downs again. The Giants looked to be heading into a goal-to-go situation after a roughing penalty on Manning, but the officiating crew discussed and ultimately picked up the flag.
Manning Demonstrates Why Cross-Body Throws Are Discouraged
The Giants needed a big play on fourth down, and Eli took a chance down the field and was intercepted by Sean Davis. After a penalty negates a long return, the interception ends up working like a nice punt. Still not great for the G-Men.
Eli Apple’s Second Turnover
Giants rookie Eli Apple recovered the Bell fumble, and his first career interception is off of two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger.
The Giants have the ball to start the fourth quarter with a chance to cut the lead to seven.
Roethlisberger Answers Back
The Bell fumble was so clutch because the Giants look like they have no chance at stopping the Steelers offense. Pittsburgh finishes another drive, this time on Ladarius Green’s first career TD as a Steeler.
Huge Break Gets Giants On The Board
Le’Veon Bell fumbles at a critical point in the game, and the Giants don’t waste the opportunity. Jennings is in the endzone two plays later. We’ve got a game.
Giants Drive Comes Up Short
The Giants put together their best drive of the night, but a fourth and one decision at the five-yard line falls short. The Steelers have a chance to put this team away.
Bullock Caps Long Steelers Drive Before Half
The Steelers only got three on their final drive of the half, but it doesn’t look good for the Giants. Roethlisberger is picking apart the zone, and his mobiliity is neturalizing any pass rush the Giants can muster.
Antonio Brown Toe-Taps For Six
The Steelers have increased their lead to double-digits, after a nice catch by Antonio Brown in the back of the endzone. Pittsburgh needed just four plays after the interception, and Roethlisberger is picking apart the coverage with little interruption.
Eli Intercepted At The Goal Line
After the Steelers go up by five, the Giants put a drive together. Manning marched the offense down to the redzone, then threw a low ball to the back of the endzone that was picked by a leaping Lawrence Timmons. Costly mistake for any road team.
Steelers For Two
Giants tackle Ereck Flowers holds in the endzone, which, by rule, is a safety. Not a great rule, but the only thing to stop teams from relentlessly holding when backed up to the goal line. Steelers strike first.
Bell Gets Space Early
The Steelers have had success early in the open field, getting the ball to Bell and Brown on short routes. Pittsburgh’s first two drives haven’t amounted to points, but they have the Giants backed up in their own end.
Stats will be updated throughout the game
New York Giants
Passing: Manning: 24/39, 195 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Perkins: 7 carries, 38 yards
Receiving: Beckham: 10 catches, 100 yards
Passing: Roethlisberger: 23/36, 284 yards, 2 TD
Rushing: Bell: 29 carries, 118 yards, fumble lost
Receiving: Green: 6 catches, 110 yards, TD
The New York Giants go for their seventh straight win this week, but it won’t come easy at Heinz Field against the Steelers. Pittsburgh have also won consecutive games, and that’s just one of many similarities between these clubs.
Let’s start at the top, both on and off the field. The Rooney family has owned the Steelers since their inception in 1933, and the Mara family have owned parts of the Giants since 1929. They are royalty in the NFL, and actress Rooney Mara is named in honor of the two great families.
On the field, both teams took quarterbacks in the first round of the 2004 draft. When the San Diego Chargers selected Eli Manning first overall, the Giants had the opportunity to select Ben Roethlisberger with the fourth overall pick. They took Rivers and swapped, and the Steelers took Big Ben with the 12th overall pick.
While both franchises were historically built on defense, both now flourish on offense. That could be because both teams have star receivers on the outside: Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. can make the case they are the two best receivers in football. They also hung out together last night.