Pittsburgh Steelers 30-27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Steelers hold off late Bucs rally
Last Updated: 25/09/18 10:27am
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.
Capping a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an assistant coach on the sidelines and stirring talk of a trade on social media, the Steelers (1-1-1) built a 20-point lead before holding on for their first win.
Vance McDonald scored on a 75-yard pass play and finished with four catches for 112 yards, while Brown and Ryan Switzer also had first-half touchdown receptions for Pittsburgh, who led 30-10 at half-time.
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The Steelers defense forced four turnovers, including three first-half interceptions - one returned for a touchdown - of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the 35-year-old journeyman who threw for 819 yards and eight touchdowns in two victories to open Tampa Bay's season.
Fitzpatrick tossed fourth-quarter TD passes to Chris Godwin and Mike Evans to rally the Bucs (2-1) to within three points at 30-27, with still more than five minutes remaining but the Steelers ultimately held on for a vital win.
Steelers 0-7 Buccaneers: Ryan Fitzpatrick four-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brate (Chandler Catanzaro extra point good)
Steelers 6-7 Buccaneers: Ben Roethlisberger 75-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald (Chris Boswell missed extra point)
Steelers 9-7 Buccaneers: Boswell 38-yard field goal
Steelers 16-7 Buccaneers: Roethlisberger 27-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown (Boswell extra point good)
Steelers 23-7 Buccaneers: Bud Dupree 10-yard interception return for a TD (Boswell extra point good)
Steelers 23-10 Buccaneers: Catanzaro 21-yard field goal
Steelers 30-10 Buccaneers: Roethlisberger one-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Switzer (Boswell extra point good)
Steelers 30-13 Buccaneers: Catanzaro 28-yard field goal
Steelers 30-20 Buccaneers: Fitzpatrick four-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin (Catanzaro extra point good)
Steelers 30-27 Buccaneers: Fitzpatrick 24-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans (Prater extra point good)
Game's key stats
|Passing||C/A Yds TD Int||Passing||C/A Yds TD Int|
|Ben Roethlisberger||30/38 353 3 1||Ryan Fitzpatrick||30/50 411 3 3|
|Rushing||Att Yds TD||Rushing||Att Yds TD|
|James Conner||15 61 0||Peyton Barber||8 33 0|
|Receiving||Rec Yds TD||Receiving||Rec Yds TD|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster||9 116 0||Mike Evans||6 137 1|
|Vance McDonald||4 112 1||Chris Godwin||5 74 1|
|Antonio Brown||6 50 1||DeSean Jackson||3 37 0|
|Ryan Switzer||3 9 1||Cameron Brate||3 34 1|
|Total net yards||413||Total net yards||455|