Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) is tackled
by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Arthur
Moats (55)in the first half of the NFL football
game, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh.
— The deluge started with a desperation third-down
heave, a trickle that turned into a downpour and led to
another abrupt turn in the Pittsburgh Steelers'
week and lousy the next, Pittsburgh managed to be both in
a 30-23 victory over the mistake-prone Houston Texans on
Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver
Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a
decisive 73-second stretch late in the first half that
moved the Steelers from down 10 to an 11-point lead.
stand on the sidelines long enough, you will see
explosions such as that," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin
said. "It was good to be on the good side of
finished with 265 yards passing. Le'Veon Bell racked up
145 yards of total offense, including a 43-yard
catch-and-run with less than 2 minutes to go in the first
half that became the spark the Steelers desperately
provided the type of emotion the group needed,"
Tomlin said. "Then we kind of fed off that. The guys
really capitalized on it."
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10)
celebrates with running back Le'Veon Bell (26) after
making a touchdown catch as Houston Texans defensive
back Andre Hal (29) walks by in the second quarter
of the NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in
Foster ran for 102 yards for Houston (3-4), but just 29
over the final three quarters. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21 of
32 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and an interception,
but the Texans were undone by three turnovers, including
consecutive offensive snaps that handed the momentum over
to the Steelers.
had a terrible second quarter," Houston coach Bill
O'Brien said. "We couldn't come back from it. Just
too many turnovers. We just had a hard time overcoming all
defensive end J.J. Watt recovered a fumble and picked up
his third sack of the season but was neutralized for most
of the second half.
was listless for the first 25 minutes, letting Foster and
Fitzpatrick do whatever they wanted as the Texans raced to
a 13-0 lead that seemed larger.
Shaun Suisham field goal with 3:08 left in the half gave
the Steelers a minor boost.
from Roethlisberger to Bell provided a much larger one
shortly after the 2-minute warning. Roethlisberger hit the
versatile back for a 43-yard gain — Pittsburgh's longest
pass play of the season — to move the ball to the
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is hit by
Houston Texans free safety Kendrick Lewis (21) after
making a catch in the first quarter of the NFL
football game a, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in
then found Martavis Bryant, who struggled staying healthy
in the preseason and spent the first six weeks on the
inactive list, with a beautiful rainbow that the rookie
caught in the back of the end zone to make it 13-10 with
started clicking," Bryant said. "Everybody woke
up. It was good to make the play to have the team wake up,
get the momentum going."
Steelers were just getting started.
fumbled deep in Houston territory two plays after Bryant's
score and the Steelers recovered. Pittsburgh offensive
coordinator Todd Haley, who has faced heavy criticism for
his play-calling, went deep into his book to help the
Steelers take the lead.
first-and-goal, Roethlisberger flipped the ball to Brown,
who was coming in motion. The Pro Bowl wide receiver then
spun back around to his left and fired a strike to Lance
Moore in the end zone.
worked on it like two times in practice," Brown said.
"The first time was a little funny but the second
time it panned out."
issues escalated on the next snap when Fitzpatrick's throw
over the middle was deflected into the arms of Pittsburgh
defensive end Brett Keisel. The 36-year-old took the
second pick of his career to the Houston 8.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes
in the first quarter of the NFL football game
against the Houston Texans, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014,
found Brown for a 6-yard gain and then hit Bell — who
was uncovered after going in motion — for a touchdown.
turnaround left Heinz Field euphoric and the Texans and
Steelers methodically added on in the second half,
extending the lead to 14 points on a pair of Suisham field
goals before a late scoring pass from Fitzpatrick to
Foster provided the final margin.
played in stark contrast to the beginning, when the Texans
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) tries to
make a catch past Houston Texans cornerback A.J.
Bouye (34) in the fourth quarter of the NFL football
game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, Oct.
20, 2014, in Pittsburgh. The catch was ruled out of
bounds and overturned on replay.
found rookie running back Alfred Blue for an 11-yard
touchdown pass to end a 10-play, 94-yard drive on the
Texans' opening possession before Watt went to work.
candidate recovered a Roethlisberger fumble, leading to a
39-yard field goal by Randy Bullock that gave Houston a
10-0 lead. Watt later dropped Roethlisberger for his third
sack of the year.
the third time this season that Watt had a fumble recovery
and a sack in the same game. No other player in the NFL
has more than one.
couldn't stop the Texans from extending a slide that has
erased the positive vibes from their promising 3-1 start.
Bell became the first player in Steelers history to start
the season with seven straight games of 100 yards of total
offense. ... Texans WR Andre Johnson caught five passes
for 77 yards to move past Hall of Famer Steve Largent and
into 14th place on the NFL's career yards receiving list.
... Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert left in the first half with
a concussion and did not return. ... Watt's fumble
recovery was the ninth of his career, a new franchise
record. ... The Steelers host Indianapolis on Sunday. The
Texans travel to Tennessee.