Steelers-Seahawks highlights, lowlights
The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh:
Play of the game: With Seattle holding a 21-19 lead with 8:54 left in the game and facing a second-and-20 from its own 27-yard line, Russell Wilson threw a deep incomplete pass intended for Tyler Lockett. But Seattle coach Pete Carroll used the new pass interference replay rule and challenged the play, resulting in an interference call against the Steelers’ Terrell Edmunds and giving the ball to Seattle at the Pittsburgh 35 — a pickup of 38 yards. Seattle scored a touchdown three plays later.
Offensive player of the game: Wilson was spectacular, completing 29-of-35 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 22 yards.
Defensive player of the game: Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt collected 2.5 sacks.
Most telling statistic: The Seahawks dominated offensively with a 35:46-24:14 advantage in time of possession.
Hidden statistic: The Steelers have converted just six of 23 third-down chances this season.
Best run: Seattle’s Rashaad Penny stutter-stepped and then burst through a hole and followed Wilson for a 37-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Best pass: Wilson lofted a perfect pass over Edmunds to DK Metcalf in the end zone to put the Seahawks up, 28-19, with 4 minutes left in the game.
Worst pass: Pittsburgh backup quarterback Mason Rudolph’s first NFL throw was basically fired into the ground while trying to hit James Conner out of the backfield.
Best catch: Pittsburgh rookie Diontae Johnson stuck his arm up in the air and grabbed a 17-yard pass on third-and-8 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Dropped pass: Steelers veteran Donte Moncrief, again, could not hold on to a pass and was benched for the majority of the second half. This one hurt the most, because it was Rudolph’s second pass of his career, and Seattle’s Bradley McDougald intercepted the ball off the deflection.
Best tackles: Pittsburgh defensive back Cameron Sutton came up with two straight stops, on short passes to C.J. Prosise and Lockett, that helped keep Seattle from scoring at the end of the first half.
Best hit: Steelers linebacker TJ Watt punched the ball out of Cris Carson’s arm in the first quarter, Mark Barron recovered the ball, and the Steelers eventually scored a touchdown.
Missed tackle: Pittsburgh’s Anthony Chickillo could have stopped Penny in the backfield on his touchdown run.
Best kick: Seattle’s Michael Dickson punted one 59 yards to the Steelers’ 19 with no return at the beginning of the third quarter, putting Rudolph in a tough position to start his career.
Worst penalty: After the Steelers held Seattle to a field goal on a drive in the second quarter, Pittsburgh’s Dan McCullers was called for unnecessary roughness on the play. The Seahawks took the three points off the board and scored a touchdown on the next play.
Best call: The Seahawks killed the last 5:34 of the game by having Wilson throw short passes and scrambling for yardage. They also went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Pittsburgh 33 and sealed the win with a 2-yard Carson run.
Worst call: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin allowed nearly 20 seconds to run off the clock before calling the team’s first timeout with 2:21 left in the game.
Unsung hero: Seattle tight end Will Dissly caught five passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns.
Best effort: Carroll, on his 68th birthday, had his team well prepared for the East Coast game.