Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers 10/20/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Steelers 30
Wrapping up the NFL’s Week 7 action on “Monday Night Football” we had an AFC matchup between the Texans and the Steelers. Houston was coming off a Thursday night loss to the Colts, while Pittsburgh got clubbed by their rival Browns. Both teams certainly needed a win in order to right the proverbial ship.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from this one so that we can determine why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 8 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: This game turned from what looked like another Steelers loss into a convincing win, and it didn’t take long to do it. Things started out in the Texans favor, beginning with a nice 11-yard Alfred Blue TD run in the first quarter, which was the only scoring of the period.
In the second, the floodgates opened. The Texans added to their lead with a pair of Randy Bullock Field goals from 39 and 38 yards for a 13-0 lead, and from then on it was all Pittsburgh. Things started out on a 44-yard Shaun Suisham field goal, then got interesting with a 35-yard Martavis Bryant pass from Ben Roethlisberger. After some miscues and turnovers by the Texans, the Steelers were able to score two more times before the half, once on a Lance Moore 3-yard pass from Antonio Brown (a nifty-looking trick play), and once on a 2-yard Le’Veon Bell reception from Roethlisberger.
The Suisham field goal happened at 3:08 in the second quarter, and by the time Bell scored at 0:14, the Steelers had scored 24 points in a span of less than three minutes. They turned a 13-point deficit into an 11-point lead at 24-13 when the second quarter was over.
Neither team scored in the third, but Houston was able to get back on the board early in the fourth on a 31-yard field goal to cut the lead to eight. The Steelers nailed a pair of field goals of their own to get it back to a 14-point game. Late in the fourth, Arian Foster added a 1-yard reception TD from Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it was too little, too late as the Steelers would end on a 30-23 victory buoyed by their improbable second-quarter run.
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The Stars: Brown showed just how valuable he is to the Steelers with his pass TD, and he also managed nine receptions for 90 yards. Bryant stepped up into that No. 2 receiver role the Steelers so desperately need, finishing with 40 yards on two grabs with the TD.
Le’Veon Bell had 57 rush yards and 88 receiving yards with the score.
On the other side, Arian Foster managed 102 yards on 20 carries and added four grabs for 13 yards and a TD. Defensive dynamo J.J. Watt had a sack and a fumble recovery as his charmed season continues.
The Goats: That short span at the end of the second quarter simply killed the Texans. They would finish with two lost fumbles and an interception, all very ill-timed. If not for the 14-point swing off turnovers late in the half, we’d be talking about a very different game.
Injuries: Pittsburgh has some injury concerns coming out of this one. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert left during the first half on a suspected concussion and was not able to come back to the game.
Outlook: Both teams will be back in action in Week 8. The Texans will head to Tennessee to take on the Titans (Oct. 26; 1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Steelers will host the incoming Colts (Oct. 26; 4:25 PM ET on CBS).
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