Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 11 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 18, 2014
Finishing off the Week 11 schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we had an AFC matchup between the Steelers and the Titans. Pittsburgh was coming off a surprising loss to the lowly Jets, while Tennessee posted another loss to the Ravens in Week 10. Unlike many primetime games this season, we had a real nail-biter here.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and stats from this game so we can determine exactly why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll check out what’s ahead in Week 12 for both teams.
What Happened: There was a real sense of back-and-forth here, as both teams had their moments in the game. Pittsburgh put was able to get the last surge, however, and it made the difference. The scoring started on a 49-yard Shaun Suisham field goal, and William Gay got the defense involved with a 28-yard interception return for an early 10-0 lead. Bishop Sankey would post a 9-yard TD run to get the Titans on the board, and Suisham would close out the first-quarter scoring on a 23-yard field goal for a 13-7 Steelers lead.
In the second and third, it was all Titans as they mounted a comeback. Ryan Succop hit a 20-yard field goal to start the second-quarter scoring, and Nate Washington hit on a stellar 80-yard TD catch from Zach Metternberger to make it 17-13 heading into halftime.
After the break, Chase Coffman added to the lead on a 4-yard Mettenberger TD pass, giving Tennessee a 24-13 lead.
Pittsburgh got it going in the fourth, however, with a 5-yard Le’Veon Bell TD run, and Antonio Brown completed the comeback on a 12-yard TD catch from Ben Roethlisberger. The Titans wouldn’t be able to respond, and the final score was 27-24 Pittsburgh.
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The Stars: Bell was the belle of the ball in this one, and the main reason Pittsburgh was victorious. He carried 33 times for a whopping 204 yards and a touchdown, which was the best yardage performance from a back so far this season.
Brown posted a nice game as well, with 91 yards and a score on nine grabs.
On the other side, Mettenberger had a decent game, outperforming Roethlisberger with 263 yards, two scores and a pick.
The Goats: In the most basic of terms, Tennessee simply couldn’t hold onto the ball long enough to keep the Steelers off the field. Pittsburgh won the time of possession battle 39:49 to 20:11, out-rushing Tennessee 206-49.
The Steelers had 29 first downs compared to 14 for the Titans, who logged just 39 total plays to Pittsburgh’s 73.
Injuries: Both teams seemed to get out of this one unscathed as far as notable new injuries, but Pittsburgh will have to focus on getting back Steve McLendon, Troy Polamalu, Ryan Shazier, Ivan Taylor and Shamarko Thomas, who were all out for this game.
Outlook: The Steelers will be on a bye in Week 12, and will try to get some of their key players healthy. Meanwhile, the Titans will get back to it on Sunday, November 23rd with a game against the Eagles in Philadelphia (1:00 PM ET on CBS).
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