Steelers fall to the Titans on last-second field goal


Oct 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) prepares to take the snap against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Steelers fell short against the Tennessee Titans 26-23 on Thursday Night Football. With the loss the Steelers fall to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

The Steelers lost despite a great game by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who went 24 of 40 for 363 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The touchdown was an 82-yard bomb to wide receiver Mike Wallace.

The 363 yards put Roethlisberger at 28,053 for his career, surpassing Terry Bradshaw (27,989) for first in Steelers history. But the running game of the Steelers could not be found again as they rushed for just 56 yards. 14 of those yards were by Roethlisberger.

While the Steelers couldn’t run, the Titans got a great effort from Chris Johnson, who rushed for 91 yards. This should worry the Steelers defense because in four games this season Johnson couldn’t break the 25-yard barrier.

Tennessee quarterback Matt Hasselbeck led a pretty easy game-winning drive on the Steelers defense, which is showing signs of weakness especially in the fourth quarter. Hasselbeck finished the game with 290 yards passing, including a touchdown and an interception.

Other than his 82-yard touchdown, Wallace was kept pretty quiet the rest of the night, making one other catch for 12 yards. Leading the Steelers in receptions was tight end Heath Miller with six for 67 yards. Running back Issac Redman had four catches for 105 yards.

The Steelers will look to get their record back to .500 when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Oct. 21.