Chris Boswell Helps Pittsburgh Steelers Hardly Win Against Deranged Bears – Pittsburgh Steelers Blog

November 9, 2021

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers never make it easy.

Monday’s 29-27 win over the Chicago Bears was no exception. The Steelers, twice over 14, saw their two-touchdown lead evaporate in the fourth quarter. It took a 40-yard field goal from Chris Boswell, recovered from a concussion suffered a week earlier, with 26 seconds left on the clock to put the Steelers on top for good.

The Steelers (5-3) have never blown a 14-point fourth-quarter lead at home, but came dangerously close after allowing three fourth-quarter touchdowns: a 15-yard touchdown by Darnell Mooney, a missed punt. by Ray-Ray McCloud who converted to a ball and touchdown by Chicago’s DeAndre Houston-Carson, and a 16-yard pass to Mooney from rookie quarterback Justin Fields.

“He made it a little closer and more stressful than we needed to,” the Steelers quarterback said. Ben roethlisberger He said, “but I’m proud of the guys, the way they fought until the end. Team soccer.”

The Steelers entered Monday night as a huge favorite over the woeful Bears and came out on the other side with a win. But it was not a dominating performance over an inferior opponent. They have an easier one ahead: a date Sunday afternoon at home against the woeful Detroit Lions, and then it gets really tough against strong AFC opponents.

At the Los Angeles Chargers. In the Cincinnati Bengals. Against the Baltimore Ravens.

To keep their playoff hopes alive, the Steelers have to win the easy ones, the ones that take on rookie quarterbacks and rebuilding teams. They hardly did it on Monday night.

Describe the game in two words: Meltdown. Why use two words when one is enough? The Steelers led by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and allowed three touchdowns.

Buy in a spectacular performance: Buy Pat Freiermuth stock and buy it now. Freiermuth followed up his fourth-down touchdown at Cleveland with two touchdown receptions against the Bears, including an impressive fighter catch in the end zone late in the third quarter. Roethlisberger targeted him six times, the team’s best, and finished with five receptions for 43 yards. The rookie tight end had a two-touchdown game against the Lions in the preseason, and then was pretty quiet in the early part of the regular season. But once JuJu Smith-Schuster fell, Freiermuth’s involvement in the game plan increased dramatically. Combine that with Eric Ebron’s injury, and Freiermuth has been getting the most plays and goals from tight end. Even when Ebron is healthy, expect Freiermuth’s rise to continue as he builds a good relationship with Roethlisberger and proves he’s a reliable target.

Fundamental game: Turnovers haven’t been easy to come by for this Steelers defense, but defensive lineman Cam Heyward swallowed a pitch from Justin Fields just beyond the scrimmage in the first half for the team’s third interception this season. . And it’s not just that Heyward knocked out Fields, it’s that the offense capitalized on the play and scored a touchdown in the next series for the first time all season. Roethlisberger and the offense had to work nine plays to cover 36 yards in 3 minutes and 41 seconds, but they ended up in the end zone with a touchdown pitch to Freiermuth.

Fundamental game II: Steelers special teams were a rollercoaster Monday night, and he went into direct free fall midway through the fourth quarter when McCloud missed a punt, and Chicago picked him up and ran him 25 yards back for a touchdown. With that, the Bears edged within three points with six and a half minutes to go. The Bears continued that momentum and scored a 16-yard touchdown to take their first lead of the game soon after.

Mind-blowing NextGen stats: Roethlisberger and Fields each had 63 passing yards at halftime, however, Fields averaged 15.8 passing yards per attempt, while Roethlisberger averaged 3.2. Roethlisberger fanned it a bit more in the second half with a 42-yard push to James Washington, who failed, but got there. Roethlisberger had a right shoulder injury that first appeared in Friday’s practice report. Coach Mike Tomlin said they would handle the injury, and that seemed to come mostly in the form of short passes to the floor and runs designed for wide receivers. Roethlisberger finished the game going 21 of 30 for 205 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.