After a dreadfully slow start, the Bills rallied around key turnovers and a second-half resurgence from Josh Allen to beat the Steelers 26-15 on “Sunday Night Football.”
Allen finished the game completing 24 of 43 passes (55.8 percent) for 238 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. It’s definitely not his best outing, but considering the way he started (10 of 23, 76 yards, INT in the first half), it was an impressive finish (14 of 20, 162 yards, two TDs in the second half).
The two offenses combined for 10 punts and three turnovers in the first half. Pittsburgh broke the deadlock midway through the second quarter with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to James Washington. But Buffalo was able to flip the momentum right before halftime following a late field goal and a pick-six by Taron Johnson to take a 9-7 lead heading into the locker room.
The Bills got the ball to start the second half and looked like a completely different team as Allen led an eight-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs. Diggs finished with a game-high 10 catches for 130 yards and the TD.
After forcing another Pittsburgh three-and-out, Buffalo got the ball and made quick work with a four-play, 57-yard scoring drive capped off by a 13-yard pass to Gabriel Davis.
The Steelers were able to make it a one-score game with a 3-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster and a 2-point conversion grab by Eric Ebron with 12:18 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Buffalo answered with a field goal on the following drive to make it a two-score game again with 8:07 to play. After Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the evening on a deep ball that was picked off by Levi Wallace, Allen and the Bill were able to run out the final 7:11 and end the game.
The Bills (10-3) can now clinch the AFC East with a win and a Dolphins loss next week. The Steelers (11-2) have now lost back-to-back games after starting the year with 11-straight wins. Still, Pittsburgh leads the AFC North by two games over the Browns.
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Steelers vs. Bills score
Steelers vs. Bills live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
( All times Eastern )
11:28 p.m. — FINAL: Bills 26, Steelers 15.
11:23 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Bills have it, first and 10 at the Steelers’ 28-yard line.
11:12 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Roethlisberger takes a shot down the sideline and is picked off for the second time tonight, this time by Levi Wallace. Bills take over at the Pittsburgh 47-yard line, 7:01 left to play.
11:07 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, BILLS. Buffalo gets all the way down to the goal line but can’t get in the end zone. However, a 23-yard field goal from Bass extends the lead to 26-15 and makes it a two-score game with 8:07 remaining.
10:52 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, STEELERS. Roethlisberger hits JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 3-yard TD. Pittsburgh gets the 2-point conversion to make it a one-score game, down 23-15 with 12:18 left to play.
10:44 p.m. — END OF 3Q: Bills 23, Steelers 7. Pittsburgh has it, first and 10 at the Buffalo 47-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
10:40 p.m. — Bills punt. Not much doing for Buffalo, Steelers get it back at their 19-yard line with 1:56 remaining in the third quarter.
10:34 p.m. — Steelers punt. Another three and out for Pittsburgh and things are starting to look ugly. Bills get the ball back at their 23-yard line with 5:32 left in the third quarter.
10:28 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BILLS. Allen uses a nice pump fake and hits Gabriel Davis in the back corner of the end zone for a 13-yard score. Buffalo leads 23-7 with 7:02 remaining in the third quarter.
10:25 p.m. — Steelers punt. Another three and out to start the second half for Pittsburgh. Buffalo takes over at its 43-yard line after a decent punt return from Roberts, 9:07 left in the third quarter.
10:15 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BILLS. Allen hits Digs for a 19-yard score to extend Buffalo’s lead to 16-7 with 10:23 left in the third quarter.
10:08 p.m. — Bills receive to start the second half. Andre Roberts returns it to the Buffalo 37-yard line.
9:53 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BILLS. Huge swing in momentum to end the half for Buffalo as Taron Johnson comes up with the pick-six. Bass misses the PAT, but the Bills lead 9-7 with 52 seconds remaining in the half.
9:46 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, BILLS. Buffalo finally gets on the board with a 34-yard field goal from Tyler Bass. Pittsburgh leads 7-3 with 1:42 remaining in the first half.
9:40 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Bills have it, first and 10 at the Steelers’ 16-yard line.
9:35 p.m. — Steelers punt. Buffalo gets the ball back at its 25-yard line, 4:56 left in the second quarter.
9:29 p.m. — Bills punt. Allen has been under all kinds of pressure. Fumbled it on first down but Buffalo was able to recover to prevent another costly turnover. Pittsburgh takes over at its 27-yard line, 6:37 remaining in the half.
9:23 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, STEELERS. Roethlisberger capitalizes on the turnover with a 19-yard strike to James Washington in the end zone. Pittsburgh leads 7-0 with 8:21 left to play in the first half.
9:20 p.m. — INTERCEPTION? FUMBLE? TURNOVER! — Allen throws it to Dawson Knox, who seems to catch it but has it knocked loose and up into the air. Cam Sutton grabs it for the turnover and Pittsburgh takes over at the Buffalo 30-yard line, 9:36 left in the second quarter.
9:14 p.m. — Steelers punt. A couple of first downs this time for Pittsburgh, but still no points. Bills take over at their 9-yard line, 11:44 remaining in the first half.
9:08 p.m. — Bills punt. Looked like Allen might have fumbled before getting off the pass. It’s ruled an incompletion though, Steelers get the ball at their 20-yard line with 14:14 left in the second quarter.
9:02 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Bills 0, Steelers 0. Buffalo has it, third and 10 at its 26-yard line to start the second quarter.
8:57 p.m. — Steelers punt. Drink. That’s six punts and an interception to start the game for both offenses. Bills get the ball back at their 14-yard line, 2:12 left in the first quarter.
8:50 p.m. — Bills punt. Another three and out for Buffalo. Slow game so far, Steelers get the ball back at their 23-yard line with 6:15 remaining in the first quarter.
8:46 p.m. — Steelers punt. Well, that didn’t last long. Another three and out for Pittsburgh and the Bills get it back at their 32-yard line, 7:44 left to play in the first quarter.
8:43 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Josh Allen throws it up under pressure from Cam Heyward and Mike Hilton comes up with the easy pick. Pittsburgh takes over at its 27-yard line, 9:22 remaining in the first quarter.
8:35 p.m. — Steelers punt. Pittsburgh finally gets a first down, but not much more. Bills get the ball back at their 31-yard line, 10:30 left in the first quarter.
8:29 p.m. — Bills punt. Three and out for Buffalo to start as well. Steelers get it back at their 14-yard line, 12:43 remaining in the first quarter.
8:26 p.m. — Steelers punt. Three and out for Pittsburgh to start the game. Bills take over at their 33-yard line, 14:01 left in the first quarter.
8:20 p.m. — Bills win the toss. They’ll defer and Pittsburgh gets the ball to start the game.
Steelers vs. Bills start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “SNF” window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|
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