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Sam Darnold threaded a seam pass to Robby Anderson in between two Steelers’ defenders for a 23-yard touchdown on the Jets’ first drive. Darnold threw what should have been ruled as interception to Joe Haden in the first quarter, but it was ruled incomplete.
Le’Veon Bell received plenty of touches against his old team but didn’t do much with them. Bell took a big loss on a play where he decided to completely reverse the field.
Marcus Maye made a great play to break up a deep ball late in the game the could have been the go-ahead touchdown for Pittsburgh.
Rookie Quinnen Williams had a good but not spectacular day Sunday, including an unblocked sack in the second half to go with a number of run stops.
Devlin Hodges started the game under center for Pittsburgh, but two bad interceptions resulted in his benching. Mason Rudolph came in and played surprisingly well before he got injured, bringing Hodges back once again. He ultimately was unable to rally the offense to a win on the road.
The play of the day for the Pittsburgh offense was when receiver Diontae Johnson beat his man deep at the end of the first half and caught a well-placed ball from Rudolph for a touchdown.
T.J. Watt had the holy trinity of strip-sack-recovery on Sam Darnold late in the first half after beating Brandon Shell outside. The turnover led to a Steelers touchdown with four seconds left in the half. Watt’s strip of Darnold was aided by how low Darnold brought the ball back in his delivery.
Bud Dupree got a clean-up sack of Darnold as he attempted to leave the pocket in the third quarter to end a Jets’ drive.