Steelers lose Rudolph and the game

Courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers season took a bit hit Sunday when Mason Rudolph went down and was forced to leave the field to enter the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Although 13-17 down as they entered the third quarter, the Steelers were fighting back hard to force the win. The Ravens had the first possession of the second half and their drive was extended by an offside penalty on Devin Bush. Two plays later, Bush redeemed himself with an interception.

On the Steelers next series, Rudolph under extreme pressure threw a wonder pass to James Washington that he completed. Rudolph was sandwiched between two Ravens defenders and lay on the field for four minutes receiving treatment. Earl Thomas who was penalised for roughing the passer,

Delvin Hodges took over at Baltimore’s 47 and eight plays later James Conner ran in for a 1-yard touchdown that put the Steelers ahead. The Ravens tied the game 20-20 at the beginning of the third quarter with a field goal.

The Steelers regained the lead with 2:41 left, but the win evaporated with a phantom roughing the passer penalty on Olasunkanmi Adeniyi as the Ravens moved the ball into field goal range. Baltimore succeeded with their attempt and the game went into overtime.

With a rookie quarterback, on winning the coin toss Coach Tomlin put his faith in his defense to stop their opponents and gave the ball to Baltimore choosing to defend the city end.

The Steelers defense held the Ravens, but an untimely fumble by JuJu Smith-Schuster gave the ball back to their opponents. With a short field, the Ravens kicked the winning field goal to take the victory and head the AFC North at 3-2.

Once again SteelerNationUK were represented at Heinz Field.