James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster carry Steelers to 27-14 win over Dolphins

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James Conner rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown and JuJu Smith-Schuster added 103 yards receiving with a score as the Pittsburgh Steelers earned a 27-14 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

Conner did leave the game in the closing minutes with an apparent shoulder injury sustained on his final carry of the night.

The Steelers spotted the Dolphins are early 14-0 lead as a Mason Rudolph interception and Pittsburgh turnover on downs helped Miami jump out to an early lead. A Xavien Howard interception of Rudolph set up a 5-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Albert Wilson to give the Dolphins a 7-0 advantage. Allen Hurns then scored on a 12-yard reception from Fitzpatrick as the Dolphins took a two touchdown lead late in the first quarter.

But from that point forward, the game was all Steelers.

Fitzpatrick lost a fumble on a sack from T.J. Watt and was twice intercepted by former Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Mark Walton also lost a fumble as a part of four Miami turnovers on the night. Two of Pittsburgh’s three touchdowns came directly off of Fitzpatrick interceptions.

Fitzpatrick would complete 21 of 34 passes for 190 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

After a 42-yard Chris Boswell field goal got the Steelers on the board, Rudolph connected with Diontae Johnson for a 45-yard touchdown right before halftime to close the gap to 14-10 at the break.

Rudolph finished with 251 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Fitzpatrick’s second interception of the night still pinned Pittsburgh back on their own 3-yard line and worked like a punt for Miami. But the poor field position didn’t deter the Steelers as they would march 97 yards on the ensuing drive with a 26-yard pass from Rudolph to Smith-Schuster gave Pittsburgh the lead, 17-14.

It was the first time this season Smith-Schuster cracked the 100-yard receiving barrier for Pittsburgh.

After a failed fourth-and-1 try at the end of the third quarter, the Steelers would strike again with a 9-yard touchdown run from Conner extended the lead to 24-14.

Conner would exit the game with just over two minutes left to play. Miami cornerback Xavien Howard (knee), Steelers guard Ramon Foster (concussion) and running back Benny Snell (knee) also left the game and did not return. Head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that Conner is getting his AC joint evaluated.

Boswell would later add a 41-yard field goal to push the margin to 27-14.

12 responses to “James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster carry Steelers to 27-14 win over Dolphins

  1. Good game Dolphins. And good game Steelers, another game to build some confidence for the next two games are gonna be more challenging. 3-1 in the past 4 games. Love ya no matter what Pittsburgh 🙂

  2. If the Dolphins can’t win a game and go 0-16, like I stated on Talk Of Fame Network/Maven site, the fans who attend the games/PSL holders, need to get 100% reimbursement. After what Detroit and Cleveland accomplished, it should NEVER happen again, especially with free agency player movement. There is no way Flores should survive a winless season. At least the 1966 Expansion Dolphins won a game, with peddler cheap Joe Robbie to boot!!

    C’mon Dolphins, care enough to win at least one…

  3. The Dolphins are an embarrassment to themselves and the NFL,the league needs a draft lottery asap, you cannot have a franchise purposely losing games.
    The 9 man blitz on 3rd and 20 was so obvious they were playing to lose on purpose!

  4. A player grabbing with two hands the opponent elbow, like a 12yold daughter on a walk with is dad, is not PI for the Monday night crew…

  5. The Dolphins tank job is so obvious.
    Wouldn’t be shocked to find out that Miami bribed the refs to call penalties in Pittsburgh’s favor.

  6. Wow. Steelers have now beaten two winless teams at home and a 3-5 team in a stadium full of Pittsburgh fans. I’d say have a parade but the city is nothing but potholes.

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