Steelers rally for and then hang onto a 24-19 victory over Cowboys

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The Steelers didn’t blow out the Cowboys as expected. In fact, they needed a comeback to remain undefeated.

But Pittsburgh got it done, moving to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history. The Steelers did it in front of an NFL season-high 31,700 fans.

Ben Roethlisberger, who missed a few plays late in the first half to seek medical attention for his left knee, threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron with 2:14 remaining. It was the Steelers’ first lead of the day, and it held up . . . barely.

The Steelers trailed 13-0, 13-9 at halftime and 19-9 in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh closed the game with 15 unanswered points, getting a 31-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster, a 43-yard Chris Boswell field goal and Ebron’s score.

Roethlisberger went 11-of-16 for 144 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Boswell missed an extra point, had one blocked by Tyrone Crawford and the Steelers failed on a 2-point conversion.

The Steelers’ special teams nearly cost them. Or maybe it was the Cowboys’ special teams nearly won them the upset of the season.

The Cowboys had Rico Dowdle return a Boswell kickoff from the 50-yard line — after a Randy Gregory 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following the Steelers’ touchdown — 64 yards to the Pittsburgh 36. They used a trick play on a punt return for a 73-yard play.

The Cowboys were competitive despite starting their fourth quarterback of the season. Garrett Gilbert, who signed less than a month ago, was making his first career start against a defense ranked fifth in yards allowed.

The Steelers had only two sacks, but the second was huge. Cam Heyward and T.J. Watt split a sack of Gilbert on fourth down with 1:37 left.

The Cowboys did get the ball back with 38 seconds left and moved from their own 19 to Pittsburgh 23 with four seconds remaining. Gilbert’s pass into the end zone was incomplete, knocked away by Minkah Fitzpatrick, who also had a second half interception in the end zone to prevent Cowboys’ points.

Gilbert went 21-of-38 for 243 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Roethlisberger, who returned from his knee injury to play all of the second half, was 29-of-42 for 306 yards and three touchdowns. Smith-Schuster caught six passes for 93 yards and a score.

The Cowboys had 364 yards, outgaining the Steelers by 9 yards. But two turnovers and seven penalties, several of them at crucial times and at least a couple controversial, didn’t help the Cowboys’ cause.

Cowboys rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs departed in the second half with a left foot injury.

47 responses to “Steelers rally for and then hang onto a 24-19 victory over Cowboys

  1. Don’t have a dog in the fight but on the second to last drive Gilbert was hit in the face mask on a pass and there was no call. Just as Ben did but Ben got a 15 yard penalty. And on the Hayward sack sure looked like a horse collar. Not saying it would make a difference, but…

  2. If you are a Steeler fan you age years watching that game. More and likely would be better rooting for the Jets. At least you have no expectations

  3. Tomlin special almost but this team seems to be a team of Destiny. We will see.

  4. You mean Pittsburgh played down to the level of a crappy opponent in a game they should win easily?! Yeah they do, several times a season. The difference is that this year they have been able to win the game anyways, where in the past it was a predictable loss. Luck counts too and I’ll take every win any way I can get ’em 🌓🏈🌗

    Go Steelers!

  5. I tend to think this was a trap game for the Steelers but Gilbert has looked the best out of all the QBs. Dallas’s defense has really tightened up the last few games though.

    It should be interesting going forward.

  6. This is one of the fakest 8-0 teams I’ve ever seen. The Steelers are falling victim to the bad officiating curse. The same thing happened to the Patriots back in the 2017 season, and they later lost the super bowl.

  7. Not a fan of the Ravens or anyone in that Division, but, that was some very Very favorable Referee calls that bailed out the Steelers today.

  8. Not a fan of either team but can we change the rule that says an inadvertant hand brushing the qb facemask is a 15 yard game changing penalty??

    What an awful way to decide a game. Its not going to give the guy a concussion.

  9. joestemme says:
    November 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm
    Not a fan of the Ravens or anyone in that Division, but, that was some very Very favorable Referee calls that bailed out the Steelers today.

    1 0 Rate This


    Goodell helps certain teams for ratings purposes. Prior to Goodell, the league simply wasn’t like this.

  10. touchback6 says:
    November 8, 2020 at 8:05 pm
    Probably the worst 8-0 team in history.


    Tick tock….:::

  11. Gilbert looked really good! Steelers not so much but they pulled it out because of the ref’s like always!!

  12. This is the worst officiated game I can remember, except the Super Bowl where Seattle was robbed of a win over the Stealers by atrocious calls.

  13. Dallas got hosed on the Steeler’s final TD drive. Cowboys ARE NOT a good team but they deserved a fair shake and didn’t get it.

  14. Another big advantage Pitt has going for them this year, is that Ben is playing pretty good most of the time, and he’s doing a great job taking care of the ball. He has only 4 interceptions on the year and 3 came in one game they won anyways.

    Despite a poor defensive showing and horrific special teams play, Pitt won the turnover battle 2-0 today and that wins games. Every game they’re gonna get the other teams best shot, so they’re not gonna survive every letdown at this rate. It is what it is though, and there are 31 teams who wish they had Pittsburgh’s 8-0 record.

    Go Steelers!

  15. Haha! Funny how some fans of the team that loses always point out the calls they think don’t go their way, but never mention the ones they get. The Cowboys nearly tackled Claypool twice on long throws with no flags.

    That said the Steelers played like trash, and are not long for staying undefeated if they continue the sloppy play.

  16. HagemeisterPar
    … can we change the rule that says an inadvertant hand brushing the qb facemask is a 15 yard game changing penalty?

    Agree … They should treat it the samw as running into the kicker vs roughing the kicker

  17. For as long as I can remember if a team’s main uniform consists of yellow pants then they get favored by the refs.

  18. I’d also like to mention not kicking the FG was crazy. Sure it worked out but what was it, a 30 yarder? Romo cackling about that it’s the right call was just as dumb… Be up by 8 and the best they can do is tie, or be down 5 and lose… Tomlin deserved the loss.

  19. Ben’s face mask was not simply “brushed”. What game were you people watching? And it is not a foul to horse collar a QB in the tackle box.

  20. Clay pool had a clear TD on the first drive but was held and there was also holding on another that he could not get to. But I guess nobody saw that huh?

  21. Too much whining about the Refs here. There were tough calls made (and missed) against both
    teams, like always. Losers blame the Refs. Steelers have beat “good” and “bad’ teams by being taking care of the ball, being resilient, and winning the 4th quarter.

  22. Sorry but if you smack the QB in the face and punch a tackled runner on the ground, those are penalties folks.

  23. The almighty Steelers win 3 straight pro tackle football games in a row in the middle of a pandemic. How is that for awesome?

  24. Sometimes you need luck. Steelers played some tough opponents on the road, and this shaped up as a trap game. But they never quit, and you are never out of it with Big Ben.

  25. There were bad calls on both sides, it is what it is at this point. The Steelers just played 3 tough road games and kinda got a lil screwed on their bye week…thanks Tennessee…they were tired and slow and sloppy from the start and lucky to come through with a W but at the end of the day they DID come up with it and that’s what matters in the end. Here we go…

  26. Steeler fan here. First of all, Dallas’ coaching staff and players deserve an overall B+ (at least) for their planning and effort on both sides of the ball and on special teams. This game wasn’t the first time Pittsburgh has had its fits with a double-digit underdog and/or a backup-to-the-backup QB. I know it’s only one game, but Gilbert looks like the real deal at QB. If I were the Cowboys, I’d have him behind center, even when Dalton comes back. Anyway, I’d rather have the Steelers play against the Ravens and Chiefs than be favored by 10 points plus. Win or lose, at least I know I’m gonna see an ultimate effort. (This is not an excuse or a slight against the ‘Boys today).

  27. Joe The Bartender says:
    November 8, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    This is the worst officiated game I can remember, except the Super Bowl where Seattle was robbed of a win over the Stealers by atrocious calls.

    So I guess you didn’t watch the Saints-Rams playoff game from a couple of years ago . . .

  28. Joe The Bartender says:
    November 8, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    This is the worst officiated game I can remember, except the Super Bowl where Seattle was robbed of a win over the Stealers by atrocious calls.


    Thanks for letting everyone know to disregard anything you have to say about officiating. The officiating in Super Bowl XL did not favor either team. Most of the calls people complain about were correct. The only bad one was the “low block” call on Hasselbeck after he threw an interception.

    As far as today’s game, I agree that the NFL should treat some of these “roughing the passer” penalties like they do facemasks and not call the inadvertent cases. NFL got rid of the 5-yard facemask foul years ago. Weak roughing the passer calls should go away too. That said, it was definitely a foul under the current rules.

    I don’t recall seeing any bad calls against the Cowboys. They also got away with one pass interference (Claypool on Steelers’ first drive) and a blatant hold (on the sideline at the 10) that sprung the returner on the “pooch” kickoff. Dallas should have had 1st and 10 at their own 5, not the Steelers’ 36. Other than that it seemed fine to me.

  29. Yeah the refs were bad but I’m just glad the Cowboys a) played good in all 3 parts of the game b) further helped their draft position, c) the coaching staff did a decent job for once….obviously CeeDee made a rookie mistake and Gilbert has to take a sack in the red zone. This could’ve easily been a Cowboys win without those 2 turnovers.

    The Steelers played with their food and still won. Obviously playing the Ravens tends to beat you up.
    The Cowboys defense played well for the 3rd week in a row and they did themselves a favor by getting rid of Griffen and Poe – who may have been bad locker room guys.

  30. Gilbert played surprisingly well. A fourth string backup, on the squad for only a month, a rookie in his first NFL start, he looked in total command of the offense. This kid has a future.

    If he keeps playing as well as did today over the next couple of games, he’ll be in high demand next year. Prescott better watch his back, because if Gilbert starts winning games, he might be the quarterback of the future in Dallas.

  31. Matt Orendac just because they’re undefeated doesn’t mean they’re unbeatable. We saw Carolina nearly beat KC this week as well. 3 straight road games after beating Tennessee and Baltimore you can’t blame them for coming out flat. And they were down double digits last 2 games and still won. Going 8-0 is extremely hard to do in the NFL no matter the schedule. World beaters they are not but they damn sure know how to handle adversity and they win.

  32. Cowboys fan here – Referees do not cost a team the game, play does.

    There were drops, penalties, and a weak 4th and inches call to kick a FG, not go for it when you have a ton of momentum.

  33. The people complaining about the horse collar tackle don’t even know the rules. It specifically says that players “in the tackle box or to a QB in the pocket” does not apply. Yes they missed hitting Gilbert in the face. They also missed an obvious defensive pass interference or at least illegal contact on Jourdan Lewis with Chase Claypool in the first quarter. The refs continue to horrible on both sides and the NFL rule book stinks as well.

  34. Doesn’t surprise me the Steelers played a flat game. 3 games on the road will do that too you.

  35. A practice squad QB doing what everyone expects a practice squad QB to do in his 1st
    NFL start. Jerry ridding himself of his Free Agent Defensive cancers is paying dividends.
    Who would have thought Aldon Smith would still be on the team now and playing good?
    Rookie mistakes and turnovers killed the Cowboys and sealed the Steeler victory.
    There are no moral victories in the NFL.

  36. For me the best part of the game was when Gregory prevented Ju-Ju-Smith from celebrating his TD on the STAR….good stuff.

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