Sunday Night Football: T.J. Watt saves the day, Steelers beat Seahawks 23-20 in OT

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T.J. Watt got paid to make plays as he did on Sunday.

The edge rusher helped save the day for Pittsburgh, making a strip-sack in overtime that led to Chris Boswell’s walk-off 37-yard field goal for a 23-20 victory on Sunday Night Football.

While Seattle won the OT coin toss and gained plenty of yards on the opening drive, Watt sacked quarterback Geno Smith for a 13-yard loss on third-and-4 from the Pittsburgh 45. That forced a punt.

Then after the Steelers punted it back, Watt sacked Smith again, this time forcing a fumble that linebacker Devin Bush recovered. A few plays later, Boswell sent the ball through the uprights to even Pittsburgh’s record at 3-3.

Starting his first game since 2017 with Russell Wilson on injured reserve, Smith finished 23-of-32 passing for 209 yards with a touchdown. He did not perform well in the first half but was able to heat up in the second to give Seattle a chance to win.

He was especially key on the Seahawks’ last drive of regulation — which continued Seattle’s tendency to play weird games. Smith hit receiver D.K. Metcalf on the left with a 12-yard pass, but cornerback James Pierre punched the ball out Peanut Tillman style, giving Pittsburgh a chance to win the game with a recovery. Receiver Freddie Swain jumped on the loose ball instead, sprinting to midfield so Seattle could spike it.

But the officials stopped the play to review Metcalf’s catch, perhaps to review whether he stepped out of bounds. Metcalf did not, as the ruling on the field stood as called. With Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin livid on the sideline, the Seahawks had three seconds to execute a spike and did so. Jason Myers then connected from 43-yards out to put the game in extra time.

On the other side, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finished 29-of-40 for 229 yards with a touchdown. Deontae Johnson had nine catches for 71 yards. And running back Najee Harris had over 100 yards from scrimmage again, with 81 rushing and 46 receiving, plus a receiving touchdown.

And defensively, Watt made a good case for AFC defensive player of the week with 1.0 sacks, three tackles for loss, three passes defensed, and a forced fumble.

The game did have a scary moment when Seattle’s Darrell Taylor had to be carted off the field on a stretcher late in the fourth quarter. Taylor had smashed his helmet into the side of teammate Al Woods when trying to tackle Harris on a run play. Fortunately, the Seahawks told NBC’s Michelle Tafoya that Taylor has all use of his extremities after being transported to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for further examination.

Now at 3-3, the Steelers have their bye next week.

At 2-4 in the tough NFC West, the Seahawks will take on the Saints on Monday night in Week Seven.

28 responses to “Sunday Night Football: T.J. Watt saves the day, Steelers beat Seahawks 23-20 in OT

  1. Thanks, NFL, for making us watch two teams who are going nowhere on Sunday Night Football.

    That game was trash. I’d rather watch paint dry.

  2. Is John Schneider still the greatest GM in sports history, and Pete Carroll still the best coach?

    At 2-4, are the other 31 NFL teams still afraid of Seattle?

    Dynasty.

  3. The Cardinals and Rams are beginning to pull away from the Seahawks and 49ers. Injuries have been rough in the NFC West.

  4. Good win for the Steelers, but they were steamrolled by the Seahawks in the second half.

    They held on though.

  5. After all of those punches he threw, TJ shouldn’t have even been on the field to save the day. And he should be getting a FedEx in his locker tomorrow, too.

  6. Watt shouldn’t have even been in the game he was flagged for punching another player, by rule he should have been ejected

  7. Watt and Heyward are good players. Everyone else on D looked like they had grab-the-neck tackling drills, all week.

  8. Tom Brady says:

    Dynasty
    ==========

    Keep laughing.

    Yours is the next of the great 1-year Wonders.

  9. Is John Schneider still the greatest GM in sports history, and Pete Carroll still the best coach?
    ==========

    Other than the Pats, who’s had a better run the last 10 years?

    2 Super Bowls
    8 Playoff trips, only 2 1-and-dones
    and this will be their first losing season since 2011

  10. doctorrumack says:

    October 18, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Watt shouldn’t have even been in the game he was flagged for punching another player, by rule he should have been ejected
    ——-
    Except that’s not “by rule” it’s your misinterpreted version of the rule that’s the issue

  11. The Steelers found a way to win. That’s all that matters. They need to play much better on both sides of the ball. Getting Tuitt back will help on the D side.

  12. Steelers continue their legacy of dirty players taking cheap shots to win games. Watt should have been thrown out of the stadium and into the pokey for punching Alex Collins in the head. Fans should be hanging their heads in shame.

  13. Watt definitely went berserker trying to punch the ball out but it didn’t appear to be connecting with the player but mostly just the ball. Aggressive stripping is the new norm and he showed how effective it can be in winning the game.

  14. Anybody would LOVE to have TJ on their team. I am happy he is playing for my team. Beast. And he wasn’t punching the player, he was punching the ball. Almost every defender takes a swipe at the ball when making a tackle.

  15. I saw TJ Watt give a dude a 3 piece. One to the gut and two to the head and they said he was going for the ball hahaha. So if a defender jumps to bat a pass and bumps into the QB, it’s roughing the passer. I mean he was going after the ball right?

  16. Watt should have been ejected in the first half for his outrageous behavior. Only because it was a home game for Pittsburgh. They wont be able to keep up with the other teams in the AFC north.

  17. Holmgren’s frozen ‘stache says:
    October 18, 2021 at 10:20 am
    Is John Schneider still the greatest GM in sports history, and Pete Carroll still the best coach?
    ==========

    Other than the Pats, who’s had a better run the last 10 years?

    2 Super Bowls
    8 Playoff trips, only 2 1-and-dones
    and this will be their first losing season since 2011
    —————————————————————————————————-
    Exhibit 1: 2020 Seahawks go 12-4… 10 of those wins came against teams that would finish the season.500 or below. Guess what happens when they make the playoffs and have to play a team with a winning record? They lose.

  18. Did you all see the Packers-Seahawks playoff game in 2019 when GB picked up the game ending 1st down and Pete Carroll threw a tantrum like a 2 year old whose parents wouldn’t buy him a treat? That was funny.

  19. As a Seahawk fan I realize it’s time for a rebuild, and I also have to realize that John and Pete probably had a lot of luck in the draft earlier in their careers which made this run possible. Their recent draft/trades have been next to horrible outside Metcalf. Jets will now get a 2nd 1st round pick that could be in the top 10 for a player that got paid and now looks like a reserve safety.

  20. Seahawk fans are content with things the way they are, and are happy with 1 Super Bowl. Why would the team change anything when your fanbase is happy and complacent with the status quo?

  21. The Seahawks have done great over the last ten years…Seahawks fans understand that the NFC West is a very competitive division…this is probably not Seattle’s year, but Seattle has a very favorable schedule to end the year and could end up 9-8…there is still plenty of talent on this team for next year….

  22. If Metcalf had caught the ball and then stepped out of bounds, the Seahawks would have a first down and ~13 seconds without using a timeout. They would have had time for 2 passes to try to win in regulation before going with a FG to tie it. Making sure players have situational awareness is a coach’s responsibility.

  23. Steelers fans hanging their heads in shame over Watts punch….nah they would if he was involved in murder like Hernandez or Ray Lewis for example.

  24. No doubt Tomlin put himself on the competition committee so he could rig the system in favor of dirty players. Seems like they always end up on the Steelers roster. Hardly a coincidence.

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