The Steelers opted not to sign or draft a replacement for Ben Roethlisberger this past offseason, banking on their 38-year-old quarterback to be healthy and effective over the next couple of years.
Roethlisberger delivered a standout performance Monday night in his 2020 debut against the Giants following an injury-riddled 2019. His three touchdown passes (with no interceptions) helped the Steelers beat New York 26-16 and allay some concerns about his level of play at his age.
Roethlisberger hadn’t played in an NFL game since last September when he injured his throwing elbow.
The Giants, competing in their first game under coach Joe Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, could not consistently get Saquon Barkley free in space. The talented runner finished with just 6 yards on 15 carries, though he did rack up 60 receiving yards.
Second-year quarterback Daniel Jones threw two interceptions, including a momentum-killing pick inside the Steelers’ 10. A touchdown in that situation would have given the Giants a lead heading into the fourth quarter,
Sporting News tracked live updates from Monday night’s game between the Steelers and Giants. Follow along below for commentary, highlights and more from the contest.
Steelers vs. Giants final score
Steelers vs. Giants results, highlights from Sunday Night Football
10:05 p.m.: Final: Steelers 26, Giants 16.
10 p.m.: The Steelers secure the onside kick attempt.
9:56 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Giants. Slayton gets a score to go with his team-leading 95 receiving yards. The crucial two-point attempt fails, though. 26-16, Pittsburgh.
9:52 p.m.: Fun stat here. Big Ben tied Eli Manning on the all-time passing TD list while playing the Giants.
9:47 p.m.: Jones will try to salvage his stat line with a garbage time score here, but the game result is probably out of reach with less than five minutes left on the clock.
9:41 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. Smith-Schuster makes his second touchdown catch of the evening, perhaps a sign he’s returning to his rookie form. 26-10, Pittsburgh.
9:39 p.m.: Benny Snell takes the ball inside the New York 10. He has 104 rushing yards for the game.
9:30 p.m.: The Giants punt and Pittsburgh now has a chance to put the game away.
9:21 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Steelers. Pittsburgh turns its takeaway into three points. 19-10, Pittsburgh.
End of third quarter: Steelers 16, Giants 10
9:14 p.m.: Interception. Jones makes a brutal mistake near the goal line.
9:09 p.m.: New York is about to run the 18th play of its drive.
9:06 p.m.: The Giants convert fourth-and-1 in Steelers territory. Interesting that they went for it after punting in a similar scenario earlier in the contest.
8:50 p.m.: The second half is underway.
Halftime: Steelers 16, Giants 10
8:35 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. Roethlisberger to James Washington just before halftime. That was quite an effort from Washington to reach the end zone. 16-10, Pittsburgh.
8:30 p.m.: Well, it seems Roethlisberger is either gutting it out or the Steelers are playing mind games. He’s back on the field leading a drive with under a minute left in the half.
8:26 p.m.: Uh oh. Roethlisberger might be hurt. He has a wrap on his throwing arm.
Mason Rudolph warming up while Ben has a wrap on throwing elbow.
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8:16 p.m.: The Giants punt with 5:10 left in the half.
8:12 p.m.: Barkley gets loose for the first time.
8:05 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. Roethlisberger reads an all-out blitz and gets the ball out quickly, floating his pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster for the score. Even if Big Ben’s arm isn’t the same as it once was, his field awareness and football intelligence are assets. The PAT is off the mark. 10-9, New York.
8 p.m.: Interception. T.J. Watt leaps from the defensive line to pick off a low pass from Jones.
7:57 p.m.: Another three-and-out for the Steelers.
7:54 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Giants. Daniel Jones links up with Darius Slayton for the lead. 10-3. New York.
End of first quarter: Steelers 3, Giants 3
7:41 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Steelers. Chase Claypool’s acrobatics help Mike Tomlin’s team get on the board. 3-3.
7:38 p.m.: What a catch for the Steelers’ rookie receiver.
7:34 p.m.: Bud Dupree spoils New York’s drive with a second-down sack. The Giants can’t convert third-and-long and punt.
7:25 p.m.: Pittsburgh goes three-and-out.
7:22 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Giants. New York can’t cash in after recovering the muffed punt inside the Pittsburgh 5. 3-0, New York.
7:17 p.m.: MUFFED. The Steelers can’t handle the punt and the Giants recover to get the ball inside the 5.
7:15 p.m.: New York takes a delay of game on fourth-and-1 and will punt.
7:13 p.m.: The Giants are past midfield on their opening drive.
7:10 p.m.: Steelers win the coin toss but opt to kick first and get the ball to start the second half.
Steelers vs. Giants start time
- Date: Monday, Sept. 14
- Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN
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