EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — There was one overriding motive Ben Roethlisberger labored so laborious to achieve aid from a valuable elbow injury.
Roethlisberger, who skipped over the final 14 games final season after elbow surgical treatment, threw for three rankings and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants 26-16 at an empty and eerie MetLife Stadium on Monday night. He moreover purchased the total encourage he may perhaps well perhaps perhaps ask for from his defense and backup running aid Bennie Snell.
“I’m inflamed we won the game,” Roethlisberger said. “I told the blokes sooner than the game it’s no longer about me in my idea. The motive I came aid is for these guys, this group. It’s a particular group of soccer players, of males, and I’m excellent cheerful to be a segment of it.”
A key segment of it, along with several defensive plays and Snell’s 113 yards on 19 carries — his first 100-yard performance in his second NFL season.
“We have talked openly regarding the maturation assignment and things you may perhaps perhaps perhaps perhaps perhaps perhaps moreover ask from a second-yr player,” coach Mike Tomlin said, “and he’s confirmed signs of that from the very foundation of this assignment. He’s a high quality player and one which is maturing and rising, and one who answered the bell when referred to as upon.”
The defense, whereas no longer pretty on the level of the infamous Metal Curtain, was stingy and bodily. It held Saquon Barkley to 6 yards on 15 carries, swarming in the backfield nearly all night.
“I must be better,” Barkley said. “I must be better for the group. We must rating the running game going.”
Three Steelers stars purchased them their first landing. All-Pro linebacker T.J. Watt made a suave interception at the New York 36. Roethlisberger beat a blitz with a ultimate throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 10-yard second-quarter secure. Chris Boswell’s extra level hit the suitable, leaving them gradual 10-9.
They purchased the lead with 7 seconds final in the half of as Roethlisberger connected with James Washington, who dived into the tip zone for a 13-yard secure. Boswell made the PAT this time, and added a 36-yard field aim early in the final quarter. That came following the night’s greatest play.
Even supposing the Pittsburgh defense broke down as the Giants marched 87 yards on 19 plays in the third quarter, it unruffled came up with a large cease. Bud Dupree compelled quarterback Daniel Jones as he rolled left from the 4 and deflected his circulate. Edge rusher Cam Heyward nearly made an even exhaust in the tip zone for the interception.
“I’ve to create a play for my group. I observed Bud laying him down,” Heyward said. “I tried to create a factual play and gallop along with the circulate to the ball.
“We purchased to be an opportunistic defense. We purchased sacks by guys who don’t on the total rating sacks and interceptions by guys who don’t on the total rating interceptions.”
Roethlisberger then took Pittsburgh 62 yards for the sphere aim and a 19-10 lead. He hit Smith-Schuster all over again for a 10-yard landing and a 26-10 lead sooner than New York purchased a leisurely TD.
Roethlisberger performed 21 of 32 for 229 yards has now thrown for 366 touchdowns, a franchise myth, tying Eli Manning for the eighth most in NFL historic past.
No longer mercurial, sloppy play was the yell of the night early on. In Joe Desire’s debut as coach, the Giants had a dropped circulate by Evan Engram and a lengthen-of-game penalty on fourth-and-1.
The first time a Steeler touched the ball this season was a muff by punt returner Diontae Johnson. Oshane Ximines recovered at the Steelers 3, but New York perfect managed a 21-yard field aim by Graham Gano.
There had been three drops and the muff in the first half of of the gap duration, and neither group may perhaps well perhaps perhaps bustle the ball efficiently.
No longer precisely made for prime time — except the inspiration of the second quarter and Darius Slayton’s put up sample landing reception of 41 yards for a 10-3 Giants lead.
Slayton caught a 7-yard TD circulate with 1: 52 final in the game and had six receptions for 102 yards.
Nineteen of the Giants’ 48 keen players knelt for the length of the nationwide anthem, principally defensive players. Defensive address Dalvin Tomlinson was on a knee with a hand across his heart.
The Steelers stood aspect by aspect whereas a group of players held a white banner with the words “Steelers Against Racism.” Exclusively tight pause Eric Ebron raised his arm.
The Steelers remained in their locker room and the Giants stood in an pause zone some 25 minutes earlier when the Unlit anthem, “Decide Every Issue and Relate,” was played.
Steelers beginning running aid James Conner left in the second half of with an ankle injury. Guard Stefen Wisnewski sustained a pectoral injury one play sooner than appropriate address Zach Banner hassle his appropriate knee in the fourth quarter. Banner had overwhelmed out Chukwuma Okorafor for the beginning field after he remade his physique and approach, dropping 30 pounds.
Steelers: Host the Broncos on Sunday.
Giants: Lag to the Bears on Sunday.