Eagles beat Steelers, 34-3, for worst loss of Tomlin era

All downhill after dropped touchdown pass; here's breakdown, injury list, quotes

The losing streak for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Philadelphia continued through a 51st year, and once again it was a bludgeoning.

The Eagles hammered the Steelers on Sunday, 34-3, for the Steelers' worst loss of the Mike Tomlin era and their worst loss in over 27 years.

The scoring output matched the low of the Tomlin era from 2011 when they lost in San Francisco, 20-3.

The Steelers last lost by 31 points on Sept. 17, 1989 at Cincinnati, 41-10.

The first series Sunday was an indication this would not be the Steelers' day. Markus Wheaton dropped a potential 18-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger on a third-and-13 play, and Chris Boswell had his 36-yard field goal attempt blocked by tackle Bennie Logan on the next snap.

The Eagles then began scoring and the Steelers began dropping with injuries.

Injuries in the game, according to Mike Tomlin, included: Ryan Shazier ("aggravated his MCL"), Robert Golden (hamstring), Ramon Foster (chest/elbow, "I don't know which one"), Lawrence Timmons (lower leg, "he went to the hospital and from what I understand he's on his way back"), Eli Rogers (foot) and Mike Mitchell (knee).

Tomlin did not indicate a degree of severity for any of the injuries.

A 29-yard Eagles field goal on their first possession was followed on consecutive possessions by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to Jordan Matthews and a 38-yard field goal before the Steelers stopped them before the half.

The Eagles then blew open their 13-3 halftime lead with a 21-point third quarter. Darren Sproles ran 73 yards for a touchdown off a Wentz scramble pass; Wendell Smallwood ran one yard for a touchdown; and Kenjon Barner ran eight yards for the third touchdown and the final points of the game.

Wentz finished the game without being sacked and did not commit a turnover for the third time in his three starts. The No. 2 pick of the draft completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards. He was pressured only three times, twice by James Harrison and once by Anthony Chickillo.

Roethlisberger was sacked four times in the game -- half as many times as he was sacked in his last trip to Philadelphia, a 15-6 loss in 2008 -- and completed 24 of 33 for 257 yards and one interception.

Antonio Brown led all receivers with 12 catches for 140 yards, or more than half of the Steelers' 251 yards of total offense.

DeAngelo Williams, who came into the game as the NFL's leading running back, was held to 21 yards on eight carries.


"You guys saw that. We lost just about every element of that matchup. It was a poor performance by us, and when I say us I mean all of us. It starts with me. They outcoached us, they outplayed us, they were better fundamentally, tackling and so forth. We were highly penalized. We didn't get it done today and they did. I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge
that. It was a big element of us. They performed at a high level today. I tip my cap to those guys and congratulate them on the victory. We've got work to do. Obviously. And we will We'll start with evaluating and taking accounting for the things that we did in that game or the things that we didn't do, and we'll do that."

On lack of pressure on Wentz and pressure on Roethlisberger:

"We allowed some drives to continue at the early portions of the game either through missed tackles or some penalties. Once it became a multiple-score game they were just free-wheeling and they were able to spin the dial a little bit and we couldn't find a rhythm necessary to create duress in them. But the initial stages of the game, we've got to do a better job tackling. Penalties kept a few drives alive, that type of thing."

What did you think of Wentz?

"He did a nice job executing their offense in the similar ways he did the first two games. Like I said leading up to the week, he's done an awesome job but they've also done an awesome job of managing him and managing that group. Their screen game was exceptional. I think he threw for 300 yards but I imagine 150 of it were screens to backs and tight ends and things like that. It wasn't a ball going over our head or broken plays. That's a function of how they play. They did a nice job of it. We've got to be better. We get people behind the chains we've got to be better versus the screen game. That's been consistent over the course of the first three weeks, so I tip my cap to them but I acknowledge some areas that we're showing a pattern of inconsistency or a pattern of undesirable performance. We've got to be better versus the screen game."

Why has that pattern emerged?

"We're just not performing. We've got to perform better."

Were you surprised you couldn't run the ball?

"I was. They got after us. We've got to have a better plan. We've got to execute the plan better. They had a better plan. They executed their plan better. Simple, really."

(Inaudible question)

"They outperformed us. I don't know how many ways I can reiterate that. Often it's defense and special teams."

The margin of loss mean anything?

"Not to me. Obviously that's not the type of ball we want to play, but we play and play to win. We don't play to lose competitively. A loss is a loss. It stings, but it probably sting just the same if it was three points because we came here with one agenda and that's to play winning football. Obviously we didn't do that today."

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