Steelers lose to Broncos, 31-28

DENVER – A furious fourth quarter rally wasn't enough for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as Jay Cutler engineered a last-minute scoring drive capped off by a Jason Elam field goal to lift the Denver Broncos, 31-28, at Invesco Field on Sunday night.

Pittsburgh trailed by 14 with just over ten minutes to play when Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a 94-yard scoring drive to close the gap to seven. Following a three-and-out on Denver's ensuing possession, the Steelers engineered a 12-play, 78-yard drive to tie the score on Heath Miller's second touchdown of the game with less than two minutes to play.

Miller finished with five catches for 50 yards.

The next possession, however, illustrated the Steelers Achilles heel on the night as Cutler picked apart the Steelers defense on a 7-play drive that was ended on Elam's 47-yard field goal as time expired.

The Steelers defense struggled to get pressure on Cutler for much of the night as he finished 22-of-29 for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Broncos were 7-of-10 on third down conversions including a pair of third-and-14 conversions on a third quarter scoring drive to push the Denver lead to 28-14.

Pittsburgh turned the ball over three times in the first half, including a costly fumble that was returned 50-yards for a touchdown by Broncos rookie Tim Crowder.

Roethlisberger finished the game 24-of-35 passing for 290 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Willie Parker was the games leading rusher with 93 yards on 21 carries.

Despite the loss, the Steelers still maintain a slim lead in the AFC North standings and will have an important game next Sunday at the Cincinnati Bengals.


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