Suisham drills winner as Steelers top Eagles 16-14
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Not this time, Philadelphia.
Shaun Suisham hit a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 16-14 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.
The Eagles (3-2) took the lead on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Brent Celek with 6:33 remaining, but the Steelers responded by driving 64 yards to set up the winning kick, including a pair of key third-down conversions by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall ran for 81 yards and a touchdown in his first game of the season as the Steelers (2-2) avoided their first two-game losing streak in three years.
Vick completed 20 of 30 passes for 175 yards and two scores but fumbled twice for the Eagles, who couldn't keep their string of narrow early-season victories going. LeSean McCoy rushed for 53 yards, and caught four passes for 27 yards and a touchdown for Philadelphia.
The Eagles trailed the whole way but put together a grinding 17-play, 79-yard drive at the start of the fourth quarter, converting a pair of risky fourth-downs, including one deep inside their own territory.
McCoy turned both fourth downs into first downs, twisting for the necessary yardage on fourth-and-inches at the Philadelphia 30 then bulled for two yards on fourth-and-1 at the Pittsburgh 47.
The drive seemed to wear the Steelers down and when Celek hauled in the short toss from Vick the Eagles were poised for their fourth escape in five weeks. Philadelphia won its first three games by a total of four points.
Instead, Roethlisberger put the Eagles on the other end of the equation.
After a penalty backed Pittsburgh up to its own 10, the Steelers methodically moved down the field. Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 20-yard gain on third-and-12 at the Pittsburgh 18 and later found Emmanuel Sanders for seven yards on third-and-4 at the Philadelphia 38.
Mendenhall, making his season debut after recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, bolted for eight yards on the next play to get the Steelers well within Suisham's range.
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