Undisciplined Steelers Team Leaves Nashville With Third Loss – Game Recap

A Thursday night game in Nashville included one Pittsburgh Steelers record being broken, but it very well might have included the Steelers 2012 season getting broken into several undisciplined pieces as they lost to the Tennessee Titans 26-23 as time expired.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed Terry Bradshaw as the Steelers career passing leader Thursday night, but a 40 yard field goal by Titans kicker Rob Bironas as time expired put a damper on the record and quite possibly the Steelers season.

Roethlisberger entered the game against the Titans needing 286 yards to tie Bradshaw\’s mark of 27,989 passing yards and he passed Bradshaw with a 17-yard completion to tight end Heath Miller with 3:31 left in the third quarter. Roethlisberger was 24-of-40 in the game for 363 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

Despite a dismal first half the Steelers had a 23-16 lead with 8:18 left in the game, but the defense allowed the Titans offense to go 80 yards on 11 plays to tie the game at 23 with 4:19 left in regulation. That drive included Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis dropping a sure interception thrown by Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, and fellow cornerback Ike Taylor being flagged for defensive holding on an incomplete third down pass from Hasselbeck to wide receiver Damian Williams on the Steelers own 15 yard-line. Three plays later Hasselbeck hit wide receiver Kenny Britt in the endzone for the game tying touchdown with Taylor in coverage.

The Steelers attempted to answer on their next drive, but it stalled at the Titans 36 yard-line with an incomplete pass on third down. Head coach Mike Tomlin decided to let kicker Shaun Suisham attempt a 54 yard field goal, but the kick fell short and the Titans took over on downs as a result.

Three plays later Hasselbeck hit tight end Jared Cook on a crossing pattern and 25 yards later he was eventually pushed out of bounds at the Steelers 25 yard-line. After a 3 yard run by running back Chris Johnson the Titans allowed the clock to tick down to 3 seconds and then sent Bironas out to kick the game winner.

Not only did the Steelers lose the game, they also lost several key players to injury. Center Maurkice Pouncey (knee,MCL), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), running back Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles), running back Isaac Redman (ankle), linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) and linebacker Brandon Johnson (hamstring) were all mentioned by head coach Mike Tomlin in his post game press conference injury rundown.

The Steelers now have to try and recoup and get ready for their first divisional game of the season a week from Sunday night on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers are 0-3 on the road already this season and loss in Cincinnati would have the team on life support before Halloween even arrives.

  • mghjr88

    another disappointing loss

  • Zach Clary

    That’s an understatement. Not much you can do though when we have no depth at the backup positions and half of our starting players are hurt.

  • Alan

    Thats bull shiznit. Players we have need to step up. Like all other fans i expect better from the steelers thats whoever wears the black n gold.

  • TJimmy

    Every day and every game, the players always pray for safety and protection from injury. The last two years, those prayers have not been answered like they were in years past.

    Though some may not like me for saying this, the problem with the Steelers could be deeper than X’s and O’s.

  • SteelSpine

    Dulac (PG) correctly gave the coaching staff an F rating for this game.
    – How does any coach not know the distance their kicker is capable of, no other coaches do that & it is inexcusable.
    – How does a starting CB (Ike) not know you cant mug & club a reciever all the way down the field – coaching.
    – How has staff not prepared anyone for backup StrongSafety this past offseason when knew back then Troy will never again survive a full season & knew before this past offseason Mundy does not have NFL-level instincts. Started Will Allen at SS over Mundy this game is something had to do, but Will Allen never had size for SS, he’s barely FS size. This season Steelers are paying the piper for did not prepare at SS.

  • Dennis Thomas

    Ike sucks, the problem with the Steelers is their intelligence. How one continues to do the same thing with the same results and think that is acceptable is beyond me.


    The Titans?!? REALLY?!? The schedule doesn’t get any easier. Our secondary is a joke. Our line is destroyed. Our starters are falling. Our season is over.

  • alex

    something we knew last year but were to proud to accept, the fact that the division now goes thru…i just cant say it…that black avian beast of the east…

  • JohnnyV1

    2-3 is where we deserve to be at this point. I thought when the season started, the offense would be slow out of the gate given that it’s a new system. Points scored isn’t the real issue, points against is really the issue. The defense needs help, help that the roster currently doesn’t have. Even with Troy & Woodley healthy and playing, perhaps we beat the Titans, but not the quality teams. I don’t think it’s all the secondary’s fault either. The run stopping isn’t good, the pass rush is very spotty. We might win 9 games this year, if all goes well from here.

  • Buccos9

    This excerpt below from the Pittsburgh Tribune demonstrates what a good defensive coordinator should do on third down late in a game, compared to what Dick Lebeau did – rush two linemen:

    “Then, with the Steelers trying to inch
    placekicker Shaun Suisham closer downfield for his second straight
    game-winning field goal, five Titans chased after quarterback Ben
    Roethlisberger to force an errant throw on third down with 49 seconds to

    “I knew (Roethlisberger) was going to keep
    the playing going,” defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said. “We felt we had
    to get after him, and we made him make a crazy throw.”

  • Where is the pass rush? Its non existant unless they rush 5+. Conversely Ben is ‘climbing the pocket’ or avoiding the rush in less than 2 seconds. The only player on the roster I’d even think can whiff the pro bowl is Miller. All that WR speed and they can’t get open? At least there is the Mountaineers this year. Two DE in recent drafts and they are non-existent. As Steeler Nation we can’t sulk. What has it been a decade since a losing season? Refresh my memory. 8-8 in 2007. This stinks.

  • SteelSpine

    Every point you listed there there I noticed too.

  • SteelSpine

    We’re as bad as the Titans (actually we’re worse because because they beat us), & that about says it all. This is not Steeler defense, & it appears we have too many mediocre players on it.

  • SteelSpine

    Yep embarrasing the world watching Titans celebrate beating Steelers. And how bout the Raiders. You are right.
    I’m tempted to also say our season is over but I catch myself first because I remember Steelers seasons which started out significantly worse than this at 5 games (worse/blowout losses those years) then went on to surprise in the playoffs, I know it’s crazy.

  • SteelSpine

    This season even in preseason, the standard is not the standard, & our coaches had seemed too OK with that.

  • SteelSpine

    How to you know they didnt pray, so you were in their bedrooms? Using your explaination opposing QBs’ prayers were answered that they wouldnt have to face Polomalu & Harrison/Woodley.