Saints March Over Steelers 35-32

The inconsistent 2014 season of the Pittsburgh Steelers continued on Sunday at Heinz Field and it ended with a 35-32 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 257 yards and five touchdowns in the win and wide receiver Kenny Stills caught five of those passes for 162 yards and a touchdown.

Brees, who connected with nine different players in the win, didn’t throw an interception Sunday and he was aided by a running game that produced 143 yards on 26 carries.

While the final score was close at the end, the game was pretty much over with 10:25 left in the fourth quarter after Brees connected with wide receiver Marques Colston from three yards out to put the Saints ahead 35-16.

Surprisingly, Saints Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham didn’t register a catch against the Steelers.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was very ineffective early on in the game as his passes were usual high or way off target. The Steelers signal caller threw two interceptions in the game but that number could’ve been much higher as Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson missed a few gift-wrapped throws in the game.

Roethlisberger injured his throwing hand early in the game, but never missed a play.

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the loss and also caught eight passes for another 159 yards to finish with 254 yards from scrimmage.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown and tight end Heath Miller both had eight catches in the Steelers loss.

“I just finished addressing the team and really (an) unfortunate performance (and) not the type of performance we needed to secure victory,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game. “The bottom line is we did not have enough cohesion at different points in the game to overcome our weaknesses to secure victory.”

By losing Sunday, the Steelers lost a golden opportunity to make a move in the jumbled-up AFC North as both the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens suffered loses in the early games.

The Steelers now have four games left in their season with two of those games coming against the Cincinnati Bengals, who extended their lead in the division Sunday with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Steelers will play the Bengals next Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

  • JAMESH

    It is one thing not to win. It is another to be unwatchable.

  • Jason Vancil

    The long term question I have is, how long realistically is the rebuilding of this defense going to take? Two more years? How many core, long term, difference makers do we have on defense?

  • Aric Brown

    Rough games for Big Ben, Ike, and Gay

  • 695hoops

    I just can’t with Ike Taylor any more. He has to leave. And Troy should go too. He does nothing to impact the game any more. What does he have this year? A fumble recovery. I knew Ben would suck today. It’s a pattern against bad defenses.

  • Jason Vancil

    They both are on their last legs. I think they are shown the door after the season.

  • pdupuis

    No game in January please revisit these 3 games: Tampa, New Orleans & the New York Jets

  • pdupuis

    And to think Ike was ticked off about the pay cut he had to take.

  • SteelerMike

    I would say zero for your last question.

  • SteelerMike

    Do u really want to see the Steelers embarrassed in January? this is a very mediocre team that has benefitted from an incredibly weak schedule.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Troy Polamalu has graded positively in every facet of the game this season according to PFF.

  • We will really be kicking ourselves when we look back at the losses to the Jets and Bucs, but I’m not surprised about how the Saints game concluded. Although we were at home coming off a bye week, the Saints were entering the game on a 3-game losing streak. It was hard to imagine a Drew Brees and Sean Payton-led team to lose 4 in a row. It was just tough watching how Big Ben and the offense struggled so mightily early on. We had optimum opportunities to do something with our first 3 possessions when our defense forced three punts in a row. Very hard to watch

  • 695hoops

    How is that helping out on the field? I’m not seeing the impact from those positive grades.

  • Seymour Bottoms

    Ben has been terrible the last few weeks, Ike has been terrible for several years and Gay well he plays solid more often then not the last 2 seasons but he was bad today too.

  • pdupuis

    They should already be embarrassed. I was simply stating that if the Steeler’s management expected this team to make the playoffs this year, they can look at these losses. Until this team develops the attitude to do what St. Louis did to Oakland today or Baltimore did to Tampa earlier this season the playoffs will be a struggle to make every year.

  • sean mcmartin

    Heyward and maybe timmons are still worth keeping. Kiesel is done, harrison is good but thats also a reflection of how bad the rest of the LB’s are.

  • sean mcmartin

    Troy is serviceable. Next season you will see how bad they will be with the failures they have to replace him.

  • sean mcmartin

    Cant deny Ben would have had five picks today if the Saints were any good. I don’t get how any fan can stand to watch this mess every sunday. But..I did watch for years with terrible QB’s . but at least you felt like they could pull it off.
    now they just suck. noone steps up.

  • sean mcmartin

    A telling sign there is no chemistry, Troy looking defeated and bowing his head on the bench before halftime.

  • SteelerMike

    No doubt ben was horrendous.

  • sean mcmartin

    All they need to do is copy what AZ does, be the seahawks cast off team. having players who are coached up already could help.

  • SteelerMike

    I would say say it’s more about beginning the process of rebuliding the defense. I say beginning because whatever they’ve done under tomlin has been mostly useless.

  • steelster

    Who knows why he had his head down. You’re guessing. I think it was injury related. He had just limped off the field,.but i’m guessing.

  • chris ward

    Steelers continue to be inconsistent, recipe for missing the playoffs for the third straight year. Next week vs. the Bengals is a must-win game. Not much positive other than Bell.

  • steelant

    Like Bill B said were on to cincinnati.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Ben and the run defense lost this game. Ben did nothing with the defense forcing 3 early punts. Then the run defense decided to open the flood gates and allow the Saints to run all over them. The game was over at that point as it allowed the Saints offense to open up. Play action was deadly later in the game.

  • ANDREH

    I called it early in the week when somebody commented on the Saints defense and how they felt the Steelers can pencil this one in the winner column. I said it before this team is not built to consistently win…they don’t have that killer instinct it takes to put teams away. The game plan was simple, keep the ball out Drew Brees hand, control the clock, and score touchdown not field goals once you get in the red zone.. This defense is not good enough to hold Drew Brees down for the entire game.

  • sean mcmartin

    I am guessing. He did look despondent , maybe it was injury related. At this point. I have no more guesses as to why they suck. You are watching the same performance I am.
    your guess is as good as mine.

  • Rick M

    Ben and the entire defence lost the game. If you think the pass rush and DB’s were adequate, not sure what game you were watching.

  • sean mcmartin

    I was with you, even though I didn’t see your post. I wrote they will not be prepared to face a losing record team and that the Saints would handle the defense. I did not predict Ben showing up for a check and not being competitive, should have been five picks..

  • Rick M

    435 passing yards, 200 of which were probably earned. The rest were donated when the game was out of reach. Horrendous yes, but at the end of the year he’ll point to all his passing yards in contract negotiations. Sigh. QB contracts should be awarded on wins and losses only.

  • Rick M

    They’ve admitted to rebuilding for the last two years.

  • sean mcmartin

    I have to say it really sucks when fans have to argue which unit was most responsible for the loss.

  • Rick M

    Hire Steve Keim and we’ll be fine. Yeah two straight losses after Palmer’s injury, but 9-3 despite a deluge of injuries.

  • sean mcmartin

    No they have denied they are rebuilding. You have to know a business is never going to downplay their product even though they know it stinks. and they wont let their employees say anything negative about their futility.

  • sean mcmartin

    its not just the losses, Its how easy is it to predict the losses. futility,
    they look a little better than the raiders, who got shut out 52-0 today. but not much.

  • Ryan Roberts

    we have all the pieces to the puzzel (in my opinion) but since every piece is cut at an angle nothing fits together- i have hope we can find our stride and learn to wrap up tackles- Ben had a horrible time staying on target today. When he couldve been on target the pocket offered little protection. Adams needs to take most of the blame as he is on Bens throwing side and often over powered. Bell played great and as we expected him to. Heath was perfect for the short yardage gains.Defense played great first quarter but wore out quickly. Mitchell, along with most of the defense are expecting to simply run into opponents to knock them down. They are not actually tackling anyone as we saw on that touchdown play.- BASICS GENTLMAN, BASICS- Block, Pass, Catch, Tackle- thats all we ask. If you lose, at least lose looking like you’ve been there before-on to Cincinnati

  • Zeus

    Very mediocre? You’re being generous

  • Steeler Fanatic

    for the love of pete can we get safety support. And stop abandoning the run midway through the third… I know they are down but there was time to keep bell in the game plan . Finally, our clock management stinks… As usual . Our clock management stinks

  • Fred Thomas

    Ray rah….Cheerleader Mike, another great job……how about let’s be at the 53 yard field goal range and start throwing deep instead of getting in field goal range before attempting to score a T D?…….2 FG first two drives……you fired Arians because he couldn’t score in the redzone, correct?……..How come mike is hand slapping and cheering in beginning of game and bug eyed and arms folded at the end….COZ HE CAN GET A TEAM READY…….PERIOD

  • Smashmouth

    Well at least the steelers didn’t play down to a worse team this week it was more they couldn’t outplay a mediocre team which is worse in my opinion because like it or not we haven’t been more than an injury or 2 away from disaster and while they show flashes of stability occasionally, there just as likely to screw the pooch on any given sunday .

  • Fred Thomas

    We had to bring two of Cheerleader Mikes cuts back……do you think talent is being properly defined?….we got dri archer in the 3rd round…..I mean what a pick up….lol…defensively we have to replace troy James Ike brett….that’s 4……we got j Jones who I am betting will never have more than 6 sacks in a year….we need depth throughout the defense……lb’s are at best mediocre 2 YEARS PLEASE…..ASK YOURSelF why did the other Rooney sell their shares……..I don’t believe the media reports…….my guess is they knew where little spoiled Art would take this team………..Steelers are in big trouble……..deteriorated real fast under Tomlin…..little art and Haley………when changes need to be made at the top (look at Oakland) your talking decades not years

  • Fred Thomas

    Your getting the odea

  • Fred Thomas

    If Ben has an average day they win…….this is a loss he really needs to own……along with MGT and coaching…….

  • Fred Thomas

    Yep and Cheerleader Mike has honed their replacements……NOT……….franchise has been run in the ground……

  • Fred Thomas

    So much for the stats of PFF

  • Fred Thomas

    Thanks for an enlightened response

  • Fred Thomas

    Please revisit these hirings……..Mike Tomlin……Todd Haley……and THE CHANG OF UPPER MGT…..spoiled little art

  • Fred Thomas

    ……..with a terribly bad head coach……OC and spoiled owner…….who is evaluating talent……..dri archer…..j jones…

  • Fred Thomas

    Agree MOSTLY

  • Fred Thomas

    Ownership could care less about the drones in the stands……..they got them hooked…….

  • Fred Thomas

    Wonder what the old real steelers think about this shit?………Jack Lambert is better today than any lb on the team…..lol

  • francesco

    Ben as usual made sure that the loss should be on him…he really succeeded with that…good on him

  • Steeler B

    seen this movie before, hate the ending…..

  • Steeler B

    I didn’t notice Cam Thomas’s anonymity that much today.

  • Steeler B

    well…we held off on giving up most of the splash plays for 3rd and long.

  • Rick M

    That was shortly after he took the helmet to helmet hit. Just shaking the cobwebs out I think.

  • SteelerMike

    Difficult to assign an end date when they have accomplished virtually nothing so far transitioning to a new defense under Tomlin. My guess it will be easier to give an end date when a new coach is hired.

  • CTSteelers

    Steelers need a head coach that understands football not psychology….Tomlin is not head coaching material he can’t prepare his team on a consistent basis and can not make in game adjustments or good decisions to save his life and his smug post game interviews are the cherry on top…this is a talented team that has a habit of being unprepared and flat on game day……..that’s all on the H.C.

  • Rick M

    LeBeau or Tomlin or both?

  • Dan

    Late October deceived me. We’re a .500 team after all.

  • Dan

    I did see Worilds had a sack today. That reminds me… Worilds is still on the team.

  • pdupuis

    I’m surprised by the ease of the Saints victory not that they won. Did you expect a Steeler victory when they were playing a team with 4 wins? The worst part of this is that the Steelers were well rested coming off their bye week but the Saints were reeling & they had a short prep week coming off of playing Monday night.

  • All very true, making this loss all the more painful. However, this Saints team, although 5-7 now, are led by a possible future HOF QB and a great head coach. Their record does not do them justice. As Dave mentioned before, I think Drew has a perfect record when he doesn’t turnover the ball, a recipe for disaster for our defense that can barely create turnovers let alone apply any pressure.