The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the San Francisco 49ers today by a 24-20 score, falling to 0-3 on the season.
The game could not have started worse for the 49ers, who committed four turnovers in the first half. But the Steelers couldn’t take advantage, scoring just six points in the first half off those giveaways. San Francisco was able to move the ball up and down the field on the Pittsburgh defense, but fumbles and interceptions halted each drive. The first half, consisting of 49ers’ mistakes and Steelers’ wasted opportunities, ended with the road team leading by a 6-3 score.
Scoring certainly opened up in the second half, as both offenses started clicking in the third quarter. Jeff Wilson’s one yard touchdown run gave the 49ers a 10-6 lead, but Mason Rudolph connected with JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 76 yard touchdown to put the Steelers back in front, 13-10.
Wilson’s second touchdown of the game, this one from four yards out, put the 49ers back up, 17-13, but a connection between Rudolph and Diontae Johnson gave the Steelers the lead back at 20-17.
San Francisco was on their way to taking the lead back, then coughed up their fifth turnover of the game. But a few plays later, James Conner fumbled the ball, giving it right back. The 49ers cashed in, scoring on a touchdown pass to Dante Pettis to make it 24-20.
Rudolph and the Steelers got the ball with a little over a minute to go, but they couldn’t move down the field to take the lead, and they fell for the third straight week.
Obviously, this is not the start to the season the Steelers were hoping for at the beginning of the year. They are now 0-3 and they will take the field next week against another 0-3 AFC North team, the Cincinnati Bengals, on Monday Night Football.