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Sep 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) reaches the ball over the goal line for the game winning touchdown as Houston Texans strong safety Justin Reid (20) defends during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Strong Second Half Carries Steelers To 3-0 Start

It was another beautiful day at Heinz Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Houston Texans in a week three NFL matchup.  Pittsburgh entered the game looking for a third straight win to start the 2020 season, while Houston was looking to avoid a 0-3 start.  This game was dubbed the “Watt Bowl”, as brothers TJ, Derek, and JJ were meeting up for the first time ever.

The Steelers marched down the field on their first possession of the game, but had to settle for a 33-yd field goal by Chris Boswell to take an early three-point lead.  The Texans quickly countered on their next possession as Deshaun Watson threw a 28-yd touchdown pass to Randal Cobb to take a four-point lead.  Early on it looked like Watson would be able to pick apart the Pittsburgh secondary.

The Texans took their biggest lead of the game early in the second quarter when David Johnson rushed for a two-yard touchdown with 11:32 left in the first half.  The Steelers would score fourteen unanswered points a little under four minutes apart.  The first occurred when Ben Roethlisberger connected with Eric Ebron for a 10-yd touchdown pass.  Roethlisberger then found a wide-open JuJu Smith-Schuster on a 26-yd touchdown pass.  Houston countered before the half on a 24-yd touchdown pass from Watson to Will Fuller V with just :24 left until halftime.

The second half would completely belong to Pittsburgh.  The Steelers got to within one of the Texans in the third quarter when Boswell booted a 26-yd field goal.  In the fourth quarter Pittsburgh would take the lead for good with 6:24 remaining on a James Conner 12-yd touchdown run, a two-point conversion pass from Roethlisberger to Smith-Schuster sealed the deal on a 28-21 Steelers victory.

Early on it looked like Houston may come into Heinz Field and pull off an upset.  They seemed to have the Steelers defense on their heels and the offense had trouble finding a rhythm.  However, it looked like Pittsburgh made all the necessary halftime adjustments to remain undefeated on this young season.  The Steelers will have a big test next week as they hit the road next week to play an undefeated Tennessee Titans team.  Tennessee made a surprising run to the AFC Championship game last year, and look to advance even further this season.  Kickoff is set for 1:00pm on CBS.

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor