Suisham’s 4 FGs Lift Steelers Over Bills 19-16

By: Casey Shea

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.  (KDKA) -Shaun Suisham didn’t have to kick a field goal in his Steelers’ debut last week against the Raiders, but he delivered in a big way against the Buffalo Bills.

Suisham was perfect on four field goal attempts in the game, including the game-winning 41-yard try in overtime to give Pittsburgh a 19-16 win.

Pittsburgh improves to 8-3 on the year and will head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens with first place in the AFC North on the line.

The Bills had a great chance to extend their winning streak to three games in the overtime period. On first down at the Pittsburgh 40-yard line, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick dropped back and went deep to Stevie Johnson.

Johnson had gotten behind the coverage and was wide open in the endzone, but dropped the ball. The Steelers defense didn’t allow Buffalo to get into field goal range and escaped Ralph Wilson Stadium with the win.

The Steelers got the ball to start the game and wasted no time in taking the lead.

Ben Roethlisberger found Hines Ward for a drive-saving 21-yard pass on third down. Rashard Mendenhall capped off a 13-play, 78-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

Mendenhall finished the game with 151 yards rushing.

After forcing the Bills to punt after running only four plays, the Steelers added to the lead.

Roethlisberger found Mewelde Moore and Heath Miller for long third down conversions to get Suisham in range.

Suisham’s first field goal attempt as a Steeler was from 45 yards and he drilled it down the middle to extend the lead to 10-0.

On Buffalo’s third possession of the game, they threatened to cut into the lead, but the Steelers defense forced them to punt for a third time.

Roethlisberger had 1:46 left on the clock in the second quarter and was able to get the Steelers into field goal range.

Suisham took it from there and connected from 46 yards to put  the Steelers up 13-0 at the half.

On their second possession of the third quarter, Buffalo got right back into the game on one play.

After James Harrison was called for roughing the passer early in the drive, Fitzpatrick dumped the ball off to Fred Taylor, who took it 65 yards to the endzone to cut the lead to 13-7.

Buffalo’s defense forced a three-and-out on Pittsburgh’s next drive.

A pass interference call set the Bills up with a first down at Pittsburgh’s 11-yard line, but three straight incomplete passes forced a field goal attempt.

Rian Lindell came on and converted a 29-yard field goal to cut the score to 13-10 with 13:32 to play in the game.

On the Steelers’ next offensive play, Mendenhall fumbled and Buffalo recovered at Pittsburgh’s 23-yard line.

The Steelers’ defense only allowed Buffalo to go nine yards, but Lindell’s 32-yard field goal tied the game 13-13 with 11:25 to play in the fourth quarter.

Showing their character, the Steelers re-took the lead on the ensuing possession.

Facing a 3rd and 19, Roethlisberger avoided a sack, took off up the sidelines and took a hit to gain the first down.

On the next play, Mendenhall broke free for 21 yards that set up a 48-yard field goal by Suisham to put Pittsburgh ahead 16-13 with 6:19 to play.

The Steelers had a chance to put the game away late, but costly penalties allowed Buffalo to get the ball back near midfield with under a minute to play.

Fitzpatrick drove the Bills to the Pittsburgh 31-yard line giving Lindell a chance to tie the game.

Lindell was forced to kick the field goal twice after Mike Tomlin tried to ice him by calling a timeout right before the first attempt.

The tactic didn’t work, as Lindell reset and nailed his second attempt at the 49-yard field goal to send the game into overtime tied 16-16.

The Steelers and Ravens will clash at 8:20 p.m. next Sunday.

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  1. Jay M. Graham Sr. says:

    Why are the Steelers gettting so many penalties? Why does it seem that the ref’s are targeting the Steelers? Shouldn’t Mike Tomlin address the penalties that the Steelers are getting each week? 163 one week is ridiculous, and the personal against Harrison today 11.28.10, was not helmet to helmet, it was helmet to chest pads.

  2. Len S says:

    Merry Christmas Pittsburgh Steelers from Stevie Johnson of the Buffalo Bills. I hope you enjoy the win I gift wrapped for you.

  3. jg says:

    When is Coach Lebeau going to be taken to the wood shed on his terrible pass rushing schemes? Every Nfl Offensive Coordinator knows we’ll hardly ever rush more then three during obvious passing downs.

  4. Cheryll Pendergast says:

    Cheryll P
    The officiating for todays game was pathetic. Harrison’s hit on Fitzpatrick was a clean hit and should never had been flagged. A couple of the holding calls were questionable also, and don’t forget the non-call on the Heath Miller pass in overtime. Maybe the league should start fining the Officials for blowing calls!!!!

  5. S. Taylor says:

    I would like to know if the league officials require Harrison to add defiance of gravity to his skiills? I don’t agree that the hit today was lead by Harrison’s helmet. What appeared to happen to me is that he hit the quarterback with his forearms and the force of gravity caused the quarterback’s head to tilt forward as well as Harrison’s head to tilt forward. The blatantly bad and tarteted calls on Harrison is getting completely out of control and Tomlin needs to address it!!

  6. Billy says:

    If the quarterbacks need to be “protected” so much, why does the nfl still permit them to throw blocks on plays, and what happens if you hit a QB in that situation ???

  7. kae says:

    That late hit by Fox, Fox getting a 15 yard penalty…….. come on, that was the turning point of the game today. Steelers had the momentum and lost it because Fox gave them 15 yards for free for behaving unprofessionally on the field. Tomlin needs to get control of his men or should I say boys because they play like 10 year olds looking for revenge on the field. It just gets worse every week with penalties for personal fouls, false starts, holding and and other penalty you would like to add to the list, which by the way could be prevented if you have self-control and do not need to go to a anger managment program. If you are a grown man, a professional football player and you can’t handle the trash talkig on the field and getting hit by another player irritates you and makes youy mad that you want to retaliate and penalize your own team with a 5 -15 yards worth of penalties, then maybe you should not be playing professional football. But when asked by a reporter today, Mike Tomlin says “that’s just football”……no, that is called men behaivng unprofessionally and very badly on the field. If Mike Tomlin does not want to acknowledge that he lets his team get away with these penalties with no consequences then maybe the Rooney’s should look for another coach who can control his team on the field. The reason other players on the team have to make up for these type of players is because Mike Tomlin refuses to admit that sone of his players have no self-control and make late hits after the whistle blows, start before they are supposed to or continaully hold other players continually, giving the other team extra yards for free in every game. Mr. Tomlin, be a leader. Tell your players to set a good example for our children who play sports and look up to the Steeler players, Help teach our children to play the right way and not let your emotions to become part of the game like many of our steeler players do, as do many players from other teams.

    1. JAY says:

      YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT…EVEN WOMENS ARENA FOOTBALL IS ROUGHER THAN THE REFS ARE ALLOWING!

  8. Chastity says:

    The way the NFL is going they are making it as if they should be playing flag football!!!! This is such a crock!!!! The Steelers are being targeted, I don’t care what anyone says!!!!! LET THEM PLAY FOOTBALL!!!! So many bad calls against the Steelers!!!!

  9. DC SLIDEWAYS says:

    Another cheap shot from “i’m not a dirty player “harrison;what a shock!! Take your ball and go home;get ready to cough up some more money genius! Let the jfk conspiracies begin;the nfl is out to get our little angel steelers. Get ready for the Ravens;better hope gene steelertore is in town to ref;cheeseberger will be running for his life;and the pathetic secondary;PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. castnbash says:

    Just siting here laughing at all the posters a week and a half ago claiming I was going to miss Jeff Reed …………if Jeff Reed was still our kicker we would be 7-4 right now instead of 8-3 !!

  11. castnbash says:

    comments from the peanut gallery have begun

  12. STEELERS FAN IN FLORIDA says:

    HEY DC SLIDEWAYS, YOU KEEP MOANING WHILE STEELERS KEEP POLISHING THOSE SIX SUPER BOWL TROPHIES. ITS TOUGH WHEN YOUR RAVENS OR REDSKINS DONT MEASURE UP TO OUR STANDARDS. OH, BY THE WAY RAY LEWIS GOT AWAY WITH MURDER SO LETS NOT DISCUSS LATE HITS.AS FAR AS STEELERS THIS YEAR AS OF NOW WE MAY BE THE 3RD BEST TEAM IN AFC, AND IF WE DO NOT CLEAN UP THE PENALTIES IF WE DO MAKE PLAYOFFS WE WILL NOT BE AROUND VERY LONG. NE AND JETS SEEM TO BE THE BEST TWO TEAMS IN AFC WITH BALT AND STEELERS NEXT IN LINE. I AM INTO HARD REALITY AND AS I SEE IT STEELERS HAVE ALOT TO CLEAN UP TO BECOME SERIOUS SUPER BOWL CONTENDER. DC SLIDEWAYS YOU ARE A FREAKING PUTZ. STEELERS FAN IN FLORIDA

  13. DC SLIDEWAYS says:

    STEELERS FAN IN FLORIDA; ANOTHER CLOWN WHO;IF YOU DON’T AGREE WITH WHAT THE STEELERS DO; RESORTS TO BEING A CYBER TOUGH GUY BY NAME CALLING. CAN’T TAKE THE OBVIOUS;TOUGH!!!!!!! WHO CARES ABOUT PAST SUPER BOWLS?? MEANS NOTHING THIS YEAR. GUESS YOU’RE A LAWYER TOO;PROCLAIMING ONE’S GUILT. PICK EITHER THE GULF OR THE OCEAN AND DUNK YOUR HEAD IN IT. 3RD BEST TEAM;THAT’S FUNNY!! STANDARDS; COULD CARE LESS ABOUT YOUR STANDARDS!!

  14. JAY says:

    THE KICKER IS 3 POINTS FG AND 1 POINT EXTRA POINT.. HE IS PART OF OFFENSE DUMBAZ

  15. Honey L.Malik says:

    Steelers better address the penalties & it is wrong & praying for Sunday against the Ravens . Be on yur game cause you can’t afford to kose to the Ravens ,so please watch the videos of pervious game & look at you mistakes too. God Bless Y-all !

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