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.