Don’t suppose safety Jordan Poyer and completely different members of Buffalo’s secondary didn’t uncover Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster dancing on the Funds model at midfield all through pregame warmups on Sunday night.
Come the fourth quarter, after Levi Wallace intercepted Ben Roethlisberger to principally seal Buffalo’s 26-15 victory, it was the Funds‘ flip to interrupt out proper right into a dance alongside their sideline.
“It was tight energy. The tune having fun with. We felt the momentum of the game swing,” Poyer acknowledged, sooner than noting a TikTok video of Steelers Juju Smith-Schuster posted on social media.
“I ain’t going to lie, seeing them dancing on our model pregame, that turns you up barely,” he added. “You come and play with barely additional fireside. We have been overvalued on the sideline. We had an enormous win and we have been having fulfilling.”
Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, safety Taron Johnson returned an interception 51 yards for a score, and the Funds (10-3) inched nearer to claiming their first AFC East title since 1995 and third playoff berth in 4 seasons. Buffalo can clinch every as early as Monday night if Baltimore loses to Cleveland.
Steelers Juju Smith-Schuster and the Steelers weren’t requested regarding the dance — one factor the receiver does sooner than most every sport — afterward.
Then as soon as extra, they produce different issues after dropping consecutive video video games in six days following a 23-17 loss to Washington, and falling a sport behind the AFC-leading Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (12-1).
The AFC North-leading Steelers (11-2) have been nonetheless ready to clinch their first playoff berth in three years sooner than kickoff by benefit of the Miami Dolphins’ 33-27 loss to Kansas Metropolis earlier inside the day.
“We’ve misplaced two. We’re going via some adversity. Nonetheless we’re not hitting the panic button,” Roethlisberger acknowledged.
“Offensively we’re not excellent. We’re not having fun with good soccer and it begins with me,” he added. “I imagine this generally is a group that has acquired various resilience and understands what it takes to win soccer video video games and understands what time of yr it is and correct now it’s unacceptable.”
The Payments have received six of seven and have on the very least 10 of their first 13 video video games of a season for the first time since 1991. That’s a considerable swap from a group that had endured a 17-year playoff drought — which stood as longest energetic streak in North America’s 4 primary expert sports activities actions — sooner than coach Sean McDermott took over in 2017.
“Ten wins, the (job) won’t be accomplished,” Allen acknowledged. “Everyone knows what we have now now to do.”
The third-year participant broke the game open by throwing touchdown passes 3:21 apart — a 19-yarder to Stefon Diggs and a 13-yarder to rookie Gabriel Davis — on the first two drives of the second half to put Buffalo ahead 23-7.
Buffalo’s second-half eruption bought right here after Allen and the offense managed merely six first downs and 102 yards on seven possessions.
Johnson, nonetheless, supplied the offense by stepping in entrance of Roethlisberger’s cross supposed for Steelers Juju Smith-Schuster and returned it 51 yards to put Buffalo up 9-7 with 52 seconds remaining inside the first half.
“Our safety stepped up enormous time, significantly after we started out the best way during which we did,” Allen acknowledged. “We’ve acquired various guys that care approximately each other and we don’t must let each other down. As soon as we’re available on the market, we put it on the street for each other.”
Allen upped his season full to 35 blended touchdowns (28 passing, six dashing and one receiving) to interrupt the group’s single-season file of 34 set by Hall of Famer Jim Kelly in 1991. His 28 TDs passing rank second most on the group report, and 5 behind the single-season file set by Kelly in ’91.
Allen accomplished 24 of 43 for 238 yards and an interception. Diggs had 10 catches for 130 yards. Acquired in a commerce with Minnesota in March, Diggs now has 100 catches to match the Funds’ single-season file set by Eric Moulds in 2002.
The Steelers proceed to resemble nothing of the group that set a franchise file by worthwhile its first 11 video video games. Pittsburgh has been held beneath 20 components in three straight video video games, and was coming off a loss to Washington by which c oach Mike Tomlin referred to as out his group’s sluggish working assault and receivers for his or her dropping passes.
The game was decided midway by the fourth quarter after Buffalo’s Tyler Bass hit a 23-yard space goal to put the Funds up 26-15.
On Pittsburgh’s third play from scrimmage, Roethlisberger’s deep cross up the exact sideline supposed for James Washington was intercepted by Wallace.
Roethlisberger accomplished 21 of 37 for 187 yards with touchdown passes to Washington and Steelers JuJu Smith-Schuster and two interceptions.