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Steelers Avoid the Lightning but still get Shocked by the Cardinals, 24-10

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The Arizona Cardinals were on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cardinals came into this game after losing two straight games. Pittsburgh came into this game after winning three of their last four games. How did this game play out?

First Quarter

The Steelers received the opening kickoff and were able to drive right down the field. It only took them three plays to get into the red zone.

The drive stalled out once they were in the red zone and Pittsburgh settled for a field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.

The teams would exchange three and outs before the Cardinals had their first positive possession. Arizona would tie the game up at 3 with 5:44 left in the quarter. Both defenses would dominate the rest of the quarter.

Second Quarter

The second quarter started with more dominance from the Steelers defense. The Cardinals missed on a big opportunity. Kyler Murray threw a deep pass to Rondale Moore which hit Moore in the hands but Moore dropped it.

The Steelers would follow that with a long drive. Pittsburgh took 12 plays to go 79 yards. Instead of settling for a field goal, they decided to go for it on fourth and goal from the one yard line. Steelers running back Najee Harris was stuffed by the Cardinals. Steelers quarterback

The Cardinals offense would respond to their defense’s effort with a long drive of their own. It started at their own one yard line. Murray led the offense all the way own the field with some help from running back Michael Carter.

Trey McBride was huge during this drive and he caught the touchdown pass to end it.

The Cardinals were up 10-3 at halftime.

Stats of the First Half

Kyler Murray went 9/16 for 95 yards and one touchdown. The leading receiver was Trey McBride with 6 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown.

Kenny Pickett was 7/10 for 70 yards. Najee Harris had 11 carries for 48 yards. The leading receiver was George Pickens with three catches for 61 yards.

There was a weather delay before the start of the third quarter.

Third Quarter

The Cardinals started the second half with the ball and went three and out. Their defense was able to get the ball back quickly as the Steelers center snapped the ball short to Mitchell Trubisky. Arizona recovered the fumble.

The Cardinals took advantage of the turn over by driving in for a touchdown.

Arizona was up 17-3 with 7:18 left in the third quarter. The game was delayed for a second time at this point for excessive rain and lightning.

After the very long rain delay, the Steelers received the ball. They were able to drive down the field on the strength of a few big passes but missed the field goal attempt.

Fourth Quarter

The Cardinals were able to drive enough to change the field position battle. Arizona was able to pin the Steelers inside the five yard line. This led to a short drive for Pittsburgh. After the short drive the Cardinals responded by taking advantage of the short field.

The Steelers offense finally started to show some life as they scored their first touchdown of the game. The 10-play  drive ended with a pass from Trubisky to Diontae Johnson. The Cardinals were up 24-10 with 4:25 left in the fourth quarter.

Arizona was able to run out the clock to end the game. The Cardinals are now 3-10 and Pittsburgh fell to 7-5.

Stats of the Game

Kyler Murray went 13/23 for 145 yards and a touchdown. James Conner had 25 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns. The leading receiver was Trey McBride who had 8 receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown.

The Steelers were held to 10 points and only scored on one of their three red zone possessions.

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