EditorsNote: Notes game was in Pittsburgh in lead; adds distance of Wilson TD in graf 4; corrects Dolphins’ total to 14 (twice) in last graph; other minor edits
Mason Rudolph threw two touchdown passes and James Conner rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown Monday night as the Steelers erased an early two-touchdown deficit to beat the winless Miami Dolphins 27-14 in Pittsburgh.
Rudolph, in his return from a concussion, was 20 of 36 for 251 yards and an interception, with scoring passes to Diontae Johnson and, for the go-ahead points, to JuJu Smith-Schuster at 3:16 of the third quarter for Pittsburgh (3-4). Minkah Fitzpatrick had two interceptions.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21 of 34 passing for 190 yards, the two interceptions, and touchdowns to Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns for Miami (0-7).
On Pittsburgh’s first possession, Xavien Howard picked off a Rudolph pass, setting up the Dolphins at the Steelers 26. That drive ended with Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 5-yard out pass to Wilson and a 7-0 lead.
The Steelers’ next possession started off well enough, with Conner’s 25-yard run to the Miami 45 — the team’s longest run of the season. But Pittsburgh eventually turned the ball over on downs at the Dolphins’ 37.
Miami converted that into a 14-0 lead when Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Hurns for a 12-yard touchdown with 1:34 left in the first quarter, with Hurns breaking four tackles on his way to the end zone.
In the second quarter, Chris Boswell cut into the lead with a 42-yard field goal to make it 14-3.
Minkah Fitzpatrick — who was acquired by Pittsburgh in a September trade with Miami — intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick at midfield with 1:13 left in the first half. On third and 20, Rudolph and Johnson hooked up on a 45-yard touchdown play to make it 14-10 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Boswell missed what would have been a career-long 54-yard field goal after being 12 for 12 this year.
Minkah Fitzpatrick struck for his second interception, at the Steelers’ 3, setting up a 12-play scoring drive. Smith-Schuster went up over Miami’s Chris Lammons in tight coverage to make a 26-yard touchdown catch for a 17-14 Pittsburgh lead.
In the fourth quarter, Conner’s 9-yard scoring run up the middle extended the lead to 24-14, and Boswell’s 41-yarder made it 27-14.
—Field Level Media