Steelers top Falcons, knock dirty birds out of NFC South 1st place
ATLANTA (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger threw for 360 yards, William Gay returned an interception for a touchdown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27-20 Sunday.
The Steelers (9-5) remained a half-game behind Cincinnati in the AFC North with their second straight win. The Falcons (5-9) ensured themselves of a losing season and slipped out of first place in the NFC South.
Pittsburgh led 13-0 after Gay picked off Matt Ryan's pass over the middle on the first play of the second quarter, returning it 52 yards. The Steelers extended the lead to 27-13 with Le'Veon Bell's 1-yard run in the opening minute of the fourth period.
The Falcons made a game of it, pulling within a touchdown on Ryan's 4-yard pass to Roddy White. But the Steelers clinched the victory with their final possession, converting twice on third down to run out the clock.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Officials urge drivers to prepare ahead of holiday traffic Officials urge drivers...
Gas prices in Baton Rouge drop below $2 just in time for...
Massive crash shut down I-10 West for hours Monday
Local food bank may have to turn people away this season
Parish president threatens to build wall over downstream impact from EBR developments