For 29 of the game’s first 30 minutes, the Steelers were in control against the Bills. But then quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw up a pick of six and Buffalo got things going for a 26-15 win. Sunday night football.
Cornerback Taron Johnson secured Roethlisberger’s interception, sending him 51 yards into the end zone for the first touchdown of his career with just 52 seconds left in the first half.
Then wide receiver Stefon Diggs got hot in the third quarter. He made six receptions for 83 yards and one touchdown during the period, as Buffalo took a 23-7 lead. Diggs finished the game with 10 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown – good for a new career record in receiving yards with 1,167.
With his 10th catch, Diggs also became the first player this year to reach 100 receptions. This is the second time in his career that he has had at least 100.
The Steelers reduced the game to one possession early in the fourth quarter with a three-yard touchdown from Roethlisberger to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, as well as a successful two-point conversion from Roethlisberger to tight end Eric Ebron. But later in the fourth, cornerback Levi Wallace intercepted Roethlisberger to stop the Pittsburgh treatment.
The Bills used a 13-game practice that was 7:11 behind to finish the game.
Roethlisberger finished Game 21 of 37 passes for 187 yards with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions. Smith-Schuster was the first receiver, catching six passes for 55 yards. But the Pittsburgh running game was still a problem, scoring just 47 yards on 17 carries.
Allen completed 24 of 43 passes for 238 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He added 28 rushing yards in six attempts.
With the loss, the Steelers fall from the No. 1 seed in the AFC to 11-2. The Chiefs return to that position 12-1 after Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins.
At 10-3, Buffalo is one step closer to securing its Premier League title since 1995. The Bills will officially clinch a playoff berth if the Ravens lose to the Browns on Monday night.