Revisiting Steelers wild 2014 victory in last home game against the Texans

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

The Steelers play their first home against the Houston Texans since 2014 this Sunday. It might be fun  take a walk down memory lane and look at the last game the Steelers played at home against the Texans.

If this game bears any resemblance to the 2014 game, the Texans played in Pittsburgh Steelers faithful could be in for a treat. In the previous meeting at Heinz Field, the Steelers scored three touchdowns within 73 seconds and beat the Texans 30-23. You can see the highlights here.

How did the Steelers pull off this feat? With skill and a bit of luck and of course some trickery. Late in the 2nd quarter, the Texans led 13-0. With 3:08 left in the 2nd quarter, Shaun Suisham kicked a field goal narrowing the Texan’s lead to ten points. Then, the Texans played perhaps the worst 73 seconds in NFL history.

With less than two minutes left, Big Ben led one of his famous last-minute drives down the field. He hit Martavious Bryant on a 35-yard touchdown pass. His first Touchdown as a Steeler.

If things couldn’t get crazier, they did. After the ensuing kickoff, the Texans had the ball inside their five-yard line. The Texans then fumbled on the subsequent rushing attempt. Upon the official’s review, the Steelers recovered at the Texan’s three-yard line.

Then Mike Tomlin reached into his bag of tricks. On the next play, Ben Roethlisberger flipped the ball to Antonio Brown, who started rushing right then rolled back to his left fired and hit Lance Moore on a three-yard touchdown pass with 1:03 left in the first half. However, the fireworks were not over yet.

The Texans got the ball again. Conventional wisdom would dictate run up the middle, run the clock down, take a knee and end the first half. Nope, not at all. Ryan Fitzpatrick drops back and passes. It deflects of Brett Keisel’s shoulder pad, hits Lawrence Timmons, and right back into the arms of Brett Keisel, who rambles back to the Texan’s eight yard-line. With 14 seconds remaining, Ben Roethlisberger then hits Le’Veon Bell on a 2-yard pass for another six points. Within 73 seconds, the Steelers had a 24-13 lead.

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When the Steelers play the Texans this Sunday, it’s unlikely they will score another three touchdowns in 73 seconds. However, it is highly possible, given their performance for the last two weeks,  the Steelers could have another decisive victory under their belt, just not with a circus act as part of the game. Yet when it comes to the Steelers you never know what will happen Sunday.