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Roethlisberger said the touchdown to Brown required "total trust" because he risked an interception if the wide receiver didn't read the throw correctly. "You can't lean on one". Meanwhile, Tampa Bay (7-5) moved into the sixth and final playoff opening in the NFC after winning its fourth game in a row.

"We are who we are right now", McAdoo said. After that, he said, "it's (the offense's lack of) consistency".

"He's one of the best in the business, so we knew he needed to get his touches", Ben Roethlisberger said of Bell.

The Giants (8-4) are now three full games behind Dallas, whom they will face next Sunday in a game that has already been flexed to the evening slot on NBC. That score, which prompted Beckham's smile, came on a remarkable catch even with Janoris Jenkins all over him in tight coverage. "Just keep it moving".

The Steelers got that victory and did so in impressive fashion, limiting the Giants to 234 yards and turning Le'Veon Bell loose for 118 yards on 29 bruising carries in a 24-14 victory at Heinz Field.

NY briefly got back into it in the third quarter when Bell fumbled at the Pittsburgh 17 and Manning flipped a short pass to Rashad Jennings for a 13-yard score. Rather than try to overwhelm opponents with the firepower they showed during a 4-1 start, Pittsburgh has relied heavily on Bell and the defense to get back in the playoff picture.

The Steelers had all types of points added on to the board, with different types of ways to score. The tight end had 110 yards off just six targets, showing he can be a valuable addition to the Steelers' attack.

"After the game obviously, I was a little angry", Cruz said.

While the safety allowed simply knocking the pass down would have been the smarter play, he didn't exactly feel the need to apologize. The Giants' defense gave the offense chances, but it failed to capitalize.

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Despite being heavy underdogs against the No. 1 Buckeyes, No. 12 Michigan pulled off the stunning 24-12 upset in Michigan Stadium. The Big Ten is also represented in the rankings by Wisconsin at number-six, Penn State at number-seven and Nebraska at number-16.

Mike Tomlin has been working hard at fixing the multiple problems that he said were plaguing the Steelers a few weeks ago.

NY finally found the end zone again with 24 seconds to play on Manning's 1-yard toss to Sterling Shepard.

McAulay's crew that worked New York's game against Carolina last season in which Beckham and then-Panthers cornerback Josh Norman repeatedly drew flags for their confrontations.

Beckham took particular offense with an offensive pass interference call at the end of a first quarter, which he expected to go the other way. "We don't have control over any of that, and we have a process to gain clarification on calls that are made during the course of a game", McAdoo said. He had just one catch for 10 yards on a single target after the first two quarters.

Pittsburgh rookie nose tackle Javon Hargrave and safety Shamarko Thomas both entered the concussion protocol and missed the second half.

Foster yanked Sheppard away and threw him down, prompting Giants end Olivier Vernon to give Foster a shove to the chest before members of both teams swarmed. The Steelers rushed for 117 yards and possessed the ball for 34:08.

Kicker Randy Bullock had an impressive start to his Steelers career, making all three of his field goal attempts and providing deep kickoffs. Against good teams? The Giants are 1-4.

It didn't take long for the Steelers to pick up on Manning's tendencies and once Cruz and largely Shepard weren't an issue they could focus their attention on attacking Manning and minimizing the damage Beckham Jr. could do.


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