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Pittsburgh Steelers 30-27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Steelers hold off late Bucs rally

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-09-25 15:00:21

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.

Capping a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an assistant coach on the sidelines and stirring talk of a trade on social media, the Steelers (1-1-1) built a 20-point lead before holding on for their first win.

Vance McDonald scored on a 75-yard pass play and finished with four catches for 112 yards, while Brown and Ryan Switzer also had first-half touchdown receptions for Pittsburgh, who led 30-10 at half-time.

The Steelers defense forced four turnovers, including three first-half interceptions - one returned for a touchdown - of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the 35-year-old journeyman who threw for 819 yards and eight touchdowns in two victories to open Tampa Bay's season.

Fitzpatrick tossed fourth-quarter TD passes to Chris Godwin and Mike Evans to rally the Bucs (2-1) to within three points at 30-27, with still more than five minutes remaining but the Steelers ultimately held on for a vital win.

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FIRST QUARTER

Steelers 0-7 Buccaneers: Ryan Fitzpatrick four-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brate (Chandler Catanzaro extra point good)

Steelers 6-7 Buccaneers: Ben Roethlisberger 75-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald (Chris Boswell missed extra point)

SECOND QUARTER

Steelers 9-7 Buccaneers: Boswell 38-yard field goal

Steelers 16-7 Buccaneers: Roethlisberger 27-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown (Boswell extra point good)

Steelers 23-7 Buccaneers: Bud Dupree 10-yard interception return for a TD (Boswell extra point good)

Steelers 23-10 Buccaneers: Catanzaro 21-yard field goal

Steelers 30-10 Buccaneers: Roethlisberger one-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Switzer (Boswell extra point good)

THIRD QUARTER

Steelers 30-13 Buccaneers: Catanzaro 28-yard field goal

FOURTH QUARTER

Steelers 30-20 Buccaneers: Fitzpatrick four-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin (Catanzaro extra point good)

Steelers 30-27 Buccaneers: Fitzpatrick 24-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans (Prater extra point good)

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