Chris Boswell’s 37-yard field goal won it for the Steelers with 2:50 remaining in the 10-minute overtime. The Steelers recovered a fumble by Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, forced by T.J. Watt, after each team had punted once in overtime.
The game had somber and harrowing moments in the fourth quarter when Seahawks defensive end Darrell Taylor was placed on a stretcher and taken from the field on a cart after being injured on a running play. Players on both teams gathered on the field as medical personnel tended to Taylor.
Taylor left the stadium in an ambulance to be taken to a nearby hospital. He was alert and had movement in his arms and legs, according to the Seahawks.
“The CT scans were clear,” Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said during his postgame news conference. “So that’s a really good preliminary report for you. There’s more tests to be done and stuff like that. So we’re thrilled about that news.”
Taylor wanted to leave the field under his own power, according to Carroll.
“He was so mad about having to be taken off the field like that,” Carroll said. “He wanted to get up. They just wouldn’t let him do it because they had to do all of the secure methods to take care of him and all that. Man, he didn’t want any part of that.”
Ryan Shazier, the former Steelers linebacker whose NFL career was ended by a spinal cord injury suffered during a 2017 game, wrote on Twitter: “I pray Taylor is okay. God is strong he will help us over come all obstacles.”
Tomlin said during his news conference: “We send our thoughts and prayers to Taylor … and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
The fourth quarter ended amid confusion. Seahawks kicker Jason Myers connected on a 43-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to tie the score at 20.
That came after Smith completed a pass to wide receiver DK Metcalf, who lost a fumble. Wideout Freddie Swain made the recovery for the Seahawks, who were out of timeouts and rushed to line up to spike the ball. The scoreboard clock reached zero.
But the officials announced that the play with the fumble and recovery was under review. They placed three seconds on the clock after confirming that the catch, fumble and recovery stood as called. The Seahawks lined up and Smith spiked the ball to stop the clock with two seconds remaining. Seattle’s field goal team came on and Myers tied the game. Tomlin was incensed on the sideline at the officials. He still was seething later.
“I hated it,” said Tomlin, a member of the NFL’s competition committee. “I just … hated it. I cannot believe that game was stopped to confirm catch-no catch in that moment. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Asked what explanation he had received from the officials, Tomlin said: “That’s all I’m going to say. It was an embarrassment.”
Watt, the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player, had a sack to end the Seahawks’ first drive of overtime, then caused Smith’s fumble on a sack on Seattle’s next possession to set up the winning field goal.
“That’s how he’s compensated. … I don’t think anyone is surprised by his ability to deliver in those moments,” Tomlin said.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 229 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers evened their record at 3-3, winning their second straight game following a three-game skid. They led 14-0 at halftime on Roethlisberger’s touchdown pass to rookie running back Najee Harris and tight end Eric Ebron’s end-around touchdown run.
The Seahawks rallied, even with Wilson watching from the sideline after undergoing surgery for the injury to his middle finger that he suffered 10 days earlier during a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson missed a game for the first time during an NFL career that began in 2012. He had started 149 straight regular season games and 16 more in the postseason on his way to becoming a Super Bowl winner and an eight-time Pro Bowl selection.
Tailback Alex Collins provided a touchdown run and Smith threw a touchdown pass to tight end Will Dissly in the third quarter. The Seahawks pulled even at 17 on a field goal by Myers early in the fourth quarter.
But they failed to capitalize on a recovery they were awarded, via a replay review, on a fumble by Roethlisberger that originally had been ruled an incomplete pass. The Seahawks took possession at the Pittsburgh 35-yard line but were pushed backward by a holding penalty and punted.
Boswell’s 52-yard field goal put the Steelers ahead 20-17 with 1:30 left in regulation, setting up the furious sequence to close the fourth quarter and the overtime drama.
“This was a heck of a football game tonight,” Carroll said. “The illustration that it shows us [is] that it ain’t ever over. … The hard part is we lose. And I can’t help these guys with that one. All the effort, all the plays, all the come-through and the heart and all that kind of stuff — you know, okay, but we didn’t win. That’s the game.”