ORCHARD PARK (AP) – Ben roethlisberger and the renewed offensive of the Steelers overcame a slow start, Ulysees Gilberte returned a blocked punt for a 9-yard touchdown and Pittsburgh came from behind to start his campaign with a victory on Sunday 23-16 over the Buffalo bills.
Down 10-0, the Steelers scored points on their first four possessions of the second half, and Roethlisberger put Pittsburgh with definite advantage when finding for a touchdown of five yards to Diontae Johnson.
Johnson was unable to control the ball at first, but managed to secure the ball just before leaving the field after 3:41 of the fourth period. The Steelers They increased their lead to 20-10 just 90 seconds later, when Miles Killebrew entered through the middle to block Matt Haack’s punt. Gilbert took the ball and ran the 9 yards to the end zone without major hindrance.
To kick off his 18th – and perhaps final – season, Roethlisberger made his 36th career comeback in the fourth quarter to tie Drew Brees for third on the all-time list. He finished with 18 completions of 32 attempts for 188 yards and a touchdown.
Chris Boswell made all three of his field goal attempts, including a 45-yard kick with 2:42 left that sentenced the game.
The Steelers they defeated the Bills after falling before Buffalo in each of the last two seasons.
In a duel between divisional champions from the previous season, the offense of the Bills stalled after an offseason in which they were singled out by many as Super Bowl contenders.
The offensive dynamics of Buffalo with Allen at the controls he was never able to take off. Allen finished with 30-of-51 completions for 270 yards and a 3-yard touchdown pass to Gabriel Davis in the final seconds of the first half.