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Seattle Seahawks 20-23 Pittsburgh Steelers: TJ Watt fired from Geno Smith in overtime kicks winner |  NFL News

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Darrell Taylor was taken to a nearby hospital after suffering an apparent neck injury as he attempted to tackle Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris late in the fourth quarter ; NBC reported that Taylor had movement in her extremities.

Last update: 10/18/21 6:17 am

TJ Watt celebrates his key Geno Smith purse that helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win the game

Chris Boswell kicked a 37-yard field goal to see the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Seattle Seahawks without Russell Wilson 23-20 in overtime in Sunday Night Football.

History of the game

TJ Watt produced the tie-breaker of the game as he sacked Wilson’s QB replacement Geno Smith with just over four minutes of overtime. Two plays later and Boswell shot his kick through the uprights.

Smith also had a decent outing in his first NFL start since 2017, completing 23 of his 32 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown. Seahawks running back Alex Collins, meanwhile, has run 20 times for 101 yards and one score.

Seattle Seahawks 20-23 Pittsburgh Steelers: TJ Watt fired from Geno Smith in overtime kicks winner |  NFL News

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That said, Seattle’s offense was slow to start and they led Pittsburgh 14-0 at halftime before returning to the game after the break.

Jason Myers kicked a 43-yard field goal at the end of time to send the game into overtime tied at 20-20, although the Seahawks almost missed their chance to do so.

With 18 seconds left, DK Metcalf caught a 12-yard pass from Smith, but instead of going out of bounds to stop the clock, he tried to come up the field and fumbled for the soccer ball. Luckily, teammate Freddie Swain was on hand to recuperate and Seattle managed to steal the ball in time to give up precious seconds to Myers’ kick.

But, following Smith’s breakaway in overtime, the Steelers ultimately clinched the win to 3-3 this season, while the Seahawks drop to 2-4.

More concerning for Seattle, however, will be the injury to defensive end Darrell Taylor, who was strapped to a stretcher and taken off the pitch after suffering an apparent neck injury as he attempted to tackle the running back. Steelers Najee Harris at the end of the fourth quarter.

Taylor was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, with CNB signaling that he had movements in his extremities.

Statistics leaders


  • Passes: Geno Smith, 23/32, 209 yards, 1 TD
  • Rushing: Alex Collins, 20 carries, 101 yards, 1 TD
  • Reception: DK Metcalf, six catches, 58 yards


  • Passes: Ben Roethlisberger, 29/40, 229 yards, 1 TD
  • Rushing: Najee Harris, 24 carries, 81 yards
  • Receive: Diontae Johnson, nine catches, 71 yards

Rating summary

Rating summary

Seahawks 0-7 Steelers Five-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Najee Harris (extra point)
Seahawks 0-14 Steelers Eric Ebron running a TD by one yard (extra point)
Seahawks 714 Steelers Alex Collins two-yard TD run (extra point)
Seahawks 7-17 Steelers Chris Boswell’s 27-yard field goal
Seahawks 14-17 Steelers Pass from a TD from Geno Smith to Will Dissly (extra point)
Seahawks 17-17 Steelers Jason Myers 40-yard field goal
Seahawks 17-20 Steelers Chris Boswell’s 52-yard field goal
Seahawks 20-20 Steelers Jason Myers 43-yard field goal
Seahawks 20-23 Steelers Chris Boswell’s 37-yard field goal

Key games

It was a two-half story, certainly when it comes to Seattle’s offense in this contest. The Seahawks had just 55 total yards when they came in at halftime behind their hosts 14-0.

Pittsburgh had also started slowly on offense before impressive rookie Najee Harris opened the scoring on a five-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 10 minutes left in the second quarter. Tight end Eric Ebron then scored on a one-yard run during the Steelers’ next possession.

But the Seahawks came back to life after the break, beating their first-half offensive stats in their first heat as Collins scored on a two-yard rush to cap a 75-yard run.

The Steelers responded with a first home goal from Boswell, who shot from 27 yards, but when Seattle scored again in their next round – Smith finding tight end Will Dissly in the zone. ‘in-goal a yard – visitors were suddenly behind by just three.

Jason Myers kicked a basket for 40 yards to tie the game at 17 apiece, then Roethlisberger fumbled for Pittsburgh’s next possession, although the Seahawks couldn’t capitalize on the turnover.

Boswell edged out the Steelers with a 52-yard effort with 90 seconds left, but that was enough time for Seattle to send the game into overtime – despite Metcalf’s trial and error that nearly caused things to fail.

After both teams kicked off their opening possessions in overtime, Pittsburgh rusher Watt came up with the tie-breaker, stripping Smith to set up the game winner from Boswell.

And after?

The Steelers (3-3) are now heading into their week off before heading to Cleveland in Week 8 for an AFC North divisional clash against the Browns (3-3). The Seahawks (2-4), meanwhile, have a Monday Night Football meeting with the New Orleans Saints (3-2) next week.

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