The textual content message Steelers large receiver Chase Claypool acquired from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Friday couldn’t have been extra direct.
“I simply informed him simply maintain doing what you’re doing and also you’re going to have an enormous sport,” Roethlisberger stated.
A historic one too.
Claypool scored 4 touchdowns, together with the clincher on a 35-yard dart from Roethlisberger with 2:59 to go, and the Steelers remained unbeaten with a 38-29 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
The 22-year-old second-round pick of Notre Dame dashed into the top zone on a 2-yard jet sweep within the first quarter, sprinted away from defenders on a 32-yard catch-and-run within the second, danced throughout the aim line on a 5-yard large receiver display within the third and completed off Philadelphia within the fourth when Roethlisberger audibled to a play Claypool had by no means run earlier than, at the least whereas lined up within the slot.
On the snap, nevertheless, the 6-foot-4, 238-pounder from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, by no means hesitated, racing previous overmatched Eagles linebacker Nate Gerry and into the top zone.
On the snap, nevertheless, the 6-foot-4, 238-pounder from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, by no means hesitated, racing previous overmatched Eagles linebacker Nate Gerry and into the top zone.’It wasn’t an ideal efficiency by any stretch, however we’re not on the lookout for good. We’re seeking to be ok to win.’ – Coach Mike Tomlin on the Steelers win over the Eagles at this time @heinzfield
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“We modified the play,” Roethlisberger stated. “I can’t say sufficient about Chase getting down the center of the sector and make a play for us.”
Claypool grew to become the primary Steelers participant to attain 4 occasions in a sport since large receiver Roy Jefferson did it in 1968. He’s additionally the primary rookie since at the least 1950 to catch three touchdowns and add one other on the bottom and the primary Canadian to have three scoring tosses in a single sport since Joe Rooney of the Duluth Eskimos on Oct. 23, 1927, six years earlier than the Steelers had been established and greater than seven many years earlier than Claypool was born.
“It’s positively insane, it’s loopy,” stated Claypool, who hauled in seven passes for 110 yards and added 6 yards dashing on three carries. “However I don’t actually like to consider breaking data or making historical past. It’s tremendous cool however it’s not one thing I am going into the sport pondering ‘I’m going to attempt to make historical past at this time.’”
The Steelers (4-0) wanted each one in all them after practically squandering a 17-point third-quarter lead whereas letting the Eagles (1-3-1) convert 10 straight third downs.
Carson Wentz threw for 258 yards and two scores to go along with two interceptions and moved Philadelphia in place to take the lead with simply over three minutes to play. Jake Elliott’s 57-yard field-goal try drifted proper, nevertheless, and Roethlisberger turned to Claypool one final time.
Pittsburgh took over and a private foul facemask by the Eagles pushed the Steelers into Philadelphia territory. Dealing with third-and-8 from the Eagles 35, Claypool — who’d had a landing earlier within the quarter referred to as again on account of what he referred to as an “terrible” offensive go interference name — listened to Roethlisberger’s directions and located himself towards the smaller, slower Gerry. Subsequent factor he knew Roethlisberger was wanting his method — once more — and he was ultimately zone.
“You’ve acquired to make these performs,” Claypool stated. “(Roethlisberger) is trusting you. He’s placing the ball the place it must be. You make the performs and the belief builds quicker.”
Eagles operating again Miles Sanders ran for 80 yards and two scores in his return to his hometown. Travis Fulgham caught 10 passes for 152 yards and a landing to offer Philadelphia’s injury-ravaged receiving group a wanted enhance however the protection compelled only one punt after the primary quarter and allowed the Steelers to transform 11 of 15 third downs.
“We have to get off the sector and get a win,” Eagles defensive sort out Fletcher Cox stated.
Regardless of the loss, Philadelphia stays within the thick of issues within the terrible NFC East, the place no crew has a profitable file.
“We’re so shut,” Wentz stated. “We will get this rotated. I’m assured we’ll. We’re pissed off. Don’t get me improper. This isn’t the place we need to be. I’ve confidence within the teaching workers and gamers to make things better and get going.”
A showdown between two of the most effective pass-rushing groups within the NFL by no means actually materialized. The Steelers sacked Wentz 5 occasions to increase their streak of consecutive video games with a sack to 61, the fourth longest in NFL historical past. The Eagles, who got here in main the league in sacks this season, solely managed to take Roethlisberger down as soon as.
Roethlisberger gave credit score to each the Steelers offensive line and offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, who “threw the kitchen sink” at Philadelphia to be able to sluggish up the entrance seven.
“These guys up entrance actually acquired after us at this time, made some issues uncomfortable for us, so we needed to throw some totally different seems and totally different formations and reverses and personnel,” stated Roethlisberger, who accomplished 27 of 34 passes for 239 yards and the three scores to Claypool. “And we persevered.”
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Eagles: OL Lane Johnson was carted to the locker room within the third quarter with an ankle damage. Johnson has been coping with a balky ankle all season and underwent a process final week to take away a cyst that had been bothering him. LB Duke Reily left within the fourth quarter with an undisclosed damage.
Steelers: Misplaced Professional Bowl left guard David DeCastro within the first quarter with an stomach damage. Rookie Kevin Dotson stuffed in. WR Diontae Johnson left with a again damage and didn’t return getting hit awkwardly throughout a first-quarter punt return.
Eagles: Begin a three-game homestand subsequent Sunday towards Baltimore.
Steelers: End a stretch of 4 straight video games at Heinz Subject after they host Cleveland subsequent Sunday.
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