SANTA CLARA, Calif. - UPDATE (7:25 PM) Pittsburgh lost the lead and it couldn't make a last minute drive to win.
The Steelers could not convert a 4th and 12, which resulted in their third straight loss to start the season. San Francisco (3-0) won, 24-20.
The #Steelers with FIVE takeaways but lose 24-20. Big challenge ahead digging out of an 0-3 hole #WPXI #Steelers ---Join us tonight around midnight (?) for a LIVE Subway @WPXIFinalWord w/ @MarkMaddenX @Steigerworld & @CarterCritiques on #WPXI— Alby Oxenreiter (@albyox) September 22, 2019
UPDATE (7 PM) The 49ers came back with a strong drive to retake the lead, the Steelers converted another long throw for a touchdown. Rudolph hit rookie Diontae Johnson for his first touchdown of his career.
Mason Rudolph goes DEEEP for Diontae Johnson for a 39-yard TD connection. Steelers take the lead 20-17 with 10:22 left in the ballgame.— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) September 22, 2019
UPDATE (6:25 PM) The Steelers finally got their offense going -- at least on one play. JuJu Smith-Schuster took a nice feed from Rudolph 76 yards to the end zone, giving Pittsburgh the 13-10 lead.
JuJu Smith-Schuster breaks a HUGE 76-yard touchdown as the Steelers take a 13-10 lead over the 49ers. Before the score, JuJu had 2 catches for 5 yards. #Steelers— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) September 22, 2019
UPDATE (6:05 PM) Mason Rudolph's first career start hasn't gone as planned so far. He threw an interception four plays into the second half, which led to a San Francisco touchdown.
Pittsburgh now trails, 10-6.
Despite the 4 turnovers, the 49ers have been the better offense and they just score the game's first TD. It's 10-6 San Francisco with 9:17 left in the 3rd qtr.— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) September 22, 2019
UPDATE (5:30 PM) Despite yet another turnover forced by Fitzpatrick -- bringing the total to four through the first quarter-and-a-half -- the Steelers have not gotten anything going on offense.
The 49ers cut the lead in half with a field goal in the second quarter.
UPDATE (4:50 PM) Minkah Fitzpatrick provided almost immediate dividends by picking off 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Another 3-and-out for the Steelers offense, however, ended with Boswell hitting another field goal.
Great field position results in another FG from Boswell. It's 6-0 Steelers with 2:04 remaining in the 1st qtr.— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) September 22, 2019
Steelers lead 6-0 with under five minutes left in the first quarter.
Minkah Fitzpatrick comes up with the INT on the 49ers third possession of the game. He returns it to the 24-yard-line. Offense needs to make SF pay.— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) September 22, 2019
UPDATE (4:30 PM) After an opportunistic interception by TJ Watt, Chris Boswell connected on a 46-yard field goal to put the Steelers up early, 3-0.
Chris Boswell 46-yard FG is good and the Steelers take a 3-0 lead over the 49ers.— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) September 22, 2019
T.J. Watt comes up with the interception. Mason Rudolph and the offense take over on the 49ers 33-yard-line. Phenomenal start for the Steelers.— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) September 22, 2019
The last time the San Francisco 49ers started with 30+ points in each of it's first 2 games was 1998.— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) September 22, 2019
2019: (2-0), 36 ppg, 413.5 ypg
1998: (2-0), 40.5 ppg, 530.5 ypg
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