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After an unexpected bye week, the Pittsburgh Steelers returned to Heinz Field in front of a limited crowd of 5,500 people, to take on a determined Philadelphia Eagles squad. After taking a commanding 31-17 lead midway in the third quarter, the Eagles stormed back, cutting the deficit to two points. In the end, the Steelers were able to score a late touchdown, and an interception on defense, to come away with a 38-29 victory over the Eagles.
Here are the players who stood out on both sides of the ball for the Steelers:
Wide Receiver Chase Claypool
What more can be said about the game Claypool had on Sunday afternoon? His numbers looked like this; seven receptions, 110 receiving yards, three receiving touchdowns, and one rushing touchdown. What makes this feat even more impressive, is the fact that he scored a touchdown in each quarter. Whether he was lined up in the slot or on the outside, he was a consummate threat all game long, and Ben Roethlisberger's most reliable target. When things seemed bleak offensively, he scored the touchdown that put them over the top.
During training camp, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin saw a young man that had "matured beyond his years". His performance today was indicative of a player continues to mature and evolve with each game.
Tight End Vance McDonald
So far this season, Vance McDonald has not put up any eye-opening offensive numbers. Yet, his blocking has been a catalyst to many of the Pittsburgh Steelers' big plays. The most notable example was his Block on Ray-Ray McCloud's 58-yard end-around play. McDonald's contributions to the offense may not always appear on a stat sheet, but if one were to look closely, he is one of the most important players on that unit.
Defensive End Stephon Tuitt
For most of the second half, the Pittsburgh Steelers pass rush was ineffective against Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, resulting in numerous completion which almost cost them the game. In this game, Tuitt was arguably their most consistent pass rusher. His sack late in the fourth quarter, as the Eagles were driving downfield, not only ruined their momentum, he also save them from a touchdown that could have given the Eagles the lead. He finished the game with five tackles, 1.5 sacks, and played a pivotal role in their win.
Cornerback Steven Nelson
There is no question that Nelson had his fair share of difficulties in coverage, namely against Philadelphia Eagles receiver Travis Fulgham. Yet when it mattered the most, Nelson came through with the interception that sealed the win for the Steelers. In all, he finished the game with two interceptions, along with six total tackles and two passes defended. This may not have been his best performance, but he made an impact when it counted.