Defensive backs were guilty of major mistakes to set up scores and the secondary repeatedly allowed big plays. A lot of fault lies with the absence of front-four pressure but when a quarterback throws for 406 yards as Ben Roethlisberger did, it’s a collaborative effort.
Chris Conte was late providing deep support that allowed a 45-yard completion to Antonio Brown that led to a field goal. Tim Jennings had decent position on Brown but let the receiver drift too far behind him and was off on a leap, giving Brown a 33-yard TD catch. Jennings took a bad angle in run support to help allow a 25-yard run by Jonathan Dwyer.
Charles Tillman was beaten cleanly by Antonio Brown for a 21-yard TD pass with a one-handed catch. Tillman’s performance also included a tackle for loss. Isaiah Frey generated some impact with blitzes, one to blow up a run, and was credited with six solo tackles in extended duty vs. a Steelers team using nickel extensively after falling behind early.
After the Steelers were given life by a roughing-the-punter penalty, Roethlisberger burned the Bears for completions of 22 and 33 yards in the span of three plays.
But Major Wright accounted for 10 points, with a TD return of a second-quarter interception and a forced fumble in the third quarter that led to a field goal.
Moon's Grade: C