The Pittsburgh Steelers win their first game of the season against the New York Giants, at Met-Life Stadium.
The Steelers overpowered the Giants this previous Monday, September 14, in week 1 of the NFL 2020 regular season, in a 26 to 16 victory. This game also marked the return of veteran Steeler quarterback Ben “Big Ben” Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury in 2019, which put fellow quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Devin “Duck” Hodges in the limelight of the 2019 season.
This is Roethlisberger’s first game since September of last year saw the 38-year-old quarterback have three passing touchdowns, 229 passing yards and nine rushing yards. Another star on offense for the Steelers was John Sherman “JuJu” Smith-Schuster, who had two receiving touchdowns and 69 yards.
The Steelers defense also contributed to the Steelers victory at Met-Life stadium, with two interceptions and three sacks.
Steeler Helmets Cause Controversy
As the Steelers celebrated a hard thought victory, there was discord with the team about the messages they wanted to send on Monday’s game.
In 2018, Antwon Rose was shot and killed by police in Pittsburgh, after being stopped because he fit the description of a car involved in a drive-by shooting. In honor of Rose’s memory, the Steelers decided to put Rose’s name on their helmets, all except two. Center Maurkice Pouncey, and offensive lineman, Alejandro Villanueva, covered Roses name on their helmets.
Villanueva even put the name of the war veteran on his helmet, over Rose’s. Villanueva served as an Army Ranger before joining the Steelers.
Tomlin approved of Villanueva’s decision and gave an official statement on Tuesday’s post-game press conference.
“As an organization, and myself as the head coach of the organization, we’re going to support our players however they chose to participate and express themselves, or to not participate or not express themselves, as long as they do so thoughtfully and with class,”
The Steelers play the Denver Bronco’s at Heinz Feild, Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 pm EST. This will the first Steeler home game with no fans attending in person.
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