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Minnesota 36, Pittsburgh 28
When: 8:20 PM ET, Thursday, December 9, 2021
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Temperature: Dome
Head Official: Clete Blakeman
Attendance: 66718
Final Scoring Summary
 
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Pittsburgh 0072128
Minnesota 6176736
1st Quarter
1Q 15:00 Minnesota
PIT 35 9-C. Boswell kicks 65 yards, touchback.
1 and 10 - MIN 25 15:00 8-K. Cousins pass to 18-J. Jefferson for 8 yards, forced out of bounds.
2 and 2 - MIN 33 14:27 8-K. Cousins pass to 18-J. Jefferson for 5 yards, forced out of bounds.
1 and 10 - MIN 38 13:51 33-D. Cook rush for 20 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 42 13:14 33-D. Cook rush for 4 yards.
2 and 6 - PIT 38 12:35 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 18-J. Jefferson.
3 and 6 - PIT 38 12:28 PENALTY on Minnesota, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at PIT 38 - No play.
3 and 11 - PIT 43 12:28 8-K. Cousins pass to 17-K. Osborn for 8 yards.
4 and 3 - PIT 35 11:47 1-G. Joseph 53 yard field goal is NO GOOD.
1Q 11:47 Pittsburgh
1 and 10 - PIT 43 11:43 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 14-R. McCloud for 7 yards.
2 and 3 - 50 11:07 22-N. Harris rush for 2 yards.
3 and 1 - MIN 48 10:22 22-N. Harris rush for 3 yards.
1 and 10 - MIN 45 9:41 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 11-C. Claypool for 6 yards. PENALTY on Pittsburgh, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced between downs.
2 and 19 - PIT 46 9:06 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 14-R. McCloud.
3 and 19 - PIT 46 9:01 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 18-D. Johnson for 15 yards.
4 and 4 - MIN 39 8:13 7-B. Roethlisberger rush for 5 yards. PENALTY on Minnesota, Defensive Holding, 5 yards, enforced at MIN 34.
1 and 10 - MIN 29 7:43 24-B. Snell Jr. rush for -2 yards.
2 and 12 - MIN 31 6:58 7-B. Roethlisberger, sacked for 7 yards (58-M. Pierce), fumble by 7-B. Roethlisberger, RECOVERED by 7-B. Roethlisberger returned for no gain. Pittsburgh challenged the ruling, and the play was UPHELD.
3 and 18 - MIN 37 6:16 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 18-D. Johnson for 6 yards.
4 and 12 - MIN 31 5:36 9-C. Boswell 49 yard field goal is NO GOOD.
1Q 5:36 Minnesota
1 and 10 - MIN 39 5:32 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 18-J. Jefferson.
2 and 10 - MIN 39 5:29 33-D. Cook rush for 30 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 31 4:50 25-A. Mattison rush for 14 yards, forced out of bounds.
1 and 10 - PIT 17 4:13 25-A. Mattison rush for 3 yards.
2 and 7 - PIT 14 3:37 8-K. Cousins pass to 18-J. Jefferson for 14 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
1-G. Joseph extra point is NO GOOD.
PIT 0    MIN 6    Plays: 5    Possession: 1:59
1Q 3:37 Pittsburgh
MIN 35 1-G. Joseph kicks 65 yards, touchback.
1 and 10 - PIT 25 3:31 18-D. Johnson rush for 7 yards.
2 and 3 - PIT 32 2:53 11-C. Claypool rush for 2 yards.
3 and 1 - PIT 34 2:35 22-N. Harris rush for -1 yard.
4 and 2 - PIT 34 1:55 6-P. Harvin III punts 40 yards, 12-D. Westbrook returns for 16 yards.
1Q 1:55 Minnesota
1 and 10 - MIN 43 1:45 8-K. Cousins pass to 18-J. Jefferson for 18 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 39 1:13 33-D. Cook rush for 3 yards.
2 and 7 - PIT 36 0:38 33-D. Cook rush for 16 yards.
END QUARTER 1
2nd Quarter
Minnesota continued...
1 and 10 - PIT 20 15:00 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 25-A. Mattison.
2 and 10 - PIT 20 14:57 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 33-D. Cook.
3 and 10 - PIT 20 14:52 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 18-J. Jefferson.
4 and 10 - PIT 20 14:47 1-G. Joseph 38 yard field goal is GOOD.
PIT 0    MIN 9    Plays: 7    Possession: 2:08
2Q 14:47 Pittsburgh
MIN 35 1-G. Joseph kicks 65 yards, touchback.
1 and 10 - PIT 25 14:43 7-B. Roethlisberger, sacked for 9 yards (96-A. Watts).
2 and 19 - PIT 16 14:01 22-N. Harris rush for 3 yards.
3 and 16 - PIT 19 13:15 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 13-J. Washington.
4 and 16 - PIT 19 13:11 6-P. Harvin III punts 49 yards, 12-D. Westbrook returns for 12 yards, ran out of bounds. PENALTY on Minnesota, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at MIN 32.
2Q 13:11 Minnesota
1 and 10 - MIN 22 13:01 8-K. Cousins pass to 18-J. Jefferson for 22 yards.
1 and 10 - MIN 44 12:23 33-D. Cook rush for 15 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 41 11:43 25-A. Mattison rush for 6 yards. PENALTY on Minnesota, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at PIT 41 - No play.
1 and 20 - MIN 49 11:17 8-K. Cousins pass to 83-T. Conklin for 19 yards.
2 and 1 - PIT 32 10:43 25-A. Mattison rush for 3 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 29 10:02 33-D. Cook rush for 29 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
1-G. Joseph extra point is GOOD. PENALTY on Minnesota, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced between downs.
PIT 0    MIN 16    Plays: 5    Possession: 3:09
2Q 10:02 Pittsburgh
4 and 2 - MIN 35 1-G. Joseph kicks 69 yards, 14-R. McCloud returns for 23 yards. PENALTY on Pittsburgh, Illegal Contact, 15 yards, enforced at PIT 34.
1 and 10 - PIT 19 9:49 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 11-C. Claypool for 5 yards, forced out of bounds.
2 and 5 - PIT 24 9:14 22-N. Harris rush for -2 yards.
3 and 7 - PIT 22 8:28 7-B. Roethlisberger, sacked for 7 yards (22-H. Smith).
4 and 14 - PIT 15 7:46 6-P. Harvin III punts 45 yards, ball out of bounds.
2Q 7:46 Minnesota
1 and 10 - MIN 40 7:39 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 17-K. Osborn.
2 and 10 - MIN 40 7:35 33-D. Cook rush for 9 yards.
3 and 1 - MIN 49 6:58 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 18-J. Jefferson.
4 and 1 - MIN 49 6:52 8-K. Cousins rush for 3 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 48 6:28 33-D. Cook rush for 3 yards.
2 and 7 - PIT 45 5:50 8-K. Cousins pass to 89-C. Herndon for 17 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 28 5:13 33-D. Cook rush for no gain.
2 and 10 - PIT 28 4:34 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 17-K. Osborn.
Pittsburgh timeout at 4:28
3 and 10 - PIT 28 4:28 8-K. Cousins pass to 17-K. Osborn for 13 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 15 3:43 33-D. Cook rush for 1 yard.
2 and 9 - PIT 14 3:05 33-D. Cook rush for 7 yards.
3 and 2 - PIT 7 2:25 33-D. Cook rush for 7 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
1-G. Joseph extra point is GOOD.
PIT 0    MIN 23    Plays: 12    Possession: 5:21
2Q 2:25 Pittsburgh
MIN 35 1-G. Joseph kicks 65 yards, touchback.
1 and 10 - PIT 25 2:20 22-N. Harris rush for 9 yards. PENALTY on Minnesota, Horse-collar Tackle, 15 yards, enforced at PIT 34.
1 and 10 - PIT 49 2:01 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 18-D. Johnson.
Two minute warning
2 and 10 - PIT 49 2:00 22-N. Harris rush for 3 yards. PENALTY on Pittsburgh, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at PIT 48.
2 and 17 - MIN 42 1:52 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 11-C. Claypool for 6 yards, forced out of bounds.
3 and 11 - PIT 48 1:48 7-B. Roethlisberger, sacked for -9 yards (54-E. Kendricks).
Minnesota timeout at 1:42
4 and 20 - PIT 42 1:42 6-P. Harvin III punts 49 yards, fair catch by 12-D. Westbrook.
2Q 1:42 Minnesota
1 and 10 - MIN 12 1:35 8-K. Cousins pass to 18-J. Jefferson for no gain.
2 and 10 - MIN 12 1:01 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 17-K. Osborn.
3 and 10 - MIN 12 0:57 33-D. Cook rush for 9 yards.
Pittsburgh timeout at 0:51
4 and 1 - MIN 21 0:51 3-J. Berry punts 46 yards, fair catch by 14-R. McCloud.
2Q 0:51 Pittsburgh
1 and 10 - PIT 33 0:44 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 18-D. Johnson for 6 yards.
2 and 4 - PIT 39 0:21 PENALTY on Pittsburgh, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at PIT 39 - No play.
Minnesota timeout at 0:09
2 and 9 - PIT 34 0:09 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 88-P. Freiermuth for 17 yards.
END QUARTER 2
3rd Quarter
3Q 15:00 Pittsburgh
MIN 35 1-G. Joseph kicks 65 yards, 14-R. McCloud returns for 33 yards, forced out of bounds. PENALTY on Pittsburgh, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at PIT 22.
1 and 10 - PIT 12 14:53 22-N. Harris rush for 4 yards.
2 and 6 - PIT 16 14:13 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 18-D. Johnson.
3 and 6 - PIT 16 14:09 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 22-N. Harris for 4 yards. PENALTY on Minnesota, Defensive Offside, 5 yards, enforced at PIT 16 - No play.
3 and 1 - PIT 21 13:39 PENALTY on Pittsburgh, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at PIT 21 - No play.
3 and 6 - PIT 16 13:16 7-B. Roethlisberger, sacked for 8 yards (90-S. Richardson).
4 and 14 - PIT 8 12:38 6-P. Harvin III punts 41 yards, 12-D. Westbrook returns for 15 yards.
3Q 12:38 Minnesota
1 and 10 - PIT 34 12:25 8-K. Cousins pass to 83-T. Conklin for 1 yard.
2 and 9 - PIT 33 11:53 33-D. Cook rush for 8 yards.
3 and 1 - PIT 25 11:13 25-A. Mattison rush for 5 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 20 10:32 18-J. Jefferson rush for -4 yards.
2 and 14 - PIT 24 9:49 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 33-D. Cook.
3 and 14 - PIT 24 9:45 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 17-K. Osborn.
4 and 14 - PIT 24 9:41 1-G. Joseph 42 yard field goal is GOOD.
PIT 0    MIN 26    Plays: 7    Possession: 2:57
3Q 9:41 Pittsburgh
MIN 35 1-G. Joseph kicks 67 yards, 14-R. McCloud returns for 17 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 15 9:31 22-N. Harris rush for 4 yards.
2 and 6 - PIT 19 9:03 22-N. Harris rush for 23 yards, forced out of bounds.
1 and 10 - PIT 42 8:32 7-B. Roethlisberger pass intended for 18-D. Johnson, INTERCEPTED by 21-B. Breeland at PIT 48, returned for 18 yards, ran out of bounds.
3Q 8:32 Minnesota
1 and 10 - PIT 30 8:22 33-D. Cook rush for 7 yards.
2 and 3 - PIT 23 7:44 33-D. Cook rush for 14 yards, forced out of bounds.
1 and goal - PIT 9 7:07 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 17-K. Osborn. PENALTY on Pittsburgh, Unnecessary Roughness, 5 yards, enforced at PIT 9 - No play.
1 and goal - PIT 4 7:02 33-D. Cook rush for -3 yards.
2 and goal - PIT 7 6:26 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 18-J. Jefferson.
3 and goal - PIT 7 6:22 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 18-J. Jefferson.
4 and goal - PIT 7 6:18 1-G. Joseph 25 yard field goal is GOOD.
PIT 0    MIN 29    Plays: 6    Possession: 2:14
3Q 6:18 Pittsburgh
MIN 35 1-G. Joseph kicks 65 yards, touchback.
1 and 10 - PIT 25 6:15 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 14-R. McCloud.
2 and 10 - PIT 25 6:12 22-N. Harris rush for 8 yards.
3 and 2 - PIT 33 5:46 22-N. Harris rush for 3 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 36 5:11 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 13-J. Washington for 29 yards.
1 and 10 - MIN 35 4:29 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 14-R. McCloud for 5 yards.
2 and 5 - MIN 30 4:04 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 14-R. McCloud for 12 yards, forced out of bounds. PENALTY on Pittsburgh, Ineligible Downfield Pass, 5 yards, enforced at MIN 30 - No play.
2 and 10 - MIN 35 3:44 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 13-J. Washington for -2 yards. PENALTY on Minnesota, Taunting, 15 yards, enforced at MIN 37.
1 and 10 - MIN 22 3:22 22-N. Harris rush for 11 yards, forced out of bounds.
1 and 10 - MIN 11 2:57 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 13-J. Washington for 8 yards.
2 and 2 - MIN 3 2:20 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 18-D. Johnson.
3 and 2 - MIN 3 2:15 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 22-N. Harris for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
9-C. Boswell extra point is GOOD.
PIT 7    MIN 29    Plays: 10    Possession: 4:03
3Q 2:15 Minnesota
PIT 35 9-C. Boswell kicks 65 yards, touchback.
1 and 10 - MIN 25 2:11 8-K. Cousins pass intended for 18-J. Jefferson, INTERCEPTED by 25-A. Witherspoon at MIN 46, returned for 4 yards.
3Q 2:11 Pittsburgh
1 and 10 - MIN 42 2:03 22-N. Harris rush for 13 yards.
1 and 10 - MIN 29 1:34 22-N. Harris rush for 1 yard.
2 and 9 - MIN 28 0:57 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 11-C. Claypool.
3 and 9 - MIN 28 0:52 PENALTY on Minnesota, Neutral Zone Infraction, 5 yards, enforced at MIN 28 - No play.
3 and 4 - MIN 23 0:52 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 11-C. Claypool for 14 yards.
1 and goal - MIN 9 0:18 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 14-R. McCloud for 1 yard, forced out of bounds.
END QUARTER 3
4th Quarter
Pittsburgh continued...
2 and goal - MIN 8 15:00 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 18-D. Johnson.
3 and goal - MIN 8 14:55 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 18-D. Johnson. PENALTY on Minnesota, Defensive Pass Interference, 7 yards, enforced at MIN 8 - No play.
1 and goal - MIN 1 14:52 22-N. Harris rush for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
9-C. Boswell extra point is GOOD.
PIT 14    MIN 29    Plays: 7    Possession: 2:19
4Q 14:52 Minnesota
PIT 35 9-C. Boswell kicks 65 yards, touchback.
1 and 10 - MIN 25 14:49 33-D. Cook rush for 5 yards.
2 and 5 - MIN 30 14:13 33-D. Cook rush for -2 yards.
3 and 7 - MIN 28 13:35 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 18-J. Jefferson.
4 and 7 - MIN 28 13:28 3-J. Berry punts 49 yards, 14-R. McCloud returns for 8 yards.
4Q 13:28 Pittsburgh
1 and 10 - PIT 31 13:17 22-N. Harris rush for 2 yards, forced out of bounds.
2 and 8 - PIT 33 12:45 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 18-D. Johnson for 37 yards. PENALTY on Minnesota, Defensive Pass Interference (declined).
1 and 10 - MIN 30 12:17 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 13-J. Washington for 30 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 18-D. Johnson, 2pt Conversion FAILS.
PIT 20    MIN 29    Plays: 3    Possession: 1:11
4Q 12:17 Minnesota
PIT 35 9-C. Boswell kicks 65 yards, touchback.
1 and 10 - MIN 25 12:11 33-D. Cook rush for 8 yards.
2 and 2 - MIN 33 11:31 33-D. Cook rush for 5 yards.
1 and 10 - MIN 38 11:00 8-K. Cousins pass to 17-K. Osborn for 62 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
1-G. Joseph extra point is GOOD.
PIT 20    MIN 36    Plays: 3    Possession: 1:17
4Q 11:00 Pittsburgh
MIN 35 1-G. Joseph kicks 65 yards, touchback.
1 and 10 - PIT 25 10:51 22-N. Harris rush for 3 yards.
2 and 7 - PIT 28 10:21 22-N. Harris rush for 6 yards.
3 and 1 - PIT 34 9:50 22-N. Harris rush for -2 yards.
4 and 3 - PIT 32 9:03 PENALTY on Pittsburgh, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at PIT 32 - No play.
4 and 8 - PIT 27 9:02 6-P. Harvin III punts 34 yards, ball out of bounds.
4Q 9:02 Minnesota
1 and 10 - MIN 39 8:56 33-D. Cook rush for 4 yards.
2 and 6 - MIN 43 8:11 33-D. Cook rush for 1 yard.
3 and 5 - MIN 44 7:26 8-K. Cousins rush for 11 yards.
1 and 10 - PIT 45 6:37 33-D. Cook rush for 2 yards.
2 and 8 - PIT 43 5:52 33-D. Cook rush for 4 yards.
3 and 4 - PIT 39 5:08 8-K. Cousins pass intended for 17-K. Osborn, INTERCEPTED by 25-A. Witherspoon at PIT 38, returned for 41 yards.
4Q 5:08 Pittsburgh
1 and 10 - MIN 21 4:58 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 14-R. McCloud for 6 yards.
2 and 4 - MIN 15 4:19 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 88-P. Freiermuth for 15 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 18-D. Johnson, 2pt conversion SUCCEEDS.
PIT 28    MIN 36    Plays: 2    Possession: 0:49
4Q 4:19 Minnesota
PIT 35 9-C. Boswell kicks 65 yards, touchback.
1 and 10 - MIN 25 4:14 33-D. Cook rush for -1 yard.
2 and 11 - MIN 24 3:39 8-K. Cousins pass to 17-K. Osborn for 8 yards. PENALTY on Minnesota, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at MIN 24 - No play.
2 and 21 - MIN 14 3:35 8-K. Cousins pass to 18-J. Jefferson for 12 yards.
3 and 9 - MIN 26 2:51 8-K. Cousins pass to 33-D. Cook for 17 yards.
Pittsburgh timeout at 2:38
1 and 10 - MIN 43 2:38 25-A. Mattison rush for no gain.
Pittsburgh timeout at 2:34
2 and 10 - MIN 43 2:34 25-A. Mattison rush for 2 yards.
Pittsburgh timeout at 2:30
3 and 8 - MIN 45 2:30 8-K. Cousins pass incomplete to 17-K. Osborn.
4 and 8 - MIN 45 2:26 3-J. Berry punts 51 yards, downed by 45-T. Dye.
4Q 2:26 Pittsburgh
1 and 10 - PIT 4 2:16 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 22-N. Harris for 6 yards, forced out of bounds.
2 and 4 - PIT 10 2:11 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 11-C. Claypool for 38 yards. PENALTY on Minnesota, Defensive Pass Interference (declined).
1 and 10 - PIT 48 2:05 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 11-C. Claypool for 9 yards. PENALTY on Pittsburgh, Illegal Block Above the Waist, 10 yards, enforced at 50.
Two minute warning
1 and 18 - PIT 40 2:00 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 22-N. Harris for 1 yard.
2 and 17 - PIT 41 1:34 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 11-C. Claypool for 13 yards.
3 and 4 - MIN 46 1:07 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 14-R. McCloud for 3 yards.
4 and 1 - MIN 43 0:42 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 11-C. Claypool for 9 yards.
1 and 10 - MIN 34 0:25 7-B. Roethlisberger, spikes Ball.
2 and 10 - MIN 34 0:24 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 14-R. McCloud for 10 yards, forced out of bounds.
1 and 10 - MIN 24 0:16 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 13-J. Washington.
2 and 10 - MIN 24 0:11 7-B. Roethlisberger pass to 18-D. Johnson for 12 yards, ran out of bounds.
1 and 10 - MIN 12 0:03 7-B. Roethlisberger pass incomplete to 88-P. Freiermuth.
END OF GAME
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