Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Steelers Dig Big Hole for 49ers, Pile On

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Steelers Dig Big Hole for 49ers, Pile On

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The Steelers offense was practically unstoppable and their defense finally did stop someone as they rolled over the San Francisco 49ers, 43-18, Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes and DeAngelo Williams tied a franchise record by rushing for three more.

Williams scored on dual 2-yard runs and Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Heath Miller and 35 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey as the Steelers scored four touchdowns in the first half to run out to a 29-3 lead.

Williams added a third score in the fourth quarter from a yard away as the Steelers abandoned the Jumbo-I they used in the opener with Roosevelt Nix and Will Johnson near the goal line. And Roethlisberger passed for his third touchdown of 7 yards to Antonio Brown in the fourth.

Roethlisberger completed 21 of 27 passes for 369 yards, no interceptions and no sacks. He had a near-perfect passer rating of 155.8. Brown caught nine passes for 195 yards.

Colin Kaepernick completed 33 of 46 yards for 335 yards and two touchdowns for the 49ers, but was sacked five times. The Steelers also held Carlos Hyde to 43 yards rushing after he ran for 168 the previous week in a victory against Minnesota.

Williams' third touchdown staked the Steelers to a 36-10 lead, responding to San Francisco's first touchdown of the game with another of their own.

Roethlisberger, hitting on several deep pass plays, connected with Markus Wheaton on a 48-yarder on third down to the 49ers 8 to set up that third score by Williams.

San Francisco did not score a touchdown until early in the fourth when Kaepernick tossed a fourth-down, 14-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin.

The 49ers scored again in quick fashion after the Steelers' fifth touchdown. Kaepernick threw deep to Torrey Smith, who beat Will Allen to haul in a 75-yard touchdown pass. Their 2-point conversion closed the gap to 36-18. …

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