A lot is riding on the Week 14 “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Steelers and the Bills.
The Steelers (11-1) are coming off their first loss of the season, a 23-17 defeat to the Washington Football Team. They’ve already clinched a postseason berth but don’t want that loss to lead to a downward spiral ahead of the playoffs. It will be tough to avoid that on Sunday, though, because the defense has taken some big hits; starting linebackers Bud Dupree and Devin Bush are out for the season and Bush’s replacement, Robert Spillane, is also unavailable this week. Pittsburgh is also still in contention for the top seed in the AFC and a first-round bye in the playoffs; if the Steelers win out, they’d hold the tiebreaker over the Chiefs with an undefeated record against conference opponents.
Having to go up against Josh Allen and the AFC East-leading Bills (9-3) doesn’t make things any easier. Allen is coming off another great performance in Week 13 against the 49ers in which he threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns. With a win, Buffalo would move to just one game behind Pittsburgh for the No. 2 seed in the AFC.
Steelers vs. Bills score
Steelers vs. Bills live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
(All times Eastern)
10:08 p.m. — Bills receive to start the second half. Andre Roberts returns it to the Buffalo 37-yard line.
9:53 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BILLS. Huge swing in momentum to end the half for Buffalo as Taron Johnson comes up with the pick-six. Bass misses the PAT, but the Bills lead 9-7 with 52 seconds remaining in the half.
9:46 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, BILLS. Buffa
lo finally gets on the board with a 34-yard field goal from Tyler Bass. Pittsburgh leads 7-3 with 1:42 remaining in the first half.
9:40 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Bills have it, first and 10 at the Steelers’ 16-yard line.
9:35 p.m. — Steelers punt. Buffalo gets the ball back at its 25-yard line, 4:56 left in the second quarter.
9:29 p.m. — Bills punt. Allen has been under all kinds of pressure. Fumbled it on first down but Buffalo was able to recover to prevent another costly turnover. Pittsburgh takes over at its 27-yard line, 6:37 remaining in the half.
9:23 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, STEELERS. Roethlisberger capitalizes on the turnover with a 19-yard strike to James Washington in the end zone. Pittsburgh leads 7-0 with 8:21 left to play in the first half.
9:20 p.m. — INTERCEPTION? FUMBLE? TURNOVER! — Allen throws it to Dawson Knox, who seems to catch it but has it knocked loose and up into the air. Cam Sutton grabs it for the turnover and Pittsburgh takes over at the Buffalo 30-yard line, 9:36 left in the second quarter.
9:14 p.m. — Steelers punt. A couple of first downs this time for Pittsburgh, but still no points. Bills take over at their 9-yard line, 11:44 remaining in the first half.
9:08 p.m. — Bills punt. Looked like Allen might have fumbled before getting off the pass. It’s ruled an incompletion though, Steelers get the ball at their 20-yard line with 14:14 left in the second quarter.
9:02 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Bills 0, Steelers 0. Buffalo has it, third and 10 at its 26-yard line to start the second quarter.
8:57 p.m. — Steelers punt. Drink. That’s six punts and an interception to start the game for both offenses. Bills get the ball back at their 14-yard line, 2:12 left in the first quarter.
8:50 p.m. — Bills punt. Another three and out for Buffalo. Slow game so far, Steelers get the ball back at their 23-yard line with 6:15 remaining in the first quarter.
8:46 p.m. — Steelers punt. Well, that didn’t last long. Another three and out for Pittsburgh and the Bills get it back at their 32-yard line, 7:44 left to play in the first quarter.
8:43 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Josh Allen throws it up under pressure from Cam Heyward and Mike Hilton comes up with the easy pick. Pittsburgh takes over at its 27-yard line, 9:22 remaining in the first quarter.
8:35 p.m. — Steelers punt. Pittsburgh finally gets a first down, but not much more. Bills get the ball back at their 31-yard line, 10:30 left in the first quarter.
8:29 p.m. — Bills punt. Three and out for Buffalo to start as well. Steelers get it back at their 14-yard line, 12:43 remaining in the first quarter.
8:26 p.m. — Steelers punt. Three and out for Pittsburgh to start the game. Bills take over at their 33-yard line, 14:01 left in the first quarter.
8:20 p.m. — Bills win the toss. They’ll defer and Pittsburgh gets the ball to start the game.
Steelers vs. Bills start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “SNF” window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|