Steelers' quick points silence fans, help them beat Texans

Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:19am EDT
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(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers needed less than three minutes to score 24 unanswered points in the second-quarter to help them beat the Houston Texans 30-23 on Monday.

A mixture of trick plays and improbable bounces jolted Pittsburgh from a 13-0 deficit to a 24-13 lead in a span of 2:54, which erased an ugly start for the home side, who had been initially booed by their own fans.

"We fought through some adversity," Pittsburgh quarter Ben

Roethlisberger told reporters after he threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns.

"You don't expect to score that many points that fast. It was crazy."

Wide receiver Antonio Brown also threw for a surprise touchdown while Le'Veon Bell added 145 total yards and a receiving score.

Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards and had a receiving touchdown for Houston but also had a costly fumble as the Texans were plagued by three turnovers.

Pro Bowl defensive lineman J.J. Watt dominated early for the Texans with a sack and a fumble recovery, but his team never recovered from Pittsburgh's second-quarter outburst.

"We can't allow 24 points in (three minutes)," Watt said. If we can stop shooting ourselves in the foot I think well be alright."   Continued...

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass under pressure against the Houston Texans during the second half at Heinz Field.  Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports