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Defense secures another Steelers win

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After the Steelers dug a hole early and trailed 14-0 in the first quarter, the defense turned it up a notch by forcing two fumbles and two interceptions to in keeping the Dolphins from scoring the rest of the game.

Late in the second quarter, the Steelers trailed 14-3 and the Dolphins were driving, but Minkah Fitzpatrick picked off a Ryan Fitzgerald pass at midfield. The Steelers took advantage of the timely interception and drove 50 yards for a touchdown to close the gap at 14-10 at the half.

“We put ourselves in a bad position [early-on]. Then we started executing and creating some turnovers,” Fitzpatrick said. “I saw the ball [on the interception] and just tried to track it. I turned around and grabbed it.”

Fitzpatrick picked off another pass earl in the third quarter when Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a deep pass down the middle of the field from his 44 yard line. Fitzpatrick intercepted the ball at the three yard line. The Steelers then drove 97 yard for a touchdown to take their first lead of the game at 17-14 and never looked back.

Late in the third quarter, the Dolphins faced a fourth and one from their 47 yard line and chose to go for it. At first, it appeared Fitzgerald dove for the first down but after review, the call was overturned and the Steelers took over.

Cam Heyward stuffed Fitzgerald on the run. The Steelers took advantage of the short field and mounted a 47 yard touchdown drive to take a 24-14 lea. Heyward thought it was important to win this first of three home games.

“This is the first of three home games,” Heyward said. “We need to continue to work hard and take care of business.”

The defense continued to force turnovers to squash any chance Miami had of coming back. Early in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins drove to midfield. Fitzpatrick then hit Mark Walton at the Pittsburgh 27 yard line. After the catch he fumbled the ball and Steven Nelson pounced on it to squash the Miami drive.

Midway through the fourth quarter, T.J. Watt joined the turnover party when he strip-sacked Fitzgerald and recovered the fumble.

“I just trying to make plays,” Watt said. “We feel really confident rushing the passer.”

Watt feels the defense needs to continue to play well to help the team turn around its season.

“We’re more than capable. We’ve yet to have a full complete game but were churning in the right direction,” Watt said. “We’ve been playing with our backs against the wall all season. We’re not going to give up. We have confidence in every single guy in this locker room.”

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