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Bell tolls 3 times for Steelers in 27-20 over Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Le'Veon Bell scored three times and set a franchise record with 236 yards rushing in finding traction on a slick, snow-covered field, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 27-20 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.

The Steelers overcame three interceptions thrown by Ben Roethlisberger to win their fourth straight and improve to 8-5 and keep pace in the AFC playoff race. The loss all but mathematically eliminated the Bills (6-7) from contention, and puts them in jeopardy of extending the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 17 years - the longest since New Orleans ended a 20-year drought by reaching the postseason for their first time in 1987.

After scoring in the first half on 3- and 7-yard runs, Bell put the game away on the opening drive of the third quarter. He had nine rushes for 72 yards alone and capped the 82-yard drive by waltzing into the end zone from 5 yards .

Bell also had 62 yards receiving to account for 298 of the 460 yards gained by Pittsburgh. It was the second three-TD game of his career, and first in which he scored three times rushing.

Bell broke the franchise rushing record set by Willie Parker, who had 223 yards against Cleveland on Dec. 7, 2006

He also extended his streak to four-straight games with 100 yards or more rushing, a span in which he's combined for 620 yards on the ground.

The Bills mustered no response on offense or defense at a time when both quarterback Tyrod Taylor and coach Rex Ryan are having their future in Buffalo questioned.

The Bills combined for seven first downs and 87 yards net offense on their first nine possessions. That included Sammy Watkins 8-yard touchdown catch set up by Stephon Gilmore returning Roethlisberger's second interception to the Pittsburgh 7 midway through the second quarter.

Down 24-7, the Bills scored twice in the final 7:27 on Charles Clay's 40-yard catch and LeSean McCoy's 3-yard run with 1:25 left.

Taylor finished 15 of 25 for 228 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Ryan's prized defense continued to struggle a week after Buffalo squandered a 24-9 third-quarter lead in a 38-24 loss at Oakland. Buffalo has now surrendered more than 200 yards rushing twice this season, including 256 in a 28-25 loss at Miami on Oct. 23, when Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi had 214 of those yards.

BAD BEN

Roethlisberger finished 17 of 31 for 220 yards in continuing his struggles on the road. He has a 4-3 record away from Pittsburgh this season, when he's thrown eight touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Roethlisberger's numbers are far better at home, where he's 4-1 and thrown 17 TDs versus three interceptions.

Buffalo linebackers Lorenzo Alexander and Zach Brown, on a pass intended for tight end Jesse James in the end zone, also had interceptions.

MINUS YARDS

The Bills had minus-1 yards through two series in the first quarter, becoming the NFL's first team this season to have negative yards through the first 15 minutes. Buffalo didn't get into positive yardage until its first snap of the second quarter, when McCoy had a 9-yard run.

DOINK!

Steelers cornerback William Gay appeared to return an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter, only to have it nullified by a defensive holding penalty against Bud Dupree. What was amusing about the interception is how the ball landed in Gay's hands. Bills receiver Robert Woods slipped to the ground and had Taylor's pass hit him squarely in the facemask. The ball bounced up and directly to Gay, who ran it back from Buffalo's 25.

SNOW REMOVAL

The start of the second half was delayed for nearly 10 minutes because of a buildup of rubber pellets that accumulated along the sidelines. The piles of pellets, which are part of the artificial turf, gathered up when tractors swept the field of a dusting of snow during halftime. Workers were required to use blowers and shovels to push the pellets further off the field.

UP NEXT

Steelers: At Cincinnati on Dec. 18

Bills: Host Cleveland on Dec. 18.

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Key Players
L. Bell 26 RB
236 YDs, 3 TDs
T. Taylor 5 QB
228 YDs, 2 TDs, 1 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:25
D.Carpenter extra point is GOOD, Center-G.Sanborn, Holder-C.Schmidt.
plays
yds
pos
27
20
Touchdown 1:25
L.McCoy up the middle for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
2:13
pos
27
19
Field Goal 3:38
C.Boswell 39 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
9
plays
54
yds
3:49
pos
27
13
Missed Point After Touchdown 7:27
D.Carpenter extra point is No Good, Hit Left Upright, Center-G.Sanborn, Holder-C.Schmidt.
plays
yds
pos
24
13
Touchdown 7:27
T.Taylor pass deep left to C.Clay for 40 yards, TOUCHDOWN [A.Chickillo]. Caught along sideline at PIT 22.
5
plays
82
yds
2:30
pos
24
13
Field Goal 9:57
C.Boswell 37 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
6
plays
29
yds
3:34
pos
24
7
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:28
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
21
7
Touchdown 5:28
L.Bell left end for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN. L.Bell ties PIT team record with 3 rushing TDs in game (last done 9/20/15 by DeAngelo Williams vs. S.F.)
10
plays
82
yds
6:33
pos
20
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:07
D.Carpenter extra point is GOOD, Center-G.Sanborn, Holder-C.Schmidt.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 7:07
T.Taylor pass short middle to S.Watkins for 8 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Caught 5 yds. into end zone, slanting from left.
3
plays
7
yds
1:27
pos
14
6
Point After TD 12:00
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 12:00
L.Bell left guard for 7 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
61
yds
5:14
pos
13
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:00
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 6:00
L.Bell left guard for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
71
yds
3:06
pos
6
0
Time of Pos 38:41 21:19
1st Downs 24 14
Rushing 14 4
Passing 9 9
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 6-14 3-9
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 460 275
Total Plays 73 48
Avg Gain 6.3 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 240 67
Rush Attempts 42 18
Avg Rush Yards 5.7 3.7
Net Yards Passing 220 208
Comp. - Att. 17-31 15-25
Yards Per Pass 7.1 8.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 5-20
Penalties - Yards 6-45 7-46
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 3 1
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 3 1
Punts - Avg 2-50.5 6-45.0
Return Yards 79 107
Punts - Returns 4-28 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-47 3-48
Int. - Returns 1-4 3-59
Kicking 5/5 2/3
Extra Points 3/3 2/3
Field Goals 2/2 0/0
Red Zone Eff. 3-6 -50% 2-2 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Steelers 8-5777627
Bills 6-70701320
220 PASS YDS 208
240 RUSH YDS 67
460 TOTAL YDS 275
Steelers
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.8% 220 0 3 37.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 3254 25 11 95.0
B. Roethlisberger 17/31 220 0 3 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Bell 26 RB
47
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
38 236 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
218 1053 6
L. Bell 38 236 3 33 47
F. Toussaint 33 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 44 0
F. Toussaint 1 6 0 6 0
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 20 1
B. Roethlisberger 3 -2 0 0 2
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Brown 84 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 5 78 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 93 1130 11
A. Brown 11 5 78 0 40 7
L. Bell 26 RB
47
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 62 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 67 563 1
L. Bell 5 4 62 0 32 47
L. Green 89 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 232 1
L. Green 6 2 25 0 18 2
E. Rogers 17 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 374 2
E. Rogers 3 3 20 0 9 2
D. Johnson 82 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 68 0
D. Johnson 1 1 15 0 15 1
C. Hamilton 83 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 153 1
C. Hamilton 2 1 15 0 15 1
J. James 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 273 3
J. James 3 1 5 0 5 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Shazier 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-24 1 2.5
R. Shazier 6-2 1.0 0 0
S. Davis 28 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-10 1 1.5
S. Davis 6-1 1.5 0 0
B. Dupree 48 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 2.0
B. Dupree 5-0 2.0 0 0
A. Burns 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-7 3 0.0
A. Burns 3-0 0.0 1 0
R. Nix-Jones 45 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
R. Nix-Jones 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Mitchell 23 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-18 1 0.0
M. Mitchell 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Cockrell 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-9 0 0.0
R. Cockrell 2-2 0.0 0 0
W. Gay 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-12 1 1.0
W. Gay 2-3 0.0 0 0
R. Golden 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-14 0 0.0
R. Golden 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 84 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Brown 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Walton 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
L. Walton 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Pouncey 53 C
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Pouncey 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Tuitt 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-10 0 3.5
S. Tuitt 1-1 0.5 0 0
A. Chickillo 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-8 0 2.5
A. Chickillo 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Matakevich 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 0 0.0
T. Matakevich 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Harrison 92 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-7 1 5.0
J. Harrison 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Dangerfield 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-9 0 0.0
J. Dangerfield 0-2 0.0 0 0
R. Mathews 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 1.0
R. Mathews 0-1 0.0 0 0
L. Timmons 94 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-30 1 1.5
L. Timmons 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
14/18 29/29
C. Boswell 2/2 39 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 50.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
56 45.6 21
J. Berry 2 50.5 1 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
F. Toussaint 33 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.5 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 22.6 33 0
F. Toussaint 2 23.5 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Brown 84 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 7.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 9.6 33 0
A. Brown 4 7.0 17 0
Bills
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Taylor 5 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 228 2 1 100.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.6% 2520 13 6 85.6
T. Taylor 15/25 228 2 1 19
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Gillislee 35 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 409 6
M. Gillislee 2 34 0 22 3
L. McCoy 25 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 27 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
186 976 10
L. McCoy 12 27 1 9 16
R. Bush 22 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 5 1
R. Bush 1 4 0 4 0
T. Taylor 5 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
76 471 6
T. Taylor 3 2 0 1 19
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
L. McCoy 25 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 81 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 41 317 1
L. McCoy 7 6 81 0 41 16
S. Watkins 14 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 54 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 235 1
S. Watkins 6 4 54 1 18 11
C. Clay 85 TE
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 52 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 375 1
C. Clay 6 3 52 1 40 11
R. Woods 10 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 29 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 43 522 1
R. Woods 2 1 29 0 29 2
N. O'Leary 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 114 0
N. O'Leary 1 1 12 0 12 1
M. Goodwin 88 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 364 3
M. Goodwin 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
P. Brown 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
62-43 0 1.0
P. Brown 7-4 0.0 0 0
R. Darby 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-8 0 0.0
R. Darby 7-3 0.0 0 0
Z. Brown 53 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
81-41 1 3.0
Z. Brown 6-0 0.0 1 0
M. Dareus 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-9 0 3.5
M. Dareus 5-2 0.0 0 0
C. Graham 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-22 1 1.0
C. Graham 4-4 0.0 0 0
J. Ihedigbo 32 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 0.0
J. Ihedigbo 4-2 0.0 0 0
N. Robey-Coleman 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-3 2 0.0
N. Robey-Coleman 4-0 0.0 0 0
L. Alexander 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-18 1 10.0
L. Alexander 3-4 0.0 1 0
J. Hughes 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-14 0 5.0
J. Hughes 2-3 0.0 0 0
C. White 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-7 1 0.0
C. White 2-1 0.0 0 0
L. Douzable 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-15 0 1.5
L. Douzable 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Washington 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-9 0 2.5
A. Washington 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Hunter 17 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Hunter 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Schmidt 6 P
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Schmidt 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Worthy 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-6 0 0.0
J. Worthy 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Lawson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 2.0
S. Lawson 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Gilmore 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-5 5 0.0
S. Gilmore 1-0 0.0 1 0
J. Meeks 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 0.0
J. Meeks 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Seymour 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-1 0 0.0
K. Seymour 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Spikes 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.0
B. Spikes 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Coleman 62 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
D. Coleman 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Carpenter 2 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/3
SEASON FG XP
15/19 32/36
D. Carpenter 0/0 0 2/3 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Schmidt 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 45.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
63 42.4 19
C. Schmidt 6 45.0 1 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Tate 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 22.6 45 0
B. Tate 3 16.0 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Tate 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 10.9 43 0
B. Tate 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 22 4:26 9 63 INT
9:06 PIT 29 3:06 8 71 TD
2:14 PIT 39 5:14 10 61 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:30 PIT 25 0:56 2 0 INT
7:07 PIT 25 2:31 6 19 Punt
2:24 PIT 20 1:52 4 20 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:01 PIT 18 6:33 10 82 TD
3:58 PIT 40 5:15 8 53 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 BUF 48 3:34 6 29 FG
7:27 PIT 25 3:49 9 54 FG
1:25 BUF 39 1:25 3 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:34 BUF 40 1:28 3 -2 Punt
6:00 BUF 14 3:46 6 -4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:00 BUF 25 2:30 5 18 Punt
8:34 PIT 7 1:27 3 7 TD
4:36 BUF 20 2:12 5 25 Punt
0:32 BUF 15 0:32 3 23 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BUF 16 2:59 6 14 Punt
5:28 BUF 25 1:30 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:43 BUF 20 0:12 1 0 INT
9:57 BUF 18 2:30 5 82 TD
3:38 BUF 25 2:13 8 75 TD