Vance McDonald unleashes stiff arm on Bucs defender

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Video: Vance McDonald lays out Chris Conte with vicious stiff arm

After offering Ryan Fitzpatrick stellar protection through two weeks, Tampa Bay's offensive line wasn't stout enough against the blitz-happy Steelers. "Let's see what happens".

Brown scored on a 27-yard reception, Ryan Switzer caught 1-yard TD pass from Roethlisberger, and Vance McDonald stiff-armed safety Chris Conte to break into the clear on a 75-yard pass play that got the Steelers going early. "Three possessions maybe. We need to do a better job putting it away", Roethlisberger said.

"The great thing to me coming out of this game is, again, the belief in the huddle in the second half and guys not wavering and not blinking", said Fitzpatrick, who became the first National Football League quarterback to throw for 400-plus yards in three consecutive games. "But I think it was made a bigger issue than it really was".

Roethlisberger went down three times, but Brentson Buckner won't be happy with the overall pressure, especially when you consider 3-time Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro didn't play for Pittsburgh due to a fractured right hand. Gerald McCoy was also called for roughing the passer on the play.

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Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns, with all but 80 yards of that production coming while the Steelers were building a 30-10 halftime lead. Something has to change because opposing QBs arecompleting 78 percent of their pass attempts against Tampa Bay. "There were a lot of penalties on us and on them", Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We'll go back and learn from our mistakes and bounce back next week".

Tampa, FL, USA;Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. The Steelers used most of the remainder of the period to move into position for a 47-yard field goal that Chris Boswell missed.

He led a long field goal drive in the third quarter, and then tossed fourth-quarter TD passes of 4 yards to Chris Godwin and 24 yards to Mike Evans to rally the Bucs (2-1) within 30-27 with 5:43 remaining. "I told this team afterwards that was a total team win, all the phases".

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