PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner ran for 109 yards and the go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as the Pittsburgh Steelers stayed perfect by rallying past the Houston Texans 28-21. The Steelers improved to 3-0 for the first time in a decade by putting the clamps on the Texans in the second half. Houston managed just 51 yards and two first downs after halftime as an early 11-point lead vanished. The Texans dropped to 0-3. Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt collected a sack to win bragging rights over older brother J.J., a star defensive end for the Texans.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Burrow kept his team from losing again. So did Carson Wentz after several mistakes. Neither quarterback earned a win, however. Burrow tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Tee Higgins in regulation and Wentz dove into the end zone for the tying score in the final minute as the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles played to a 23-23 tie on Sunday. Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott lined up for a 59-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in overtime but a false start on Matt Pryor forced the Eagles to punt it away and play for the tie. Both teams are 0-2-1.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies were eliminated from the playoff race with a 5-0 loss to rookie pitcher Josh Fleming the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays. Philadelphia needed a win over the Rays and losses by San Francisco and Milwaukee to earn its first playoff berth in nine years. The Brewers and Giants both lost, but the Phillies were unable to give themselves a chance. Sunk all season by a miserable bullpen, the Phillies lost seven of eight overall to finish the year. Fleming allowed four hits over six innings for the top-seeded Rays, who will face No. 8 seed Toronto in a best-of-three series that starts Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are staying home for the first round of the postseason — with the New York Yankees coming to town. Carlos Santana had four RBIs and delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning as the Indians rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 to gain home-field advantage for their wild-card series. The Indians finished second in the AL Central and grabbed the No. 4 seed in the American League playoffs when the Chicago White Sox lost to the crosstown Cubs. Cleveland will face the fifth-seeded Yankees in a best-of-three series beginning Tuesday at Progressive Field. The opener features a prime pitching matchup, with Cy Young Award favorite Shane Bieber scheduled to face Yankees ace Gerrit Cole.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — No. 24 Pittsburgh is off to its best start since 2014 behind a dominant defense that coach Pat Narduzzi believes can be among the best in the country. The Panthers limited Louisville to 223 total yards in a 23-20 victory that pushed Pitt to 3-0. Pitt sacked Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham seven times and intercepted three passes, including two in the fourth quarter while protecting a slim lead. The Panthers can move to 4-0 for the first time in 20 years when they face North Carolina State next week.
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Anthony Fontana, Ilson Pereira and Brenden Aaronson scored, Kacper Przybylko had two assists and the Philadelphia Union beat Inter Miami 3-0 on Sunday night. Philadelphia, which had just seven shots and 40.6% possession, is 4-0-1 in its last five games. Miami has lost three of its last four games.