PITTSBURGH - The Philadelphia Eagles' defense couldn't hold on Sunday.
Pittsburgh moved the ball just well enough on its final drive to set up Shaun Suisham's 34-yard field goal with no time remaining in the Steelers' 16-14 victory at Heinz Field.
"There are going to be close games," Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. "But when you get in those close games, you have to pull them out. When you have opportunities like that, you can't let them slip away. This was an opportunity we let go. We should have won the game, but they pulled out plays at the end and we weren't able to stop them."
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a pair of third-down passes during a 14-play, 64-yard drive that culminated in Suisham's third field goal of the game.
The Eagles' defense played well for most of the game, allowing just one touchdown. But it failed to create any turnovers and didn't get any sacks.
"It was very frustrating," Eagles middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "We were in a position to win the game and we feel like we let our team down."
If the shoe fits
During the second quarter, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown lost a shoe. Before Brown could grab it and put it back on his foot, Eagles safety Kurt Coleman picked it up and hurled it about 20 yards onto the Steelers' sideline.
"I didn't want it," Coleman said. "I'm not going to hold onto it and hand it to him. He's going to have to go get it."
Inside the numbers
Michael Vick's two touchdown passes gave him 151 touchdowns (117 passing, 34 rushing) for his career. ... Tight end Brent Celek finished the game with 244 career receptions, moving into third place in Eagles history behind Pete Retzlaff (452) and John Spanola (256). ... The Eagles' 17-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter was their longest of the season. ... Tackle Todd Herremans played in his 100th career game.
Tackle Demetress Bell and linebacker Jamar Chaney started for the second straight game. Bell has replaced King Dunlap at left tackle. Dunlap returned to practice last week after missing one game with a strained hamstring, but Bell played well enough against the New York Giants that he may keep the job. Chaney was at weakside linebacker in place of Akeem Jordan, who missed his second straight game with a strained hamstring. Chaney may also have won the starting job.
Newcomer Adrian Moten backed up Chaney. Moten, who played special teams against the Steelers, was signed last Tuesday.
Out of action
Eagles rookie running back Chris Polk was inactive for the first time this season. He was demoted in favor of second-year running back Dion Lewis, who played his college ball at Heinz Field for the University of Pittsburgh.
Bumps and bruises
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks missed some time in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle. Casey Matthews replaced him and made back-to-back tackles. Backup running back Bryce Brown suffered a sprained shoulder.
Bumps and bruises
The Eagles (3-2) return to Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday to face the Detroit Lions (1-3).
The Eagles lead the series 16-12-2 and have won six straight against the Lions. The teams last met in 2010, with Vick leading the Eagles to a 35-32 win in his first start for them. Detroit will visit Philadelphia for the first time since 2007, when the Eagles beat the Lions 56-21.
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