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Ben Roethlisberger shines, Steelers hold off Buccaneers

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shakes hands with Buccaneers

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shakes hands with Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick after the Steelers defeated the Buccaneers during a game Monda, in Tampa, Fla. Credit: AP/Mark LoMoglio

TAMPA, Fla. — Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.

Capping a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an assistant coach on the sidelines and getting into a spat on social media, the Steelers (1-1-1) built a 20-point lead before holding on for their first win.

Vance McDonald scored on a 75-yard pass play and finished with four catches for 112 yards. Brown and Ryan Switzer also had first-half TD receptions for Pittsburgh, which led 30-10 at halftime.

The Steelers' defense forced four turnovers, including three first-half interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the 35-year-old journeyman who threw for 819 yards and eight touchdowns in two victories to begin Tampa Bay's season.

Fitzpatrick led his team to 17 fourth-quarter points to make it close.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.

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