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Steelers rally, stun Bills 23-16 to open season

Josh Allen and the Bills struggled following an offseason in which many pegged the defending AFC East champs as Super Bowl contenders.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ new-look offense overcame a slow start, Ulysees Gilbert returned a blocked punt 9 yards for a touchdown and Pittsburgh rallied to a season-opening 23-16 win over the Buffalo Bills.

Down 10-0 on Sunday afternoon, the Steelers scored on each of their first four possessions of the second half, with Roethlisberger putting Pittsburgh ahead for good by lobbing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson in the left corner of the end zone.

Josh Allen and the Bills produced a dud following an offseason in which many pegged the defending AFC East champs as Super Bowl contenders.

The Bills' 16 points matched a season low last year, when Buffalo finished with the NFL's second-best scoring offense.

Allen completed 30 of 51 passes, with his 21 incompletions matching the second most of his four-year career.

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