**The San Francisco 49ers dropped their Week 2 matchup to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 43-18, from Heinz Field on Sunday, falling to 1-1 on the season.
Pittsburgh jumped out to a 29-3 lead going into halftime while converting 4-of-5 third down attempts in the first two quarters. After being stopped on their first possession, the Steelers scored touchdowns on four consecutive drives.
Tight end Heath Miller opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown catch with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter. Pittsburgh opted to go for two and converted on a pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown.
Roethlisberger connected with Brown five times for 128 yards in the first half. The Steelers star wideout finished the game with nine catches for 195 yards and a touchdown.
A pair of DeAngelo Williams touchdown runs and a 38-yard pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey accounted for the Steelers other three first-half scores.
San Francisco scored first in the second half, finding the end zone on a 14-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick to Anquan Boldin on fourth-and-goal. The score capped a six-play, 64-yard drive.
After a third touchdown run from Williams, the 49ers answered with a touchdown of their own. Kaepernick connected with Torrey Smith on a 75-yard catch for the receiver's first score with the 49ers. Smith finished the game with six receptions for 120 yards and the touchdown.
The 49ers offense had other drives in which they moved the ball well, but two series that lasted 17 and 18 plays resulted in three combined points. The latter ended in a failed attempt on 4th-and-goal from the Steelers 1-yard line. Key Stats
- The Steelers sacked Kaepernick five times on Sunday.
- Kaepernick finished the game with 335 passing yards, two touchdowns and 51 yards rushing.
- Roethlisberger threw for 369 yards and three scores.
- The 49ers offense had 27 first downs and converted 3-of-5 fourth-down attempts.
- Hyde left the game twice on the day. The running back returned after leaving briefly with a leg injury in the first quarter. Hyde later left the game for good in the third quarter to be tested for a concussion.
- Tight end Garrett Celek left the game in the first half with a knee injury.
The 49ers will go on the road again in Week 3 and play their first divisional game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals are 2-0 after beating the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 and the Chicago Bears in Week 2.