Most of what people will remember from the Steelers' 28-26 loss to the Seahawks is going to be the loss of four starters to injury. Ben Roethlisberger, James Conner, Sean Davis and Vince Williams each left -- none returned.
Some may remember the pair of touchdowns Mason Rudolph tossed to Vance McDonald in the quarterback's regular-season NFL debut -- both making appearances in the gallery above. A bunch will remember that Rudolph's first interception came when Donte Moncrief went into the air and whiffed on a pass, only to have it fall into the hands of the enemy. Others will undoubtedly point to Terrell Edmunds being beaten by rookie DK Metcalf ... or his interference to set that up.
There aren't many positive takeaways in this one in general. Benny Snell made an immediate impact with his legs. McDonald caught all seven of his targets and Rudolph looked like a completely capable option.
What stood out for me -- defensively -- besides the pressure on Russell Wilson and the sacks the defense created, was the play by the new faces. Mark Barron recovered a fumble and would have scored if not for a penalty. Devin Bush nearly scored on a scoop of his own, but stepped out of bounds. Steven Nelson was good in his own right, partially illustrated by the first image in this game's gallery.
Metcalf went up for a toss from Wilson and Nelson was in coverage. Metcalf looked to be getting his hands on the ball and Nelson was able to reach around the hulking receiver to knock the ball away from him for his lone pass defensed. The corner also ended the game third on the Steelers in tackles with seven.
The scene was a little too tight for me where I was kneeling, so I couldn't get a wide look at the play, but I did manage to make the tight photo of Nelson's hand getting to the football -- a lone highlight for me in yet another rather dismal game to photograph.