Steelers kicker struggles on debut

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Josh Scobee, who was making his Pittsburgh Steelers debut on Thursday night, missed field-goal attempts of 44 and 46 yards in the first half in the season-opening 28-21 loss to the New England Patriots. 

Former Jaguars kicker Scobee was brought in by the Steelers after starting kicker Shaun Suisham got injured in pre-season with a torn ACL. 

In the first half on Thursday, Pittsburgh's opening drive stalled and the Steelers settled for a 44-yard field goal attempt, which Scobee missed, he then missed the chance a bit later to cut into a 7-0 Patriots lead. 

Just before halftime Scobee finally converted a 44-yard attempt. After the Steelers scored on a Will Johnson 1-yard run, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin passed on the 33-yard extra point try and went for two. 

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found Markus Wheaton on the two-point attempt to make it a 21-11 Patriots lead. 

Scobee was successful with a 24-yard field goal but came close to missing the 33-yard extra point, with two seconds remaining, after Pittsburgh's final touchdown. 

After the game coach Mike Tomlin said he was not overly concerned with Scobee's struggles.