But they did not lose the most important thing Saturday night at MetLife Stadium: bodies.
Left guard Ramon Foster left the game in the first quarter after getting poked in the eye, but that was the only injury of note in the Steelers' 20-16 loss to the Giants, and it doesn't appear to be serious.
The Steelers remain relatively healthy as only linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee), nose tackle Steve McLendon (concussion), wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) and tight end Michael Palmer (undisclosed) did not play against the Giants because of injuries.
Troy Polamalu did not play in the Steelers' preseason opener but coach Mike Tomlin said he elected to hold the veteran strong safety out of action.
Here are my initial thoughts on the Steelers' performance and a view from the other side as ESPN.com Giants reporter Dan Graziano takes a closer look at New York, which was playing in its second preseason game.
Other coverage from the game:
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette writes that it certainly looked like a first preseason game for the Steelers -- and that they have plenty to work on during their final practice of training camp.