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Steelers Move To 2-2 With Sloppy Win Over Eagles – Game Recap


Kicker Shaun Suisham drilled home a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 16-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field.

The kick by Suisham culminated a 14 play, 74 yard drive and the Steelers now move to 2-2 on the season.

The Eagles had taken the lead on a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Vick to tight end Brent Celek with 6:33 remaining in the game, but Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger answered by completing 4 passes on the final drive and running back Rashard Mendenhall chipped in 31 all-purpose yards to propel the Steelers to the win.

It was the first game back for Mendenhall after tearing the ACL in his right knee in the 2011 regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns, and he finished the game with 81 yards rushing and 20 yards receiving.

The Steelers rushed for 136 yards in the game after running for just 195 yards in their first 3 games prior to Sunday.

Despite the win the Steelers made plenty of errors on both sides of the ball and those errors included the team being penalized 9 times for 106 yards. Left guard Willie Colon had an awful day as he was penalized four times for holding.

The Steelers defense managed to collect 2 turnovers in the game thanks to Vick, who fumbled 3 times in total. Vick entered the game with 9 turnovers to his credit and his fumble deep in the Steelers end in the first half was a huge turning point in the first half.

Roethlisberger finished the game 21-of-37 passing for 207 yards and he was not helped out by his wide receivers as both Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown had big drops in the game. Despite the penalties and the drops, the offense still managed to convert 6 of 14 third downs with 2 of those coming on the final drive of the game.

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons had his best game of the season as he recorded 9 total tackles and forced 1 fumble. Timmons should have had 3 sacks in the game but he allowed Vick to escape him all 3 times.

Fellow linebacker James Harrison also made his season debut and played a considerable amount of snaps in his return. He finished the game with 2 tackles and added 3 hits on Vick.

The Steelers did not get out of the game unscathed injury wise as safety Troy Polamalu reinjured his right calf in the first half and linebacker LaMarr Woodley suffered a right hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for the rest of the game.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said in his post game press conference that both Polamalu and Woodley would both be iffy to play Thursday when the Steelers travel on a short week to play the Tennessee Titans.

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  • Pete

    Best run blocking of the year from the O line. So first game where they did a good job both in run blocking and pass protection. Good job from both Mendenhall and Redman. Too many penalties on offense and Ike Taylor could’ve been tagged for more penalties. It was a scrappy win but I’ll take it.

  • Pete

    Have to mention that Timmons was a beast. Has to be the best game I’ve seen him play period.

  • SteelSpine

    A win is a win, but this wont be good enough to beat most teams. Effort definately there, but if we didnt have home field noise, coulda have dismal short-week now.

    The good: Harrison survived all game. Mendy’s obviously healthy (tho he needs to secure the ball), tho woosh LeSean McCoy is up on a different speed/level than Mendy. There were other goods too. But negativs will need fixed to win on the road against good teams:

    Steelers committed way too many penalties, indicating prior failure of coaching; Any team commiting that many penalties (yes those were each penalties), the coaches get blamed & would not have won if on the road against good teams.

    Willie Colon 4 penalties in 1st half. TV announcers were kind to point out a couple good run-blocks Colon made. But guards in NFL do make some good run blocks occassionally & they do it without that many penalites.

    Mundy cost us 15 yds by made a moron helmet-to-helmet spear even tho he had previously earned a fine. Mundy also gave up touchdown to Celek. But when Polo limped off, what’d we expect outta #29.

    Ike Taylor gave up 9-yard completions too easily all day, seemed like Ike gave up any catch. As for Keenan Lewis, didnt like the way Keenan stunk plays then when made one decent play he jawed around the field bragging about it.

    Pouncey 2 bad snaps, lucky we recovered both those. My guess is need to practice snapping wet footballs.

    ABrown (great player, but a few things dropped him down to average this game) he dropped 2 passes (noone at his arms those 2 plays, he shoulda had it) & he had an offsides penalty. Wallace dropped one & caused another penalty (he lined up wrong).

  • Buccos9

    The officiating was brutal in this game. It was as if they brought the replacement referees back for one more game. And what is the problem with Willie Colon? We thought he was going to really help the O line by moving to guard but he is killing drives with his holding. It will be interesting when DeCastro comes back to see whether Foster or Colon starts at the other guard position. Colon would be a very expensive backup, but I’m not sure he deserves to start.

  • Brendon Glad

    It. Ain’t Steeler football unless oñe unit drives u to insanity all game, the opposing team gets every call, and the unit you’ve been yelling at all game is left with the task of winning it. That’s how we win. Felt SO comfortable against Oakland…and so angst ridden in this one. That’s why I told my friends after the first qtr that we had em right where we wanted em lol

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