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lamberts-lost-tooth
01-19-2009, 08:06 AM
Polamalu was simply everywhere
By Andrew Chiappazzi, Times Sports Correspondent
Published: Monday, January 19, 2009 12:39 AM EST


PITTSBURGH — The 40-yard interception return for a touchdown will get Troy Polamalu lots of love from the Pittsburgh faithful. But it was his overall play that’s sending the Steelers to the Super Bowl.

Yes, Polamalu was able to seal the game for the Steelers with the crucial fourth-quarter interception. But the safety was around the ball throughout the night. Polamalu dove over the top of a pile to stop Joe Flacco on a quarterback sneak, using sheer arm strength to haul down the bulky Ravens quarterback.

But it will be the interception that Polamalu, his teammates, and a deliriously ecstatic Steelers nation remembers.

“He comes out of nowhere. I actually thought he overran the ball,” said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. “When Troy starts running with the ball, you never know what’s going to happen. I was just so happy that he scored.”

Flacco gave Polamalu credit for reading the pass perfectly.

“I think Troy was probably just able to read my eyes,” Flacco said. “I think he was just able to jump over there, read a little bit and he made a nice play.”

As for Polamalu, he simply said that his fellow defenders have created more opportunities and that’s resulted in more chances for touchdowns.

“Turnovers are the difference,” Polamalu said. “We’ve had a lot of opportunities."

http://www.timesonline.com/articles/2009/01/19/sports/steelers/doc49741219c97a1207186144.txt

pghfrank1948
01-19-2009, 08:14 AM
Also Troy sacked Flacco trying to hide the ball on his side. Troy seen it he made Super Joe pay for it. Troy deserves Game Ball and Sweed needs to thank Troy for making the game changing play, instead of droping a sure TD that will be forgotten long before Troy overall performance.!!!!

86WARD
01-19-2009, 08:18 AM
Polamalu has been out of his mind this season...glad to see him back!!

AllD
01-19-2009, 08:21 AM
ESPN analyists were arguing how much better Ed Reed was than Polamalu because when Reed intercepts a pass he ALWAYS returns it for 6 and Polamalu is inconsistant.

I'll take #43s all-around big play making ability (picks, sacks, tackles, coverage) over a less dimensional, but still quality S Reed.

HometownGal
01-19-2009, 08:29 AM
Troy Polamalu is the true definition of a ball hawk. As the article so correctly states - he is EVERYWHERE on that field and opposing QB's have absolutely no idea where he's going to pop up and when, which has to drive them stark raving mad. :applaudit:

To all of you who wanted to stick a fork in Troy last season when you thought he was done . . . :moon:

Taz is back to stay! :tt02:

GridironWarrior
01-19-2009, 08:45 AM
It was great seeing Troy outplay Reed.

markymarc
01-19-2009, 09:44 AM
Troy was the best safety on the field last night and it wasn't even close. Ed Reed didn't do squat all night. I also loved the jump over the pile Troy did to help slow down Flacco on the QB sneak on 4th down. And now Troy has 2 more weeks to get his calf completely healed.

klick81
01-19-2009, 11:59 AM
Simply amazing. I knew our defense had to score at least once, and Troy delivers. Can't say enough about this guy!