View Full Version : "Destiny" Part II (A Continuing Pittsbrugh Steelers Story)

01-27-2006, 05:12 PM
After seeing what Pittsburgh had done in their first 4 games, their wins didn't really come against that strong of opponents, other than San Diego. Their loss, came to the reigning champion Patriots. The Steelers were definitely out to try and prove something, and they did.

Week 6 - Pittsburgh Steelers vs Jacksonville Jaguars
After seeing the depressing feat of Ben Roethlisberger going down and injured on Monday nights game vs San Diego, Tommy Maddox took the reigns of Pittsburgh, and tried to prove that he is not a goat, like many indicate. In what was arguably the worst performance rushing the ball of the year, with just 58 yards from the Backs, and 15 from Maddox, the Steelers attempted to move the ball through the air. Maddox passed 28 times, and throughout that threw 3 Interceptions. Late in the 1st Quarter, the first scoring came, when Greg Jones took in a 7 yard run for a Touchdown, to give Jacksonville the lone score of the first quarter, and the lead 7-0. Heath Miller proved his worthiness once again, Pittsburgh scored just 8 seconds into the 2nd Quarter, when Miller caught a 15 yard Touchdown from QB Tommy Maddox. Pittsburgh scored the next set of points as well, 1 minute after Miller scored, Antwaan Randle El returned a 72 yard punt for a Touchdown, to give the Steelers the 14-7 lead. Randle El proved throughout the season, that the Special team woes are no longer in the Steel City. With 0's on the clock, Josh Scobee kicked a 23 yard FG for Jacksonville, and made the score 14-10 Pittsburgh at half-time. Jacksonville kept the scoring going, right out of the locker room, Matt Jones caught a 10 yard pass from Byron Leftwich, to put Jacksonville on top 17-14. That was the lone score of the Quarter. With Pittsburgh down, they needed something in the 4th quarter. 6 minutes into the Final Regulation frame, Jeff Reed tied the game on a 29 yard Field Goal. The score remained tied right to the final gun, and with the score 17-17, we headed to Overtime. And thats when 4 minutes into the Extra frame, Tommy Maddox threw his 3rd interception of the day, this one to Rashaen Mathis. Mathis took the ball to the house, and the Jaguars defeated Pittsburgh in Overtime.
FINAL SCORE - Jacksonville 23 Pittsburgh 17 (OT)
Record - 3-2

Week 7 - Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
the first meeting between the AFC North rivals came in Cincinnati. Big Ben was back, and Pittsburgh was expected to put up a good fight vs the 5-1 North leading Bengals. Although when you look at the stats for the days game, Ben threw 14 passes, for just 93 yards you might think Pittsburgh lost. The lone score in the 1st quarter, came from Shayne Graham, when he connected on a 27 yard Field Goal, giving the Home team Bengals a 3-0 lead. the game's first major occurred in the 2nd quarter, when Rookie Tight End Heath Miller caught yet another Touchdown pass, this one from 2 yards out. Pittsburgh took a 7-3 lead. Graham was used to make some more points happen for Cincinnati, as he connected on his 2nd Field Goal, this one of 39 yards. The score was 7-6 for the Steelers at half-time. The 3rd Quarter decided the game. It was all Pittsburgh, as they scored 17 points, and shut the Bengals out. Jeff Reed hit a 27 yard Field Goal, and Willie Parker ran for a 37 yard touchdown, and Pittsburgh all-star Reciever Hines Ward caught Big Ben's 2nd TD Pass of the day, from 4 yards out. After 3, the score was 24-6 Steelers. Jeff Reed had the only points in the 4th quarter for Pittsburgh, on a 39 yard Field Goal to make it 27-6. Carson Palmer replied with 2 minutes left on a 4 yard Touchdown run, but it was too little too late, Pittsburgh moved within one game of the Bengals, after the win at Paul Brown stadium.
FINAL SCORE - Pittsburgh 27 Cincinnati 13
Record - 4-2

Week 8 - Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens
A week after beating Cincinnati, Pittsbrugh took on another division rival for the first time of the season. Baltimore, with back-up Anthony Wright at QB, as Kyle Boller went down in Week 1 to Indy came to Pittsburgh. Heath Miller opened up the scoring, catching a 4 yard Touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger, giving the Steelers a 7-0 lead. Baltimore answered right back 4 minutes later, when Chester Taylor caught a 13 yard pass from Anthony Wright. After 1 quarter, the score was 7-7. Equal in scoring again, in the 2nd quarter was Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Both kickers connected on 1 Field Goal each, Jeff Reed from 42 yards, and Matt Stover from 22 yards. This left the game deadlocked at 10 to end the half. Pittsburgh had the lone scoring in the 3rd quarter, when Heath Miller caught his 2nd TD of the day, making it his first Multi Touchdown game of his career. It was an 8 yard reception from QB Roethlisberger. After 3 quarters, Pittsburgh led 17-10. A similar path followed, as did in the 2nd quarter. Only the kickers for the clubs scored again. 1 minute in to the quarter, Matt Stover made it 17-13, when he hit a 40 yard Field Goal. 5 minutes later, Stover was at it again, when he kicked a 49 yard Field Goal. 5 minutes after that, Stover connected yet again, from 47 yards. This game Baltimore a 19-17 lead with 3 minutes to go. Ben Roethlisberger threw 2 passes, before on his 2nd pass he injured his thumb on the helmet of a Raven player. He ended up with torn ligaments, and the 2 year pro was out again. This didn't stop the steelers from driving though, Jerome Bettis, and Verron Haynes took the ball 23 yard further down field that set up a game winning 37 yard Field Goal attempt from Jeff Reed. The perfect on the day Reed connected, and that left Baltimore next to no time left to come back. After Brett Keisel sacked Anthony Wright on 3rd and 3, this left Baltimore in a 4th gamble, from their 47 yard line. James Farrior saved the day, when he knocked away a pass intended for Chester Taylor, that turned the ball over on downs. Ben Roethlisberger took one knee, with his injured thumb, and sealed the victory.
FINAL SCORE - Pittsburgh 20 Baltimore 19
Record - 5-2

Week 9 - Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers
The 1-6 Packers hosted 5-2 Pittsburgh in Week 9. Many thought it would be a terrible match-up, but Green Bay hung in there, and played decent. After Tommy Maddox's terrible performance vs Jacksonville, Charlie Batch got called on to start the game,when Ben Roethlisberger could not go, due to his thumb injury vs Baltimore. The kickers were the lone scorers in the 1st quarter, Jeff reed hit two Field Goals of 32 and 24 yards. Ryan Longwell hit one field goal of 40 yards, this gave Pittsbrugh a 6-3 lead after 1 quarter. In the 2nd quarter, still no offensive majors were scored. It was a defensive major that gave Pittsburgh a 13-3 lead at half-time. Troy Polamalu returned a Brett Favre fumble, 77 yards flapping his long hair in the wind, as he took it to the house, and gave Pittsburgh the 10 point lead at half-time. Finally, the first offensive major was scored in the 3rd quarter. It was a 1 yard run by Samkon Gado, as Green Bay inched within 3 making fans around the world nervous and anxious. That anxiety ended in the 4th quarter, when with 6 minutes left Duce Staley took home a 3 yard Touchdown run, that put Pittsburgh up 20-10. Willie Parker sat out the 2nd half, and Staley made a nice fit, as he ran for 76 yards, on 15 carries. The win left Pittsburgh half a game back of the Cincinnati Bengals, for the AFC North lead, and looking good at the midway point of the season.
FINAL SCORE - Pittsburgh 20 Green Bay 10
Record - 6-2

More tommorrow, thanks for the reviews everyone.

01-27-2006, 07:34 PM
I'm enjoying your recaps of this awesom Super Bowl seaon. I was at Heinz Field for that week8 Halloween game. Expecting a blowout, I was on my feet on the stands the entire second half, with a roller coaster finish. My first NFL game is one I'll never forget!

01-28-2006, 08:09 AM
Nice job Brady.

01-28-2006, 08:14 PM
You missed the Quincy Morgan return in the Jax game. That was pretty big...