View Full Version : "Destiny" Part III (A Continuing Pittsburgh Steelers Story)

01-29-2006, 03:37 PM
Sorry for no part yesterday, I was doing one, and then i accidently click the 'x' and I was to angry to write it again lol, so here it is.

After the midway point, and being just half a game behind the Cincinnati Bengals for the outright lead in the AFC North, the Steelers knew what they had to do, to gain that 1st place.

Week 11 - Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns
Ben Roethlisberger injured meant Charlie Batch would get the start, after Tommy Maddox put up god awful numbers in a game he started earlier this season. Fans were still confident, even with out Ben... after all it was "just" Cleveland. Rueben Droughns opened up the scoring, taking in a 5 yard rush, putting Cleveland up 7-0. That was the only score of the first quarter, and after that... it was ALL Pittsburgh. Scoring 17 points in the 2nd quarter, to lead the Browns 17-7 at half, was Pittsburgh. Jerome Bettis, and Charlie Batch both scored on 1 yard touchdowns, meanwhile in between those majors, Jeff Reed added in a field goal of 42 yards. In the 3rd quarter, the lone score was a 51 yard trick play pass from Antwaan Randle El, to Hines Ward. The score at the end of 3 quarters was 24-7 Pittsburgh. Jeff Reed started the 4th quarter, 12 seconds in he kicked a 33 yard field goal, extending the lead to 20, 27-7. Cleveland then blocked a Reed field goal, and it was returned 59 yards by Leigh Bodden for a major score. It closed the gap to 13, 27-14 Pittsburgh. However Pittsburgh didn't let Cleveland come any closer. Verron Haynes took in a 10 yard rush, and Antonio Bryant caught a 9 yard pass from Trent Dilfer, making the final score from Heinz Field 34-21 Steelers.
FINAL SCORE - Pittsburgh 34 Cleveland 21
Record - 7-2

Week 12 - Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
With Charlie Batch being injured from the game against Cleveland, Pittsburgh now had no choice but to start an injured and not healthy Ben Roethlisberger, but they went with Tommy Maddox. After a scoreless first quarter of play, the majority of the scoring came in the 2nd quarter. Things started off by the two kickers switching 3 points each. Matt Stover hit a 47 yard field goal, while Jeff Reed connected from 44. Shortly after Reed's FG, Randy Hymes caught a 3 yard pass from Kyle Boller, making it 10-3 Baltimore. Once again the kickers switched 3 points, Reed hit a 37 yard field goal, and Stover connected from 25. This left the score 13-6 at halftime. Just like the 1st quarter, no scoring was made in the 3rd quarter. Moving to the 4th quarter, 10 minutes in "Fast" Willie Parker took in an 11 yard pass from Tommy Maddox, tieing the game at 13-13. As Pittsburgh was driving down the field, Tommy Maddox's throw for Hines Ward was tipped, and then Hines fell to the ground, and while going down he kicked the ball into the air, and it was intercepted by Terrell Suggs. Baltimore moved to Pittsburgh's 42, when Boller was sacked by Tyrone Carter. So we headed to overtime, and 7 minutes into the extra frame, Matt Stover kicked and was good on a 44 yard field goal, which handed the Steelers their 3rd loss of the season.
FINAL SCORE - Baltimore 16 Pittsburgh 13 (OT)
Record - 7-3

Week 13 - Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
The 2nd consecutive road game for the Steelers was their 2nd Monday Night Football game of the year. It was also against the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. Anyone would love to beat an undefeated club, and prove their worthiness in the league.. right off the bat it did not look good for Pittsburgh. On the first play, of Indy's first drive, Peyton Manning hit a streaking Marvin Harrison for an 80 yard touchdown, putting Indy up 7-0, just 2 minutes into the contest. 7 minutes after the Colts took an early lead, Mike Vanderjagt connected on a 29 yard field goal, making the score 10-0 Colts. Pittsburgh would have no more, because Hines Ward says so. A 12 yard reception made the score 10-7 after 1 quarter of play. Vanderjagt struck again in the 2nd quarter, when he was the lone point getter. Vanderjagt kicked two field goals of 48 and 44 yards. This left the score 16-7 Indianapolis at half-time. The rest of the game was scored by Indianapolis. In the 3rd quarter, Bryan Fletcher caught a 12 yard touchdown pass, extending the lead, to 23-7. Finally in the 4th quarter, Indianapolis capped off their night, when Mike Vanderjagt nailed his 4th field goal of the game, this one from 28 yards. Pittsburgh could not defeat the undefeated, and it left the football world wondering if Indianapolis could be defeated. Surely they would be, later in the season by San Diego.
FINAL SCORE - Indianapolis 26 Pittsburgh 7
Record - 7-4

Week 14 - Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals
In arguably the most crucial game to win if the Steelers were to have a shot at the division, or even the playoffs came against division leader Cincinnati. All looked good off the bat, when Jerome Bettis scored on a 1 yard touchdown, giving Pittsburgh the 7-0 lead. TJ Houshmanzadeh put an end to that lead shortly after, taking in a 43 yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer. But then again, Pittsburgh wasn't gonna let Cincinnati hang around. They extended the lead to 7 again, as Quincy Morgan reeled in a 25 yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger, leaving the score 14-7 Steelers after 1. Starting out the 2nd quarter on a positive note, Cincinnati took in 2 touchdowns, one by Reggie Kelly on a 1 yard touchdown, and the other by TJ Houshmanzadeh, his 2nd of the game, this one from 6 yards, leaving the score 21-14 Bengals. Before the half ended, Jeff reed had to get his in, he kicked a 23 yard field goal as time expired, making it 21-17 Bengals at half-time. Shayne Graham made the lead back to 7, kicking a 30 yard field goal through the uprights, making it 24-17. Hines Ward tied the game up, after recieving a 20 yard touchdown from Big Ben. However Cincinnati went back up to end quarter 3, when Rudi Johnson scored from 1 yard out. After 3 quarters it was 31-24 Bengals. Starting the 4th quarter, Rudi was at it again, and it put the exclamation mark on the game as well. He took in a 14 yard touchdown run, making it 38-24. Hines Ward caught a 6 yard pass to make it 38-31, but thats as close as Pittsburgh got, the Steelers lost their 3rd consecutive game and now division hopes were pretty much shattered.
FINAL SCORE - Cincinnati 38 Pittsburgh 31
Record - 7-5

Part III is concluded, I'll try and do Part 4, the last 4 games of the reg. Season tommorrow. Once again, thanks for the feedback.

01-29-2006, 05:57 PM
nice post i enjoyed reading

01-29-2006, 06:12 PM
Wow your really good for a Pats fan! Impressed