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SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 01:51 PM
Steelers Seeking Rebound in Midweek Tilt With Panthers
Sports Network
12/23/10 1:34:08 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=346681

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to the playoffs despite having lost their last game, while the Carolina Panthers own the league's worst record yet are coming off a rare win in their most recent outing. That's just the way it's been during this unpredictable NFL season.

The Steelers will be out to restore a sense of normalcy when the AFC North co- leaders welcome the lowly Panthers to Heinz Field this Thursday for a Week 16 battle between teams currently residing on opposite ends of the football spectrum.

Pittsburgh had vaulted to the top of the AFC North pack on the strength of a four-game win streak highlighted by a hard-fought road victory over its chief competition for the division crown, the Baltimore Ravens, in early December. The Steelers no longer stand alone in first place, however, after coming out on the short end of a 22-17 decision to a desperate and determined New York Jets squad last Sunday at Heinz Field and the Ravens coming through with a critical triumph in their matchup with the reigning Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

Though Pittsburgh and Baltimore sport identical 10-4 marks heading into the regular season's final two weeks, the Steelers do own a superior record in division play, meaning the Black and Gold would claim both the AFC North title and a much-desired opening-round bye in the upcoming conference playoffs if they can defeat the Panthers and follow up with a win at Cleveland in the finale.
A Steelers' win on Thursday coupled with a Baltimore loss in its Week 16 venture at Cleveland would also clinch the division and a postseason bye.

Achieving the first part of that equation doesn't appear to be too much of a problem, judging on past results. Carolina is a woeful 2-12 on the season and hasn't won any of its six road games thus far, with four of those setbacks coming by double-digit margins.

The Panthers also rank at the bottom of the NFL in scoring and both total and passing offense and will be going up against a fearsome Pittsburgh defense that's tied for the league lead in fewest points allowed and rates third overall in least yards surrendered.

Carolina will be entering the Steel City on a high note, however, after snapping a rough stretch of seven straight losses with last week's 19-12 besting of the declining Arizona Cardinals. The Panthers were able to get off the schneid by unleashing a potent ground attack spearheaded by running back Jonathan Stewart (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=jonathan+stewart) and mixing in a strong defensive effort that limited the punchless Cardinals to 218 total yards.

Stewart is averaging 115 rushing yards and a healthy 5.9 yards per carry in four games since returning from a concussion, but the powerful back figures to be challenged by a smothering Steelers stop unit that's holding the opposition to a league-low 63.4 yards per game on the ground.

Pittsburgh may be without one of its defensive stalwart for Thursday's test, however, with All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=troy+polamalu) uncertain to play due to a strained Achilles tendon that kept him out of last week's loss.

SERIES HISTORY

Pittsburgh holds a 3-1 edge in its all-time series with Carolina, and has won each of its last three head-to-head meetings with the Panthers. The Steelers took a 37-3 road decision in the most recent matchup, in 2006, and were 30-14 winners when the clubs last met in the Steel City, in 2002. The Panthers' only win in the series was an 18-14 victory in 1996.

Carolina head coach John Fox is 0-1 against the Steelers as a head coach, while Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin will be meeting both Fox and the Panthers for the first time as a head man.

WHEN THE PANTHERS HAVE THE BALL

Don't expect Carolina to stop trying to do what it does best on Thursday in spite of the daunting task that lies ahead. The Panthers have run the football with authority over the past month, with Stewart (668 rushing yards, 7 receptions, 3 total TD) and shifty sidekick Mike Goodson (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=mike+goodson) (435 rushing yards, 3 TD, 36 receptions) the main cogs of an offense that's averaged an impressive 167.8 rushing yards per game over the past four weeks and backed up a punishing 212-yard effort on the ground against Atlanta in Week 14 with last Sunday's 177-yard output versus the Cardinals. Carolina's still going to have to show at least a semblance of a passing game in order to be effective, though, and that's an area in which the team has often struggled with rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=jimmy+clausen) (1304 passing yards, 2 TD, 7 INT) at the controls. The former Notre Dame star did have his best day as a pro last week, though, completing an efficient 13-of-19 throws for 141 yards and a touchdown while not committing a turnover. Much like the quarterback position, the Panthers have been plagued by inexperienced at wide receiver, where rookies David Gettis (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=david+gettis) (32 receptions, 3 TD) and Brandon LaFell (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=brandon+lafell) (34 receptions, 1 TD) have each been pressed into key roles opposite still-capable veteran Steve Smith (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=steve+smith) (43 receptions, 2 TD).

Carolina's recent rushing success will be put to the test by the swarming Steelers, who hadn't permitted more than 103 yards on the ground in a game until the Jets ran for 106 last Sunday. Not having Polamalu (62 tackles, 1 sack, 6 INT) available may help explain that drop-off from the defense's usual high standards, but Pittsburgh still has a wealth of stout stoppers in place even if the difference-making safety is again held out. The inside linebacker duo of Lawrence Timmons (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=lawrence+timmons) (121 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INT) and James Farrior (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=james+farrior) (100 tackles, 5 sacks) may be the best in football, while nose tackle Casey Hampton (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=casey+hampton) (18 tackles, 1 sack) and end Brett Keisel (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=brett+keisel) (26 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) are outstanding space eaters who enable the playmakers behind them to roam free. Look for crafty coordinator Dick LeBeau to dial up plenty of blitz packages designed to both rattle and confuse the still-developing Clausen, with outside linebackers James Harrison (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=james+harrison) (89 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 INT) and LaMarr Woodley (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=lamarr+woodley) (46 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 2 INT) heavily a part of those plans. The exceptional pairing has accounted for nearly half of the Steelers' total of 40 sacks, tied for third-most in the league.

WHEN THE STEELERS HAVE THE BALL

The Pittsburgh offense benefits from its balance, blending the passing talents and field presence of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=ben+roethlisberger) (2600 passing yards, 14 TD, 5 INT) with the NFL's eighth-ranked running game (122.1 ypg) to form what can be a difficult combination to defend. Add in the field-stretching skills of speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=mike+wallace) (53 receptions, 1048 yards, 8 TD), who's averaging nearly 20 yards per catch and burned a well-regarded New York secondary for 102 yards on seven grabs a week ago, and it's safe to say the Panthers may not have an easy time on their hands on Thursday. Protecting Roethlisberger has usually been the Steelers' biggest issue, as the valued field general has been sacked 15 times over the last four weeks, and he'll need adequate time to survey the field and connect with Wallace and four-time Pro Bowler Hines Ward (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=hines+ward) (51 receptions, 4 TD), the preferred targets among a solid receiving corps that's expected to get tight end Heath Miller (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=heath+miller) (33 receptions, 1 TD) back from a concussion that sidelined him the past two games. Rookie wideout Emmanuel Sanders (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=emmanuel+sanders) (23 receptions, 2 TD) helped offset Miller's absence by posting career bests of seven catches and 78 receiving yards against the Jets, while workhorse running back Rashard Mendenhall (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=rashard+mendenhall) (1173 rushing yards, 10 TD, 20 receptions) contributed his fourth 100-yard day of the season in the loss.

Carolina's defense is fresh off its best showing of the season, with linebackers James Anderson (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=james+anderson) (115 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT) and Jon Beason (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=jon+beason) (104 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) organizing a charge that held the Cardinals to 43 rushing yards last week and the team sacking rookie quarterback John Skelton (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=john+skelton) three times. One of those takedowns came from end Charles Johnson (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=charles+johnson) (57 tackles, 9.5 sacks), giving the standout pass rusher a total of six over his last five games. His ability to create pressure, along with the steady play of young secondary members such as cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=captain+munnerlyn) (39 tackles, 3 INT, 11 PD) and strong safety Charles Godfrey (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=charles+godfrey) (75 tackles, 5 INT) is a big reason why the Panthers rank fifth in the NFL in pass efficiency defense and have come up with 17 interceptions for the year. Containing the run has been more of a problem, with the unit having yielded an average of 126.2 yards per game on the ground at the moment (23rd overall).

FANTASY FOCUS

There hasn't been a better defense for fantasy purposes this season than Pittsburgh's, and the opportunity to face a Carolina offense that too often can't get out of its own way is one owners absolutely can't pass up at this critical stage of the schedule. Mendenhall falls into the must-start category as well, while Wallace has proven his worth as a weekly fixture in lineups during a tremendous sophomore campaign. Roethlisberger should only be used as a fall-back option, as there's a good chance the Steelers won't have to air it out a lot to win, and that prospect in turn deflates the value of any other Pittsburgh receiver other than Wallace. However, there's no reason to downgrade Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham (http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/teams/players/?name=shaun+suisham), who's a perfect 10-for-10 on field goal tries since joining the team at midseason. Stewart is the only player on a moribund Panthers roster that merits starting consideration here, and his production could be impacted by the tough assignment Pittsburgh's run defense poses.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

Polamalu's status normally is a huge factor to consider, as the Steelers' record in games in which the star safety doesn't play isn't even remotely as good as when he does. That likely won't be as big a deal this week, however. The Panthers aren't built to succeed when their running game isn't grinding out yards, a distinct possibility against a Pittsburgh defense that's a brick wall in that aspect, and Clausen's brief professional track record hardly suggests the rookie's capable of leading a team to victory in a hostile environment against a superior opponent at this stage. The Steelers may struggle at times on the offensive end, but they'll get at least one big play out of Wallace and a touchdown on defense that will turn a somewhat competitive game into a comfortable win.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 05:24 PM
If this team has any sense of pride, they will come out like gangbusters and destroy the Panthers. If they struggle and eke out a win against this woeful Panthers team, the Steelers will be the laughingstock of the NFL: a paper tiger. With that said, I expect this team to remember the embarrassment of what happened with the Jets and go nuts at the expense of the Panthers. Anything less would be unacceptable.

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 07:01 PM
Steelers ran the ball very well on the Jets, but they only ran it like 17 times. Panthers suck, its very cold, they need to run 30 times.

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 08:17 PM
Too bad Armanti Edwards isn't going to play tonight.

He is from the town I live in and was the star from the high school.

Otherwise, Go Steelers...

Steeler4life1972
12-23-2010, 08:20 PM
This beer is for a good game!!!!

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:25 PM
Let's Go Steelers!!

I'm somewhat excited for the game...but I'm having trouble peeling my eyes away from the Pens/Caps game right now. :couch: I might not be paying that much attention to this right away.

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:25 PM
Lets go!Play a sound game.Try to be up by 21 in the 3rd qtr.and rest some players.LOL,I know im dreaming,uhh-I mean drinking!!!!

ricardisimo
12-23-2010, 08:26 PM
I'm getting really annoyed by all the commentators continuing to assert the old "Steelers' football" line; "built for cold weather", "hard-nosed rushing football", etc. They clearly have not been paying attention to the Steelers under Arians.

The cliché would be nice if it were true, but it's not. We'll see, I guess.

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:26 PM
Ha,ha this thread is kinda empty!A far cry from the ratbird game!!!

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:27 PM
Here we go! GO STEELERS!!!

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:27 PM
I hate the NFL network cast,they are booring!

MACH1
12-23-2010, 08:28 PM
Lets go!Play a sound game.Try to be up by 21 in the 3rd qtr.and rest some players.LOL,I know im dreaming,uhh-I mean drinking!!!!

Arians wont let that happen.

jaygorius
12-23-2010, 08:28 PM
This isn't so bad, Christmas two days away, work is done for the week, Steelers on tv and drink in my hand. Hoping for a nice fun game.

MattsMe
12-23-2010, 08:29 PM
I hear crickets in this thread.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:29 PM
Man, I really wish Troy was in this game - he'd eat up Claussen all night.

MACH1
12-23-2010, 08:30 PM
Time to see how heavy of a drinking night it's going to be. :laughing:

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:30 PM
Fox gets a good hit on the kick returner. Let's hope he doesn't make stupid Personal Fouls like he has in the past.

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:31 PM
Yeah, probably going to be a pretty slow thread tonight. A lot of people are out of town or getting ready for Christmas (or watching the Pens/Caps game :couch: ).

MattsMe
12-23-2010, 08:31 PM
Carolina won the toss and chose to receive? Isn't that a bit strange?

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:31 PM
Damn! Stewart gets 12 yards - Farrior missed the tackle.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:32 PM
He gets another 6-7 yards. D is sleeping - need to wake up.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:33 PM
Nice stop at the line.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:33 PM
lets go D!

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 08:33 PM
At least we aren't down by 7 after 30 seconds...

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:34 PM
there we go, stopping the run at the line! that's more like it

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:35 PM
Geez - these guys can't get Stewart down.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:35 PM
wow, Stewart is going to try and beat us all by himself

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 08:35 PM
Uh Oh...D getting owned.

steelax04
12-23-2010, 08:35 PM
lol... 100% USDA man.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:36 PM
so many missed tackles...

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:36 PM
D is giving up chunks of yards on the ground - they'd better wake up. Claussen is driving this team down the field.

ricardisimo
12-23-2010, 08:37 PM
Everyone take a moment to vote in the rush/pass poll in the Steelers forum. Thanks.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:37 PM
lol this is more like it, two false starts in a row, THERES the real Panthers team

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:38 PM
Stopped them at the 33 or so - field goal?

mesaSteeler
12-23-2010, 08:39 PM
lol this is more like it, two false starts in a row, THERES the real Panthers team

It's a good thing they are self destructing since we seem to be starting slow again.

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:39 PM
Im sleepy!Im going to be bored sunday!

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:39 PM
Whew! Refs called it a touchback - lucky. Ball would've been at the 1.

MACH1
12-23-2010, 08:40 PM
Run, run, pass

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 08:40 PM
Whew! Refs called it a touchback - lucky. Ball would've been at the 1.

yeah and then arians would call a draw play to mewelde moore or run an end around to randle el

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 08:41 PM
Pens 1
Caps 1
5 min to go 2nd period.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:41 PM
Anyone see that horrible Old Spice commercial with Ray Lewis - he's surrounded by soapy foam and at the end he flies off on a bird? Man, that was horrid.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:42 PM
MENDY!!!

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 08:42 PM
Anyone see that horrible Old Spice commercial with Ray Lewis - he's surrounded by soapy foam and at the end he flies off on a bird? Man, that was horrid.

:doh:

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:42 PM
Pens 1
Caps 1
5 min to go 2nd period.

I guess that must be where everyone is 'cause there's only a few people on the forum.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:43 PM
Nice run by Mendy - and a good pass by Ben. Offense is rolling...

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:43 PM
Pens 1
Caps 1
5 min to go 2nd period.

This game is killing me. I can't believe it's tied though with all the Pens penalties...Pens are pretty much playing one of the worst games I've seen in a while. I just can't turn it off though lol. I'm just relying on you guys for updates for a little while!

ricardisimo
12-23-2010, 08:43 PM
Let's not do that again.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:43 PM
Wallace!!

offense looking hot right out of the gates :tt02:

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:43 PM
Well that sucked.

iceman000123
12-23-2010, 08:43 PM
No reason at all we should lose this game. I don't wanna say any team is a gimme but no reason at all we should lose here

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:44 PM
HEATH!!!! LOVE THAT GUY!!!

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:44 PM
HEEEAAAATTTHHHH!!!

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:44 PM
HEATHHHHHHHHH

MACH1
12-23-2010, 08:44 PM
Looks like HEATH is healthy.

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 08:44 PM
Heath better NEVER quit playing football.

dcsteel5804
12-23-2010, 08:44 PM
nice to see Heath get back in the flow

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 08:44 PM
Whoa... how does that happen

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:44 PM
Man, that was really bad...

jaygorius
12-23-2010, 08:44 PM
Great to have Heath back!

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 08:45 PM
anyone else hate these nfl network commentators? i mean FFS sake guys there's a game going on, shut the **** up and show the game.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:45 PM
wtf is happening with our line there? had a flashback to the safety....

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:45 PM
LETS GO,7 HERE!!!!

dcsteel5804
12-23-2010, 08:45 PM
that looked awful familiar

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 08:45 PM
Scott got benched after that play... he looks angry

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:46 PM
TOUCHDOWN!!!

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:46 PM
SANDERS!! TD!!

dcsteel5804
12-23-2010, 08:46 PM
sanders is gonna be good

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 08:46 PM
TD Sanders!

Scott is a piece of crap, he better not be a steeler next year if he can't even beat out trai essucks

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:47 PM
wtf is happening with our line there? had a flashback to the safety....

Jonathan Scott has to go - he is just God-awful.

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 08:47 PM
It didn't look like he had control

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:47 PM
even if the ball is not in the endzone, its a first down, dumb challenge unless they think it wasn't a catch

jaygorius
12-23-2010, 08:47 PM
damn, not sure that was even a catch, let alone in the endzone

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 08:47 PM
Overturned???

ball on the 3 inch line???

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:48 PM
All right! WTG Sanders!!

Great to see them getting out to an early lead! :tt03:

*edit* Maybe

ricardisimo
12-23-2010, 08:48 PM
Oooo! Here's a chance for the refs to screw us!

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 08:48 PM
even if the ball is not in the endzone, its a first down, dumb challenge unless they think it wasn't a catch

not necessarily. i remember a few times this year where we came away with 3 points or 0 points from 1st and goal at the 1

Pentheon
12-23-2010, 08:48 PM
Great drive for our offense...I love our receivers, they all got great hands. Our future is lookin great in the receiving department.

Easily a touchdown, way to challenge it panthers :flap:

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:48 PM
Scott got benched after that play... he looks angry

The guy totally blows - he got his jockstrap handed to him on that play. Mendy lost 5 yards I think.

jaygorius
12-23-2010, 08:48 PM
So if they are challenging whether or not it was a TD, that means even if it looks like it was not a catch, the catch counts either way?

dcsteel5804
12-23-2010, 08:49 PM
Jonathan Scott sucks, I dont know why he's acting like a little baby. He missed his block on each run play. His man almost blew up the first run, blew up the second run, and blew up the thrid run. He's awful and has no reason to throw his helmet..... worthless

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:49 PM
Oooo! Here's a chance for the refs to screw us!

No way - it's a TD.

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:49 PM
14 guests this week.WHO ARE YOU?PATS FANS,RATBIRD FANS?Show your faces!!!:tt03:

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:49 PM
Pffftt....

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:50 PM
bullshit call

Pentheon
12-23-2010, 08:50 PM
hahaha are you serious? Looked good to me all the way through...get the hell outta here

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:50 PM
Oh no! They said incomplete pass - he lost control on the ground! DAMN!

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 08:50 PM
Didn't see that one coming...

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:50 PM
Of course!!!

ricardisimo
12-23-2010, 08:50 PM
What the...?

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 08:50 PM
I didn't think it was a catch... You can't let it hit the ground when you come down like that, like it or not...

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:50 PM
how is there enough evidence to overturn the ruling, thats total bs

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:51 PM
That's ok...good drive by the offense to start. Keep it up guys.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:51 PM
Suisham is golden. Jeff who?

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:51 PM
Poor Sanders,last weeks TUG and now this!

ricardisimo
12-23-2010, 08:51 PM
Swish.

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:51 PM
Ray Lewis is freaking creepy.

Tulsa
12-23-2010, 08:51 PM
Tomlin should have gone for it.

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 08:51 PM
his hand was underneath the ball, he had possession.

refs just like to screw us this year

Pentheon
12-23-2010, 08:51 PM
Its cool...im glad we came out with something and held them to nothing when it looked like they were movin along.

good shit suisham, 100%

dcsteel5804
12-23-2010, 08:51 PM
Even though no TD, we still looked good. We usually dont score so early!

iceman000123
12-23-2010, 08:51 PM
damn challenging bastards

mesaSteeler
12-23-2010, 08:52 PM
Once again we are playing against the refs as well as the opposing team.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:52 PM
Man, there's that horrid Ray Lewis commercial for Old Spice again. Looks like something you'd make with your camcorder and a green screen.

Bobby_Walden
12-23-2010, 08:52 PM
He sucks. Missed block and the coaches had seen enough.

SH-Rock
12-23-2010, 08:52 PM
BS BS BS
THAT CLEARLY CROSSED THE PLANE

theplatypus
12-23-2010, 08:52 PM
Finally able to sneak away from the family and watch the game. Are y'all calling for his head yet?

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:53 PM
WHY????????

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:53 PM
his hand was underneath the ball, he had possession.

refs just like to screw us this year

Unfortunately, his fingers were on the end of the ball - his hand wasn't underneath it.

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 08:53 PM
Another special teams gem...

steelax04
12-23-2010, 08:53 PM
I'm watching it online... they didn't say shit or show the review call by the refs... did they say it was incomplete?

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:53 PM
Special teams suck again this week I see.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:53 PM
whats going on with our special teams?

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 08:53 PM
Whats up with the special teams lately? They were so good early on this season

dcsteel5804
12-23-2010, 08:54 PM
whats up with out KO coverage? Its been solid all year now it sucks?

MACH1
12-23-2010, 08:54 PM
Our awesome special teams strikes again.

Steeler4life1972
12-23-2010, 08:54 PM
can we not get a kicker to kick it in the end zone????

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:54 PM
Well, Special Teams pulls another stinker out of their arses - way to go.

steelax04
12-23-2010, 08:54 PM
nfl.com/live sucks... they do more eff'ing commentating than showing any part of the game.

jaygorius
12-23-2010, 08:54 PM
What is up with the kick coverage? It had been solid all year before last week after years of being crap, and now it seems like the previous years all over again

mesaSteeler
12-23-2010, 08:54 PM
WHY????????
Because Goodell hates us.

tony hipchest
12-23-2010, 08:54 PM
i wonder why the ST seems to have suddenly turned south? thats been the 1 unit that was the most consistant with the fewest injuries or replacements all year. :noidea:

mesaSteeler
12-23-2010, 08:55 PM
nfl.com/live sucks... they do more eff'ing commentating than showing any part of the game.
You got that right. It's horrible.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:55 PM
I'm watching it online... they didn't say shit or show the review call by the refs... did they say it was incomplete?

Yes, incomplete. He didn't have his hand underneath the ball when it hit the ground. His fingertips were on the end of the ball. Too bad. The offense is rolling - we'll get it back.

MattsMe
12-23-2010, 08:55 PM
Funny how after the TD was overturned, they don't show the replay anymore. If it was upheld they would have showed it.

I love the announcer. "I agree with it, because that's the call."

I thought maybe because we're playing such a shitty team we'd actually get a fair game. Silly me.

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 08:55 PM
wow shitty special teams once again just in time for the playoffs. i wonder if we get to the afc championship and lose because we allow 2 return TD's again?

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:56 PM
nfl.com/live sucks... they do more eff'ing commentating than showing any part of the game.

I PM'd you a couple links for the game...and I agree, watching it from the NFL.com site is serviceable if you have to, but there are other options.

eafratitpm3
12-23-2010, 08:56 PM
I would give up a roster spot and have 2 kickers on the team, you can't put a price on special teams. They are a huge part of a win or loss

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:56 PM
Nice - D only give up 2-3 yards to Stewart. Finally woke up.

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 08:56 PM
they think they can run all day???

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:57 PM
wtf

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:57 PM
Damn! Harrison missed the sack and Claussen makes the throw.

Pentheon
12-23-2010, 08:57 PM
2nd time mundy has his backed turned while the man he is covering catches a first down...cmon man wheres the awareness

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:57 PM
Harrison should have never left his feet

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 08:57 PM
harrison was afraid to hit Claussen and blew that play.

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:57 PM
Jeez...this D better start getting pissed off.

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 08:57 PM
You got that right. It's horrible.

They do that because of the fantasy douche fairies who only care about stats and not actually watching the game

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:58 PM
Wildcat got stuffed. Nice stop by Farrior.

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:59 PM
Great play by Farrior there.

theplatypus
12-23-2010, 08:59 PM
Way to go Farrior!

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 08:59 PM
lol, wildcat doesn't work on us, when will teams learn (hopefully never)

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 08:59 PM
Idiot announcer: he said "that's the end of quarter # 3". Wake up.

mesaSteeler
12-23-2010, 08:59 PM
anyone else hate these nfl network commentators? i mean FFS sake guys there's a game going on, shut the **** up and show the game.

I hate em so much that I'm going back to NFL field pass with Bill Hillgrove and the boys and listen to the game. What's the point of NFL network when they don't show the game?

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 08:59 PM
Whoa...this game went fast. End of the third quarter already huh? :chuckle:

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 09:00 PM
That was a helmet to helmet by Farrior,but goes unnoticed because nobody got hurt.Where do you draw the line?

theplatypus
12-23-2010, 09:01 PM
Whoa...this game went fast. End of the third quarter already huh? :chuckle:

They had me fooled for a second.:chuckle:

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:02 PM
Carolina going for it on 4th down: SACKED!!!

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 09:02 PM
Sack on 4th down.

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 09:02 PM
Great play again by Farrior! Sacked!

mesaSteeler
12-23-2010, 09:02 PM
That was a helmet to helmet by Farrior,but goes unnoticed because nobody got hurt.Where do you draw the line?
Don't say that it was a helmet to helmet hit or you get Farrior fined.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 09:02 PM
SACK!!

theplatypus
12-23-2010, 09:02 PM
FARRIOR!!!

jaygorius
12-23-2010, 09:02 PM
Awesome sack! take that!

iceman000123
12-23-2010, 09:03 PM
Get down!!

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:03 PM
Farrior's made some nice stops on this drive: no bad for a guy who's been in the league for 14 years, huh?

theplatypus
12-23-2010, 09:03 PM
How has Mendy looked tonight?

steelax04
12-23-2010, 09:04 PM
I PM'd you a couple links for the game...and I agree, watching it from the NFL.com site is serviceable if you have to, but there are other options.

Thanks... much better than nfl.com. :thumbsup:

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 09:04 PM
im ready just to watch this shit on gamecenter. seriously these commentators are pissing me off! who the hell tunes in to listen to people talk? we wanna WATCH THE GAME

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:05 PM
Mendy with a nice catch - gets 18.

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 09:05 PM
im ready just to watch this shit on gamecenter. seriously these commentators are pissing me off! who the hell tunes in to listen to people talk? we wanna WATCH THE GAME

They want you to pay for dirrect tv and that nfl package... its a conspiracy

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:06 PM
How has Mendy looked tonight?

Very good - had a big run earlier.

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 09:06 PM
Pens just went up 2-1 on the Caps on the first shift of the 3rd.

Two great games so far tonight!

steelax04
12-23-2010, 09:06 PM
We're all over here...

http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=64896

Game day thread.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:06 PM
Uh oh - flag. Holding Kemo again. What else is new?

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 09:07 PM
Lets find Wallace deep!!!

theplatypus
12-23-2010, 09:07 PM
there's the kemo we all know and love

MACH1
12-23-2010, 09:07 PM
They want you to pay for dirrect tv and that nfl package... its a conspiracy

Or cable. :coffee:

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 09:07 PM
scott whiffed on another block why the **** is he in this game again?

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 09:07 PM
im ready just to watch this shit on gamecenter. seriously these commentators are pissing me off! who the hell tunes in to listen to people talk? we wanna WATCH THE GAME

Check your PM's

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:08 PM
Ben gets sacked.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 09:08 PM
why can't we call a play that gets us some of those penalty yards back? now its 3rd and really long...

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 09:08 PM
NO EFFIN CALLLL

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 09:08 PM
and of course a sack as Ben trys to pick up the unrealistic first down...

mesaSteeler
12-23-2010, 09:09 PM
why can't we call a play that gets us some of those penalty yards back? now its 3rd and really long...

Ask Arians.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:09 PM
Foster and Flo couldn't contain their guys. Sigh.

MACH1
12-23-2010, 09:09 PM
Where the tackling with all you body weight flag.

jaygorius
12-23-2010, 09:09 PM
Looks like Ben's nose again

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 09:09 PM
The whistle blew early and another busted up nose???

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 09:09 PM
Good field position blown...

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 09:10 PM
The hell...why isn't he wearing the shield tonight? I thought he said earlier in the week he was going to.

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 09:10 PM
Where the tackling with all you body weight flag.

he wasn't wearing black and gold

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 09:10 PM
The freakin sheild can't even protect Ben's nose

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:10 PM
Damn! Almost recovered the muffed punt. Oh well.

MACH1
12-23-2010, 09:11 PM
The hell...why isn't he wearing the shield tonight? I thought he said earlier in the week he was going to.

He had one on I thought. :noidea:

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 09:11 PM
damn

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 09:11 PM
I love me some muffed punts.

Stupid lucky Panthers.

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 09:11 PM
He had one on I thought. :noidea:

I wasn't sure. I just figured he wasn't if he hurt his nose again.

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 09:12 PM
He had one on I thought. :noidea:

He did, someone got their hand up through the facemask from a different angle... Ben just can't get a break (no pun intended)

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 09:12 PM
Pens 2
Caps 1

What are the odds that the Pens outscore the Steelers?

Bobby_Walden
12-23-2010, 09:12 PM
Carolina playing hard. Steelers should have every reason to play hard and defeat a clearly inferior team. They look sluggish.

mesaSteeler
12-23-2010, 09:12 PM
Craig Woofely says the chin strap poped up and hit Ben in the nose.

steelax04
12-23-2010, 09:13 PM
I love me some muffed punts.

Stupid lucky Panthers.

For some reason I stopped reading after muff...

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:13 PM
Intercepted by BMac!!!

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 09:13 PM
INT!!!

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 09:13 PM
Wooot!!!

Just what this D needed...an interception!

Bobby_Walden
12-23-2010, 09:13 PM
Nice pick by McFadden !

theplatypus
12-23-2010, 09:13 PM
There you go Mcfadden!!

Pentheon
12-23-2010, 09:13 PM
good shit mcfadden, way to bounce back..

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:14 PM
1st down to Heath - gets 13! Yes!!

Bobby_Walden
12-23-2010, 09:15 PM
Nice pass to Heath.

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:15 PM
WALLACE!!! TOUCHDOWN!!!

MACH1
12-23-2010, 09:15 PM
WALLLACE

sharkweek
12-23-2010, 09:15 PM
Wallace...so fast, wow

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 09:15 PM
nice! wallace is the man

he's so fast he sometimes might need to only beat 1 guy and it's 6

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 09:15 PM
Wallace is lightning fast...

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 09:15 PM
They should do that more often

but they wont (cough arians)

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 09:16 PM
BOOM!!!!

Can't take that one back refs!

Always amazes me how fast that kid is!

Pentheon
12-23-2010, 09:16 PM
wallace is too nice....pretty play, great hands and noones catchin his ass..

good shit!!!

steelax04
12-23-2010, 09:16 PM
Love it... GREAT READ!!!

jaygorius
12-23-2010, 09:16 PM
Wally!

iceman000123
12-23-2010, 09:16 PM
That is one FAST DUDE!!!!!!

theplatypus
12-23-2010, 09:16 PM
Nice hot read

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:16 PM
Wallace is a rocket! Told 'ya we'd get that dropped TD back!

steelax04
12-23-2010, 09:16 PM
That was ALL BEN and WALLACE... Arians had nothing to do with that.

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 09:16 PM
SANTONIO WHO?

Deserei90
12-23-2010, 09:17 PM
OMG He's fast!!:tt04:

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 09:17 PM
he was put back in

Bobby_Walden
12-23-2010, 09:17 PM
Nice quick pass to Wallace ! Man that guy has speed ! TD wahoo !

mesaSteeler
12-23-2010, 09:17 PM
That was ALL BEN and WALLACE... Arians had nothing to do with that.

True that!

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 09:17 PM
I think hell has frozen over and pigs are flying.WE HAVE A FIRST QUARTER LEAD!

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 09:17 PM
That was ALL BEN and WALLACE... Arians had nothing to do with that.

That's a hot read by Ben. Probably in the play, but not the primary,

ricardisimo
12-23-2010, 09:17 PM
Nice, but these commentators are absolute morons. Wallace sprints 43 yards off of a short slant pass, and the guy says "That was all Ben Roethlisberger". :doh:

MACH1
12-23-2010, 09:18 PM
That was ALL BEN and WALLACE... Arians had nothing to do with that.

But he'll gladly take the credit.

Bobby_Walden
12-23-2010, 09:18 PM
Amazing how after the pick the team has zip in their step.

Tulsa
12-23-2010, 09:19 PM
We should have run the bubble screen, though.



:)

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:19 PM
Ben's going into the locker room. Having his nose looked at I guess.

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 09:19 PM
Nice, but these commentators are absolute morons. Wallace sprints 43 yards off of a short slant pass, and the guy says "That was all Ben Roethlisberger". :doh:

Ben did make the read that there was no one on Wallace before the play... They aren't morons, they're just quarterback lovers

MACH1
12-23-2010, 09:19 PM
I think hell has frozen over and pigs are flying.WE HAVE A FIRST QUARTER LEAD!

1st qtr. :huh:

Bobby_Walden
12-23-2010, 09:19 PM
Thanks - woops.

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 09:19 PM
We need some more sacks this game!

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:19 PM
I think hell has frozen over and pigs are flying.WE HAVE A FIRST QUARTER LEAD!

Uh, we're in the 2nd quarter.

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 09:20 PM
Uh, we're in the 2nd quarter.

Maybe he ment first half

iceman000123
12-23-2010, 09:20 PM
I think hell has frozen over and pigs are flying.WE HAVE A FIRST QUARTER LEAD!

I expected this against the Panthers and I expect this all night long!!!! :tt02: :tt02: :tt02:

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:20 PM
Damn! Mundy just doesn't look for the ball - he could've gotten an interception off of the tipped pass.

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 09:21 PM
LIKE I SAID EARLIER,IM DRINKING.....

dcsteel5804
12-23-2010, 09:21 PM
I like our receiving corps going into the future. Sanders can take the Hines role, Wallace can be Wallce, and Brown can because the slot receiver. The only one I'm not convinced on is Brown, but he definitely has speed and decent hands too. He probably just needs more looks(in the future) to prove himself

MACH1
12-23-2010, 09:21 PM
Maybe he ment first half

Or he just needs another beer. :drink:

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 09:21 PM
keisel can expect a fine

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:21 PM
Keisel the diesel does it again. Nice pressure.

DoctorCAD
12-23-2010, 09:22 PM
Who is the QB????????????

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 09:22 PM
Or he just needs another beer. :drink:

Cheers!!!!:drink::tt03:

SteelCityMom
12-23-2010, 09:22 PM
Great stop by the D, and great field position again. Let's get 7 more guys! :tt02:

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:22 PM
Whew! That was a scary catch off the ground by Brown. Was afraid he'd muff it.

Fire Arians
12-23-2010, 09:22 PM
keisel can expect a fine

he'll definitely get fined for scaring claussen with his epic beard

MACH1
12-23-2010, 09:23 PM
Who is the QB????????????

Lefty, I believe

dcsteel5804
12-23-2010, 09:23 PM
brown like doin that risky stuff. Hopefully it doesnt cost up downt he road

theplatypus
12-23-2010, 09:23 PM
So do we see Lefty here or is Ben going to sprint out from the locker room?

Bobby_Walden
12-23-2010, 09:23 PM
Way to field that quick hop. Whoa.

lionslicer
12-23-2010, 09:23 PM
he'll definitely get fined for scaring claussen with his epic beard

His bear is so epic, it makes Chuck Norris' beard jealous

SoCalFan
12-23-2010, 09:23 PM
Whew! That was a scary catch off the ground by Brown. Was afraid he'd muff it.

Ha,ha...You said muff.:toofunny:

NYC_Steeler
12-23-2010, 09:24 PM
What the hell was Ray Lewis thinking when they came to him with the idea for that Old Spice commercial?!!