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SteelCityMom
11-07-2011, 07:22 AM
Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Game 9 vs. Ravens
Monday, November 07, 2011
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


GAME BALL GOES TO: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER
After a slow start in which the offense managed only two field goals in the first half, Roethlisberger brought the Steelers back from a 10-point deficit by passing for 215 of his 330 yards in the second half. On back-to-back touchdown drives, he completed 7 of 11 passes for 124 yards and also had an 8-yard scramble to give the Steelers a 20-16 lead. And the play he made on Mike Wallace's go-ahead TD catch -- rolling to his right and throwing on the run -- is something he does better than just about any other NFL quarterback.


X's AND O's
After rushing four times for 17 yards on the first series of the second half, the Steelers moved to the Ravens 14 with the help of a 21-yard pass to Antonio Brown and a 15-yarder to Mike Wallace. But, on first down, Roethlisberger tried a quick sideline screen to Wallace that DE/LB Terrell Suggs leaped high to intercept -- only Roethlisberger's third interception in the past five games. But it was also Roethlisberger's third interception in the red zone against the Ravens this season. "We had a screen set up," Roethlisberger said. "Suggs made a great play on the pick."


THE COUNTDOWN A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:
1. SECONDARY OR SECOND-RATE? It was bad enough the Steelers secondary had three penalties on three separate drives that resulted in two FGs and a touchdown. But, allowing the Ravens to drive 92 yards on 13 plays to score the winning touchdown -- all on passes from QB Joe Flacco -- was inexcusable. William Gay got beat for the winning 26-yard touchdown to Torrey Smith. Four plays earlier, Smith beat CB Ike Taylor and dropped the ball in the end zone.
2. SOME RETURN: After missing four games with a fractured orbital socket, Pro Bowl OLB James Harrison returned in a big way -- registering three sacks, six quarterback hurries and forcing a fumble that resulted in a go-ahead touchdown to Mike Wallace with 4:59 remaining.
3. WHAT A CATCH: On third-and-17 at the Steelers' 23, Antonio Brown made a great shoe-top catch between two defenders for a 21-yard gain, keeping alive an 11-play drive that ended with Rashard Mendenhall's 1-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 16-13.
4. NO-FEAR FLACCO: The Ravens picked on CB William Gay all the way down the field on their winning TD drive, but they weren't afraid to go at Ike Taylor, either. The biggest play came when Anquan Boldin converted a third-and-8 with an 11-yard catch on Taylor to the Steelers 26. (You mean someone not named Gay got burnt! Shocking. :chuckle: )
5. BEN'S SCRAMBLE: On third-and-5 at the Ravens 9, Roethlisberger scrambled up the middle for what appeared to be a 9-yard touchdown, only to have replay overturn the score and mark the ball at the 1. Mendenhall scored one play later to cut the Ravens' lead to three.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
4 That's the number of takeaways the Steelers have this season -- fewest in the NFL -- but that's also the number of touchdowns they've scored off takeaways this season. (The second part of the stat is a good one...that was an issue that plagued the offense for a while. Wish they had more opportunities. 4 is a horrible number right now.)


WHAT WAS HE THINKING?
The Steelers committed a costly delay-of-game penalty from the Ravens 29 with 2:34 remaining, a gaffe that might have prevented the Ravens from winning the game in the final eight seconds. Shaun Suisham had come on to attempt a 47-yard field goal, but the penalty pushed Suisham out of his range and forced the Steelers to punt. "I accept responsibility for that," coach Mike Tomlin said. "... I was concerned about that distance and we had some change of personnel with a new holder. ... I sent them out late and ended up with a delay."


OVERHEARD
"That's a tough defeat for us. But tip our caps to Baltimore. They finished better than we did. We didn't make enough plays to win the game. I feel like we have a good football team. We will have more opportunities to show it. But that doesn't lessen the fact that we weren't able to get the job done tonight."
-- Mike Tomlin, Steelers coach (Classy as always...now make sure the team puts that behind them, for now)


SUNDAY'S OPPONENT
@ CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1 P.M. The Bengals have won six in a row after a 24-17 victory in Tennessee. The Steelers have won nine of the past 10 meetings in Cincinnati, including postseason.


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11311/1188174-66-0.stm?cmpid=steelers.xml#ixzz1d1doSuo4

SteelCityMom
11-07-2011, 07:23 AM
I personally would have given Harrison my game ball...but Ben did play very well in the second half. Can't blame him or Arians for that last drive (IMO) when Johnson drops and easy catch and Moore doesn't turn around quick enough, to get first downs.

mizzouristeeler
11-07-2011, 07:26 AM
Broke my tv remote when johnson dropped that pass.

SteelCityMom
11-07-2011, 07:29 AM
Broke my tv remote when johnson dropped that pass.

Yeah, being that thin at WR really made a difference towards the end of the game. Not an excuse, that pass still should have been caught, but I have to believe that Ward, Sanders or even Battle make those two catches all day.

GMU Steeler
11-07-2011, 07:41 AM
Yeah people want to blame Arians but Johnson needs to catch that. Guys need to execute and you can't always blame the coaches when guys don't execute which you know is part of their job. What frustrates me most about the game other than the 92 yard drive was the third quarter pick. We had the potential to get a FG or even a TD on that drive and came away with nothing. The other thing that killed us was how the Ravens converted 2/3's of their third downs.

lipps83
11-07-2011, 10:50 AM
Yeah people want to blame Arians but Johnson needs to catch that. Guys need to execute and you can't always blame the coaches when guys don't execute which you know is part of their job. What frustrates me most about the game other than the 92 yard drive was the third quarter pick. We had the potential to get a FG or even a TD on that drive and came away with nothing. The other thing that killed us was how the Ravens converted 2/3's of their third downs.

That ball never should have been thrown. A run play, regardless of yardage would have taken the clock down to 2 minutes left, or the Ravens would have burnt their last time out.

No delay of game, and fewer time to work with for the Ravens, Instead, we blew that with one of the dumbest play calls I have ever seen with the game on the line.

Nothing will ever top Arians calling a draw play in our end zone however.

I for the life of me, cannot fathom how the heck that guy still has a job here.

Sixburgher
11-07-2011, 10:54 AM
That ball never should have been thrown. A run play, regardless of yardage would have taken the clock down to 2 minutes left, or the Ravens would have burnt their last time out.

No delay of game, and fewer time to work with for the Ravens, Instead, we blew that with one of the dumbest play calls I have ever seen with the game on the line.

Please. If it would've gotten stuffed, and the Ravens would've scored anyway (and there was nothing our defense did at the end of the game to suggest they wouldn't have), you'd be bitching that he should've passed.

kirklandrules
11-07-2011, 11:07 AM
That ball never should have been thrown. A run play, regardless of yardage would have taken the clock down to 2 minutes left, or the Ravens would have burnt their last time out.

No delay of game, and fewer time to work with for the Ravens, Instead, we blew that with one of the dumbest play calls I have ever seen with the game on the line.

Nothing will ever top Arians calling a draw play in our end zone however.

I for the life of me, cannot fathom how the heck that guy still has a job here.

I don't believe the Ravens needed that last time out ... as much as I don't like some of the play calling, and I did feel they were way too conservative on that last drive, you do expect the players to execute. Johnson was open and would have had an easy 5 - 10 yard gain if he just catches the ball. My take is the Ravens players made more plays than the Steelers.

Danny136200
11-07-2011, 11:48 AM
I personally would have given Harrison my game ball...but Ben did play very well in the second half. Can't blame him or Arians for that last drive (IMO) when Johnson drops and easy catch and Moore doesn't turn around quick enough, to get first downs.
those two plays failed to let us kill some clock. Aside from those two plays, I really like the way we played during that drive (our last offensive possesion), instead of playing conservative (Cowboys against the pats a couple of weeks ago), we did what was working all game long, passing the ball. Unfortunately, those two plays cost us.

Danny136200
11-07-2011, 11:50 AM
Please. If it would've gotten stuffed, and the Ravens would've scored anyway (and there was nothing our defense did at the end of the game to suggest they wouldn't have), you'd be bitching that he should've passed.

exactly, people would just bitch and blame arians too.

SteelCityMom
11-07-2011, 12:01 PM
those two plays failed to let us kill some clock. Aside from those two plays, I really like the way we played during that drive (our last offensive possesion), instead of playing conservative (Cowboys against the pats a couple of weeks ago), we did what was working all game long, passing the ball. Unfortunately, those two plays cost us.

Yeah...that's how I felt too. I know many wanted the Steelers to run, and like I've said...normally I would agree. Not against the Ravens though. Even if it did chew up some clock time, I feel they would have been lucky to get one first down, and I think it would have given the Ravens better field position and still plenty of time. Most likely, they still would have had a time out as well, and possibly the two minute warning. So I honestly think passing was the right thing to do here. They had a 4 point lead, not a 14 point lead.

I wanted them to play to win the game...get some more points! Unfortunately, those two drops negated that (as did the bizarre FG situation).

stb_steeler
11-07-2011, 03:18 PM
That ball never should have been thrown. A run play, regardless of yardage would have taken the clock down to 2 minutes left, or the Ravens would have burnt their last time out.

No delay of game, and fewer time to work with for the Ravens, Instead, we blew that with one of the dumbest play calls I have ever seen with the game on the line.

Nothing will ever top Arians calling a draw play in our end zone however.

I for the life of me, cannot fathom how the heck that guy still has a job here.

I was wondering why there wasnt any run plays called aslo. We all know run plays are a good time waster, but then again it seems like we have gotten away from that type of football.

lipps83
11-07-2011, 04:12 PM
Please. If it would've gotten stuffed, and the Ravens would've scored anyway (and there was nothing our defense did at the end of the game to suggest they wouldn't have), you'd be bitching that he should've passed.

Gosh, you know.... I think you are right. What should I have for dinner since you seem to be so in tune with my thought process?