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mesaSteeler
12-09-2011, 06:22 AM
Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Game 13 vs. Browns
Friday, December 09, 2011
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11343/1195744-66-0.stm
Game Ball goes to: WR Antonio Brown

For the second consecutive game, the big plays were turned in by the second-year receiver. He finished with five catches for a career-high 151 yards, but he made the play that sealed the victory -- a 79-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown with 2:52 remaining. Brown made a back-shoulder grab at his 34, causing CB Joe Haden to fall. He turned up the sideline, turned S Mike Adams around, and beat him to the pylon. "He's fun to watch," receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. "Sometimes you get caught up watching this guy like everybody else. He's special."

X's AND O's

A pair of fumbles in the span of three plays in the red zone -- one by Hines Ward at the Browns 15, another by tight end Heath Miller at the 7 -- looked to be more nuisances than potential game-changers. But, after Ben Roethlisberger's left ankle was injured in the second quarter, those missed offensive opportunities became even more significant. The Steelers had only a 7-3 lead at halftime and need a late touchdown by Brown to secure the victory. "I felt like we were moving the ball, moving the ball, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot," Miller said. "Fortunately, our defense kept us in the game."

THE COUNTDOWN

A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:

1. BIG-PLAY GAY: After safety Mike Adams returned a Roethlisberger interception 29 yards to the Cleveland 44, the Browns threatened to take the lead when they moved to the Steelers 5 with the help of a helmet-to-helmet hit penalty on James Harrison. But, after an illegal grounding penalty, QB Colt McCoy's third-down pass from the 16 was intercepted in the end zone by CB William Gay, who used his body to out-position WR Mohamed Massaquoi.

2. STOPPED BY A FOOTE: One play after replay overturned a 2-yard TD scramble by QB Colt McCoy, ILB Larry Foote hit RB Peyton Hillis for a 1-yard loss, forcing the Browns to kick a field goal on their opening drive. "We're hitting our stride right now -- right before the playoffs," Foote said.

3. BEN'S INJURY: After two runs by Rashard Mendenhall gained 14 yards, Roethlisberger was sacked by former Steelers DT Scott Paxson and came out of the game with a high ankle sprain. Backup Charlie Batch played three series and did not complete a pass in two attempts.

4. BAD DECISION: After replay overturned a 24-yard catch-and-run for an apparent touchdown by wide receiver Mike Wallace, ruling him down at the 2, the Steelers failed to score on four consecutive runs by Mendenhall, the last three from the 1.

5. QUICK SCORE: After the Browns took a 3-0 lead, the Steelers answered with a touchdown on their opening drive, thanks to a pair of big plays by Wallace -- a 22-yard catch on the first play and a 21-yard run on a reverse that ended at the Browns 11.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

6 That's the amount of times the Steelers have scored touchdowns on their opening drive this season. After the Browns took a 3-0 lead, the Steelers went 73 yards on five plays, capped by Ben Roethlisberger's 11-yard TD toss to Jerricho Cotchery.

WHAT WAS HE THINKING?

Anyone wondering why G Chris Kemoeatu lost his starting job to Doug Legursky got the answer in the second half. After Legursky had to replace injured C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), Kemoeatu went in and promptly committed three major penalties in the second half -- two holding penalties and another for illegal hands-to-the-face. Two of the penalties wiped out third-down conversions, with the latter ultimately resulting in an interception by Ben Roethlisberger. Those were three of the season-high 12 penalties committed by the Steelers.

OVERHEARD

"I have to admit I was a little surprised when I saw him limping back [on the field] to start the second half. But when I stepped back and thought about it, I wasn't surprised at all. We've seen him do it before."

-- TE Heath Miller on Roethlisberger's return to the game

NEXT OPPONENT

vs. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 8:30 P.M. DEC. 19. Since 1990, the Steelers have met the 49ers only six times, including three games in San Francisco (1-2). The most recent meeting was a 37-16 victory at Heinz Field in 2007

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Whodis
12-09-2011, 06:55 AM
Bad Decision- To go for it on 4th down or hand the ball off to Mendenhall inside the 10 yard line?

Is Doug Legursky under appreciated? The fact that he can play any where and when he does you don't here his name. I thought Max Starks had another good game yesterday and the O-Line as a whole stepped up when Ben came back.