Steelers: Better lucky than good
Steelers: Better lucky than good
Sunday, November 28, 2010 05:05 PM
Written by Bob Smizik
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If you’re a fan of football with high drama, this game was for you.
If you’re a fan of football full of huge plays, this game was for you.
If you’re a fan who likes to question coaching strategy, this game was for you.
If you're a fan who believes sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, this game definitely was for you.
The Steelers dominated early and hung on for dear life late today at Buffalo to win in overtime, 19-16.
What a football game!
The Steelers are 8-3 and in excellent position to make the post-season. But they’ll have to play better than they did today.
In a play neither he, nor his teammates nor Buffalo fans ever will forget, Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson dropped a pass in the end zone in overtime that would have won the game. Not only was Johnson wide open, the ball was placed perfectly in his hands.
It looked so much like a game-winning touchdown Buffalo players began celebrating. Those with their back turned to the play had to be told to stop.
The Steelers led, 13-0 at halftime -- a touchdown and two field goals -- but scored only three points in the second half as their once-potent offense either came to a halt or could not make a big play.
Buffalo scored a touchdown on a 65-yard pass play on its second possession of the third quarter and that seemed to suck all of the momentum away from the Steelers, who had totally dominated the first half.
Buffalo got three field goals in the fourth quarter, as the Steelers bend-but-don’t break defense gave up yards but not touchdowns.
The biggest play of the fourth quarter was made as Buffalo had a second and 7 on its own 12 with about three minutes remaining and appeared headed for at least a game-tying field goal but more likely a go-ahead touchdown. But in swooped Troy Polamalu to gather in a tipped ball just short of the goal line for a crucial interception.
The Steelers could not move the ball and the Bills came back for a game-tying field goal to send the game into overtime. They had much the better of it in the extra period but Johnson’s drop in the end zone seemed to take the fight out of them.
The Steelers moved 63 yards on 13 plays to set up a 41-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham, his fourth of the game.
The Steelers ran superbly against Buffalo’s worst-in-the-league rush defense. Rashard Mendenhall gained 151 yards on 36 carries and Isaac Redman added 25 on five carries.
It was enough -- barely.
Re: Steelers: Better lucky than good
This mentality of "better lucky than good" is exactly what will get us one and done in the playoffs. If we even make them. This is why Ariens is Crap. When a team plays down to their inferior competition, something is wrong. When a team abandons what has built them a 13-0 lead only to luck out in Overtime, something is wrong. Terribly Towel wrong.
When will this team learn that Ben is not only getting older, all those hits are starting to take their toll. When will we go after a game changer on our OL in the draft? If anything, Pouncy should teach them this. Not hard to understand people, protect your passer and with the talent we have, we will win the game (except against the Pats)
Our D is one of the best in the league. If our O can score and keep the other team off the field, we will win. That is crucial, especially in the playoffs. That is why the Pats creamed us. We didn't keep Barbie doll brady off the field. Our first 1st down was in teh 2nd qtr!!??? That won't get it done. The Lions were up 14-3 on Turkey day, could you imagine being ahead 13-3 aganst the Pats? I can guarantee you that they don't drop that O/T winning pass.
We won't beat good teams playing this type of inept Offense. With how many offensive minded coaches that are available, if we keep Arians we deserve what we get.......A brown stain.
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