Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Game 11 vs. Bills
Monday, November 29, 2010
Game Ball goes to: K Shaun Suisham
Suisham did not have to attempt a field goal against the Oakland Raiders, his first game since being signed to replace Jeff Reed. But he converted all four of his attempts against the Bills, including the winning 41-yarder in overtime. Suisham converted from 45, 46, 48 and 41 yards, meaning he has converted his past 12 FG attempts between 40 and 49 yards, dating to his days with the Redskins. "The 48-yarder into the wind, we both knew if he hit it perfect he could make it -- and he did," said P Daniel Sepulveda, his place-holder.
X's AND O's
Ben Roethlisberger's ability to convert on third down (7 of 9) in the first half was responsible for the Steelers possessing the ball for 24 minutes and building a 13-0 halftime lead. But, for the second game in a row, he made a big play with his feet, not his arm. On third-and-17 from his 29, Roethlisberger escaped a sack by Chris Kelsay and outraced DE Marcus Stroud for an 18-yard gain that eventually led to the go-ahead FG and a 16-13 lead. "I can't let that No. 7 on the other side of the state outplay me," Roethlisberger said, referring to Eagles QB Michael Vick.
A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:
1STEVIE WONDER: Bills WR Stevie Johnson had a team-high seven catches for 68 yards, but it was the ball he didn't catch that everyone will remember. After getting behind CB Ike Taylor and S Ryan Clark, Johnson easily ran under what would have been a 40-yard TD pass in overtime -- and dropped it. The Steelers forced a punt and scored on the ensuing drive. "I thought it was done," Clark said. "It was a good pass, a good route. I knew he caught it, and then he dropped it. God was on our side."
2Ground Control: In a game in which he rushed for a season-high 151 yards, Rashard Mendenhall carried four times for 27 yards and Isaac Redman converted two third downs with 5- and 7-yard runs to set up Suisham's winning FG in overtime.
3TRIPPED UP: Bills CB Leodis McKelvin returned the opening kick in overtime 49 yards, the longest against the Steelers this season. But the return would have been longer, and maybe gone for a touchdown, if he didn't trip over teammate Arthur Moats at the Steelers' 48.
4Troy's Ploy: On second-and-7 at the Steelers' 12, Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tried to jam a pass to Johnson that was broken up by CB William Gay and intercepted by a diving Troy Polamalu, keeping the Bills from scoring the tying or go-ahead points with 2:51 remaining.
5Dread Zone: Bills WR Lee Evans had only one catch for 9 yards, and he fumbled that at the Steelers' 19 after a hit by LB James Harrison, allowing Polamalu to recover on the opening series of the second half. It was the first of two Bills turnovers in the red zone.
Inside The Numbers: 10
That's the number of sacks registered by OLB James Harrison in 2010, marking the first time in Steelers history a player has recorded 10 or more sacks three consecutive seasons. Harrison had 16 in 2008 and 10 in '09.
What was he thinking?
G Chris Kemoeatu did not have a good game, giving up one of the five sacks on Roethlisberger and getting called for four holding penalties -- three of which the Bills accepted. His penalties wiped out 86 yards in gains, none bigger than a 42-yard run by Rashard Mendenhall. "I felt like a couple calls were iffy, especially that one," Kemoeatu said. "I know when I hold. But I can't dwell on it or blame the refs. I can't make excuses. I got to get a little better technique."
"I was thinking what all the Buffalo fans in the stadium were thinking, what the Bills were thinking on their sideline, what we were thinking on our sideline -- game over."
-- ILB James Farrior when asked what he was thinking when Bills WR Stevie Johnson dropped a deep pass in the end zone in overtime.
Next Sunday's Opponent
@ BALTIMORE RAVENS, 8:20 P.M. SUNDAY: The Steelers have a first-place showdown in Baltimore. The Ravens won the first meeting Oct. 3 in Heinz Field, 17-14, and have won six of the past seven meetings in Baltimore.
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