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Old 11-10-2009, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default Steelers Roll the Broncos on Monday Night


Published November 10th 2009 at 11:37 am by Justin Sobieralski

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Denver- What was called the marquee match up of week 9 in the NFL between the Pittsburgh Steelers, on road facing the 6-1 Denver Broncos, turned out to be a Steelers’ lopsided victory, defeating Denver 28-10 on Monday night.

With four defensive starters out of the lineup for the Steelers due to key injuries, Kyle Orton and the Denver offense opened the game fast and quick moving the ball down the field on what looked like was going to be a long night for Pittsburgh’s defense. Orton connected with Eddie Royal for three receptions totaling 47 yards in the first five minutes of the game, surpassing Royal’s stats from the previous two games combined.

With their traditional bend but don’t break defensive mentality, the Steelers held their ground on the opening drive, holding the Broncos to a field goal after a near interception by William Gay. The Broncos lead 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

After both teams traded possessions in the first quarter, the game’s first touchdown came in the second quarter as safety Tyrone Carter, who was playing in the place of starter Ryan Clark. Carter intercepted a Kyle Orton pass that was intended for Knowshon Moreno and ran it back 48 yards for the Steelers touchdown and gave Pittsburgh their first lead of the game, 7-3.

The start of the third quarter saw Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense pick apart Denver’s defense until Kenny Peterson was able to slip through the offensive line and sack Roethlisberger causing a fumble, which lead to Denver’s only touchdown of the game, as Denver went back on top 10-7.

Denver’s lead did not last long.

On the ensuing possession, the Steelers started their drive on their own 20 yard line as Roethlisberger connected to Mike Wallace for 18 yards. The next play saw Rashard Mendenhall burst through the defense for 24 yards down Denver’s 38 yard line followed by a 35 yard reception by Santonio Holmes as he beat Champ Bailey in one-on-one coverage down to Denver’s three yard line. On first and goal, Roethlisberger through a laser to Hines Ward through traffic as Pittsburgh marched down the field in just four plays for 80 yards to regain the lead, 14-10. Pittsburgh never looked back.

Denver’s next possession saw Orton and Royal combine for another 16 yard play, but the drive stalled and forced Denver to punt, pinning the Steelers down to their three yard line.

Pittsburgh drove down the field as Roethlisberger would take the Steelers on another long drive totaling 91 yards, which took close five minutes off the game clock, only to see the drive be cut short by an interception in the endzone by Denver’s Andre’ Goodman off a pass that was behind the intended receiver Ward. Denver would later punt.

At the end of three quarters, Pittsburgh was holding on to a slim lead still up 14-10.

Both teams traded possessions to start the fourth quarter until Troy Polamalu intercepted an errand pass at Denver’s 23 yard line that was over the head of the intended receiver Brandon Marshall.

With less than nine minutes to go and faced with a third and 10 at Denver’s 25 yard line, Roethlisberger’s ability to scramble allowed just enough time for receiver Mike Wallace to break open in Denver’s coverage for the 25 yard touchdown, Roethlisberger’s second touchdown of the day. Steelers took a 21-10 lead.

Denver’s next possession lasted only three plays for 19 seconds and was forced to punt the ball.

Pittsburgh’s next possession started at their own 26 yard line. After a five yard penalty on a false start, an impressive 36 yard run by Mendenhall took Pittsburgh to Denver’s 46 yard line. Running back Mewelde Moore got into the act and carried the ball four times on the totaling 18 yards. After timeouts by both teams and a seven yard strike to Ward, Mendenhall ran up the middle of the field for 18 yards to Denver’s three yard line.

On the next play, Mendenhall slipped going up the middle of the field and was tackled for a loss but also lost possession of the football. Because it was after the two minute warning, the reply booth reviewed the play and determined that Mendenhall was down. Pittsburgh ran the ball up the middle with Mendenhall again for only a minimal gain. On third down, Ward caught three yard touchdown pass while hurdling a diving Champ Bailey for the touchdown. That was Ward’s second score of the game and Roethlisberger’s third, capping off a drive that lasted 11 plays for 73 yards, all while eating up just over five minutes off the game clock. Steelers increased their lead to 28-10.

Denver’s following drive would result in yet another Tyrone Carter interception, thus sealing the victory for the Steelers, in what seemed to be a neutral stadium, thanks in part to the estimated 15,000 or so Steelers fans in attendance.

Roethlisberger finished the game with game 21/29 for 233 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Mendenhall’s efforts landed him 155 yards on 22 carries for an impressive 7.0 yards per carry while Holmes had one of his better performances with six catches for 93 yards.

Ward finished the day with seven catches, 44 yards, and two touchdowns to go with Mike Wallace’s four catches, 69 yards, and a touchdown.

Defensively, Pittsburgh only allowed 27 rushing yards total with Correll Buckhalter gaining 24 yards on nine carries. For Denver, Brandon Marshall and Royal had 112 and 74 receiving yards respectively, but were not able to capitalize on their first half performances.

The Broncos fall to 6-2, losers of two straight, while the Steelers raise their record to 6-2 with a share first place in the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Coming up next for the Steelers is a battle with the Bengals, with sole possession of first place in the division on the line at Heinz Field, this Sunday, November 15th at 1pm.

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I was at the game last night and I have to say it was AWESOME! I was pretty worried in the beginning with how they were playing but they pulled through like they always do :)
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I couldnt believe how many Towels I saw in the stands. I know we have great fans, but it looked like a home game for us!
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That was a great performance by our beloved steelers. Also one more thing, Bring on the bengals!!!
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