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Old 12-28-2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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Default Notebook: A day of first downs

Notebook: A day of first downs
By: Andrew Chiapazzi
Beaver County Times

Monday December 28, 2009 12:05 AM


It was a day full of firsts for several players, as rookie WR Tyler Grisham had his first career catch in the fourth quarter and veteran CB Ike Taylor had his first career sack when he dropped Joe Flacco for an eight yard loss in the second quarter. First-year DE Ziggy Hood also had his first career sack, and he also came up with his first career fumble recovery when he snagged Flacco’s fumble in the fourth quarter to seal the game. Finally, with Ray Rice’s 141-yard performance Sunday, the Steelers allowed a 100-yard rusher for the first time since Fred Taylor did it for Jacksonville on Dec. 16, 2007.


Defensive lineman Nick Eason found himself in a different position during a third-quarter kickoff return when he was forced to return a short kick. Eason said he was a bit indecisive and made a small wave with his hand before returning the kick. “I didn’t think guys would see that,” Eason said, “So I was thinking, ‘Man, I better catch the ball or guys are going to spear me.’ So I just caught it and ran.” But referee Pete Morelli and several Ravens saw the hand movement, determined Eason called fair catch, and penalized the Steelers 5 yards for an illegal return. It is the second official return for Eason, who had a 10-yard return against New England in 2007.
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One of many records broken came courtesy of rookie Stefan Logan. After piling up 129 kickoff return yards, Logan now has 1,383 yards this season. That breaks the Steelers’ single season record of 1,306 (Ernie Mills in 1995).


With a crowd of 64,068, the Steelers established a new single-season attendance record at Heinz Field. An announced 507,802 people attended Steelers’ home games this season, surpassing the previous record of 507,434 in 2005.


LB James Harrison played despite suffering an arm injury in practice Thursday. WR Hines Ward played through a sore hamstring but pulled himself out in the fourth quarter when it stiffened up. Ward said afterward that he is “day-to-day.” Meanwhile, DE Brett Keisel suffered a stinger midway through the third quarter. All are expected to be available for Miami.


Newly-signed WR Joey Galloway, SS Troy Polamalu, G Chris Kemoeatu, FB Carey Davis, DB Keenan Lewis, G Kraig Urbik, and DE Sunny Harris were all inactive. Charlie Batch served as the third QB.
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