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Old 09-12-2011, 06:12 AM   #1
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Default Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Game 1 vs. Ravens

Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Game 1 vs. Ravens
Monday, September 12, 2011


On a day in which it was difficult to find any standout performance, Taylor did what he was asked to do -- shut down Baltimore's new deep threat, Lee Evans. Evans did not catch a pass despite being targeted four times by QB Joe Flacco. Taylor was not only playing for the first time since he broke his left thumb in the preseason opener; he was playing with a protective cast on his thumb. His only mistake: A 15-yard penalty for head-butting T Michael Oher after the play in the third quarter, giving the Ravens a first down.

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The Steelers overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit in the 2010 AFC championship game when the Ravens had turnovers on three consecutive possessions to start the second half. This time, trailing 21-7 at halftime, it was the Steelers who had turnovers on the first three possessions of the second half to end any hope of another comeback. Rashard Mendenhall's bobbled handoff and Roethlisberger's two interceptions resulted in 11 points and a 32-7 deficit. "That was big-time," said C Maurkice Pouncey.


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

1. BOBBLED START: Trailing 21-7 at halftime, RB Rashard Mendenhall fumbled a bobbled handoff from Ben Roethlisberger on the first play from their 24. The Ravens wasted little time capitalizing on the mistake, scoring on an 18-yard pass from QB Joe Flacco to TE Ed Dickson on the next play to make it 29-7. It was the first of six turnovers on seven possessions in the second half. "You can't start like that, not here in Baltimore," said WR Hines Ward.

2. RICE SETS THE TONE: On the first play of the game, RB Ray Rice ran between LB James Harrison and S Troy Polamalu for a 36-yard gain to the Steelers 30, setting up Joe Flacco's 27-yard TD to Anquan Boldin two plays later. "From the first play, they stepped on the gas pedal," said LB James Farrior.

3.REED'S DEEDS: After intercepting him just once in nine previous games, Ravens S Ed Reed had two interceptions against Roethlisberger, each coming inside the red zone in the second half. Reed has 56 career interceptions, most among active players.

4. QUITE A TURNAROUND: After going the entire preseason without a turnover, the Steelers committed seven against the Ravens -- four fumbles and three interceptions by Roethlisberger. "It's humbling and embarrassing to give up seven turnovers," said RT Willie Colon.

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Just an abysmal performance by the whole team.
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