The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the New York Giants 24-20 in Sunday NFL action.Isaac Redman who ran hard between the tackles and set the team up inside the Red Zone, but was capped off by a Ben Roethlisberger to Emmanuel Sanders four-yard touchdown pass. This 58-yard drive moved the Steelers in front 7-0 in the second quarter.
The Giants got the ball after the touchdown and took advantage of two critical but questionable Steelers penalties to move into scoring position. The referee aided drive covered 72-yards in eight-plays was capped by a one-yard Andre Brown touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7. After another controversial play that benefitted the Giants, the Steelers found themselves down 14-7, after Michael Boley returned a Roethlisberger fumble 70-yards for a touchdown. On the play, it appeared that Roethlisberger’s arm was moving forward when the ball came out. The play was reviewed and upheld.
When the Giants missed a field goal near the end of the half, Roethlisberger and the Steelers were able to quickly move the ball down the field and get into scoring position for them. At the end of the half, Shaun Suisham connected on a 30-yard field goal to bring the score to 14-10 at halftime.
The Steelers wasted great field position to start the second half and then Manning led the Giants downfield on another scoring drive. Lawrence Tynes caps the nine-play 61-yard drive by connecting on a 50-yard field goal to extend the Giants lead to 17-10. After a Roethlisberger interception, the Giants extend the lead to 20-10 on a second Tynes field goal from 23-yards out.
With pressure mounting to score, the Steelers needed a drive to stay in the game, and that is what they got. Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace for a 51-yard touchdown pass to cap the 75-yard drive, to pull them within three at 20-17. After going for a fake field goal and failing, the defense held setting up the Steelers at mid-field. Nine plays later, Isaac Redman plunged in from one-yard out to give the Steelers the lead at 24-20 with four minutes remaining.
The biggest news in the game for the Steelers was again injuries. Wide receiver Antonio Brown left the game in the first half with an ankle injury and did not return. However, that was not the most serious injury for the team, as explosive rookie Chris Rainey left the game in the second half and was transported to the hospital with a possible collapsed lung. No update on either player was made available.
For the third straight week, the Steelers had another strong performance from their running game, with Isaac Redman leading the way with 147-yards on 27 carries and one touchdown. This running game set up the passing game, which allowed Roethlisberger to take advantage completing 21-of-30 passes for 216-yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Wallace (3-66-1), Jerricho Cotchery (4-50), and Heath Miller (4-48) led the way for the receiver corps.
Defensively, the Steelers defense played one of their most complete games of 2012, holding the potent Giants offense relatively in check and sacking Manning twice. In all, Manning completed only 10-of-24 passes for 125 yards and 1 interception.
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