In an article that I wrote prior to today’s game, I said that Ben Roethlisberger was a better quarterback than Eli Manning. And Big Ben did a lot today to prove that I was right, as he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 24-20 come from behind victory.
The Steelers played an unusually sloppy game in which they were penalized 6 times for 119 yards. That’s almost twice as much yardage as the Giants were able to gain on the ground. In fact, it’s only 6 yards less than Eli Manning passed for during the game. So in some ways, the Giants’ most effective offense was the referees.
The refs called phantom helmet-to-helmet hits. They called imaginary pass interference penalties. They allowed arguable fumbles. And they failed to call blatant clipping penalties.
Partially due to the terrible calls by the referees, the Steelers found themselves trailing 20-10 going into the 4th quarter. Fortunately, the Steelers didn’t allow the Refs to snatch victory from their hands.
Mike Wallace outran the Giants’ defense for a 51 yard touchdown, and Isaac Redman scored a touchdown late in the game to give the Steelers a 24-20 win.
The Steelers probably should have had another score, but they failed to go for a first down on 4th and 1. Instead, they opted to fake a field goal and have Shaun Suisham attempt to run for a TD. The play failed miserably, and the Steelers got no points despite being in the red zone.
The hero of Sunday’s game was definitely Steelers running back Isaac Redman. He ran the ball 26 times for 147 yards. That’s a 5.7 yards per carry average. Redman’s constant pounding seemed to demoralize the vaunted Giants defense.
Big Ben also outplayed his 2004 draft class rival Eli Manning. Manning only passed for 125 yards, and end ended the game with a paltry 41.1 passer rating. He also threw an interception. Meanwhile, Ben threw for 216 yards, two touchdowns, and had a 98.8 passer rating.
The Steelers now trail the Baltimore Ravens by one game in the AFC North, but they face them twice in the next 4 weeks, so their fate is in their own hands.