Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 10/9/12

PITTSBURGH (16) d PHILADELPHIA (14)


The Headline: Steelers escape on a last second field goal


The Story:


In the battle of Pennsylvania the Steelers managed to come out on top in a tough, scrappy battle. The Steelers defense handled the Eagles offense limiting them to 246 total yards on offense and forcing two Michael Vick fumbles while gaining nearly 100 more yards themselves and avoiding the costly turnovers themselves. It was far from a perfect, efficient performance on offense however as they did fumble three times (but were lucky enough to recover those) and only generated one touchdown on the afternoon but they did get themselves into position to kick three field goals which made the difference at the end of the day. Philadelphia had to battle back after finding themselves down 10-0 at halftime and with six and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter they had taken the lead on a Vick touchdown pass to Brent Celek. Pittsburgh responded by holding onto the ball with a long, patient drive down the field to eat up the rest of the clock and kick the game winning field goal.


Key Stat: Even in most categories


Aside from the Steelers outgaining the Eagles, the numbers for this game were surprisingly even which does perhaps reflect the type of game that came down to the final play to decide the winner. Both sides were around 40% efficiency on third down, both sides made all of their kicks, and both teams fell short of converting in goal to go territory once.


Key Play: Ben Roethlisberger’s 20 yard pass to Antonio Brown on third down


With 5:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Steelers were struggling on what would turn into the game winning drive. Facing a third and twelve from their own 18 yard line, Roethlisberger found Brown for 20 yards to keep the drive alive and get them out of their own defensive red zone. It kick started the drive for the Steelers which lead to the game winning field goal by Sean Suisham


Man of the Match: Larry Foote


8 tackles (5 solo), 2 fumbles recovered


In his eleventh season in the league, one of the Steelers’ bunch of senior citizens on defense stepped up and had a great game against their in-state rivals. His two biggest plays on the afternoon came in the form of fumble recoveries after Michael Vick had coughed up the ball. His first one came as the Eagles were right on the Pittsburgh goal line and it stopped the Eagles getting any points while his second one gave the Steelers offense a chance at scoring (which they didn’t convert).





MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jags coach says Blake Bortles’ starting job is in jeopardy

Report: New Marlins owners will seriously consider trading Stanton

Report: Raiders CB Sean Smith charged with felony assault

Red Sox owner wants to rename Yawkey Way

NFLPA leader: Lockout or strike in 2021 a ‘virtual certainty’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ex-Cav: LeBron James-Kyrie Irving relationship can be fixed

Le’Veon Bell reportedly will return before regular season

Report: Aaron Donald has not ruled out skipping all of 2017

Multiple brawls erupt during 49ers, Broncos joint practice

Goodell: Josh Gordon reinstatement not under consideration

Report: Ric Flair’s drinking problem contributed to health issues

The 'M! E! S! S! Mess! Mess! Mess!' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Giancarlo Stanton won't stop hitting homers

NFL shifts blame for Zeke suspension to police and NFLPA

Box Score 8/17: Interleague games bring the fireworks

The 'Forget Calvin, bring back Jerry' quiz

The top 20 left-handed pitchers of all-time

Box Score 8/16: There is no stopping the Dodgers

The '27 up, 27 down' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Charles Oakley slams the phone — and his opponents — down

The Cardinals have their season back by the unlikeliest of means

The BIG3 in L.A.: The reverse Danny Almonte comes to Staples Center

Box Score 8/15: Stanton's power surge has no end in sight

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'M! E! S! S! Mess! Mess! Mess!' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Giancarlo Stanton won't stop hitting homers

NFL shifts blame for Zeke suspension to police and NFLPA

The 'Forget Calvin, bring back Jerry' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Charles Oakley slams the phone — and his opponents — down

The '27 up, 27 down' quiz

The Cardinals have their season back by the unlikeliest of means

The 'For Sale this fall: All of the awards' quiz

The BIG3 in L.A.: The reverse Danny Almonte comes to Staples Center

Getaway Day: It's an all-inclusive Wild Card party

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker