Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 10/9/11

The Titans got the ball to start the game and came out doing what every other team has done all season, run the ball on us.  First play from scrimmage Chris Johnson busted off a 21 yard run.  And then ran for 34 yards on the first series of the the game that ended in a field goal for the Titans after 4 penalties, 2 on each team, including a crucial illegal contact on James Farrior that resulted in a 1st and goal for the Titans.  But the Steelers put on a great effort and held them to a field goal, with a great sack by LaMarr Woodley.  The kick off to Steelers Antonio Brown who ran the ball out to nearly the 50 to give the Steelers great field position.  Roethlisberger came out a moved us down the field after a challenged catch by Mike Wallace on 3rd down and threw a nice pass to TE Heath Miller for his first touchdown of the season.  Tennessee came back with one first down before punting to the Steelers that was fair caught by Antonio Brown.  Isaac Redman ran 5 yards to end the first quarter.

The second quarter was when it got fun.  The offense ran two more plays not getting the first down.  On 4th and 5 at the 50 Sepulveda came out to punt, only he faked the punt and threw a beautiful 33 yard pass to a wide open Safety Ryan Mundy.  Who knew we had another back up QB in Dan Sepulveda!  It took only two more plays for Ben to find Hines Ward in the endzone for his second touchdown pass of the day.  The Titans came back and our defense forced them into a 3 and out situation.  The Steelers then started their next drive at the Pittsburgh 10 yard line when running back Jonathan Dwyer received some excellent blocking opening up a beautiful hole and busted out for a 76 yard run to the Tennessee 14 yard line.  Four running plays and a Titan penalty later, Roethlisberger threw his third touchdown to TE David Johnson to make the score 21-3.  After another short possession by the Titans, the Steeler offense went into the hurry up and Roethlisberger ended up throwing a garbage interception with 8 seconds left in the half.
The Titans then losing 31-10 went for it on 4th and 5 on the Steelers 40 yard line and did not get the 1st down.  The Steelers couldn’t manage a first down and Dan Sepulveda’s punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown that was then negated by a Titan illegal block.  Regardless the Titans managed to turn the good field position into 7 more points to make the game 31-10 with under 4 minutes to play.  But that wasn’t enough for Roethlisberger and company, on a 3rd and 6 from the Tennessee 40 Roethlisberger aired it out to Wallace for a beautiful touchdown pass to none other than Mike Wallace.  The Titans tried to bring the score closer with a last minute effort but couldn’t get it down and ended their 3 straight wins with a score for 38-17.The Steelers got the ball to start the second half and went three and out.  During this series Ben took his one and ONLY sack of the entire day.  I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.   The Titans went three and out as well.  Which was exactly the story of the third quarter.  In the Steelers 2nd possession they marched down the field and scored, with another pass from Roethlisberger to Hines Ward.  The Titans then came back and also scored on a Chris Johnson run into the endzone.  The Titans in an effort to gain some momentum kicked an onsides kick and managed to recover it, only to have Hasselback throw a pass that was bobbled and then intercepted on the very next play by LaMarr Woodley.  This play set up the Steelers to get a field goal to start the 4th quarter.
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