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Steelers-Cowboys wrap

December 8, 2008 - Buck Frank

--The image of Deshea Townsend picking off that pass and racing to the end zone was reminiscent of another Steelers-Cowboys moment. Yes, Larry Brown returning a pick against the Steelers and Neil O'Donnell in Super Bowl XXX.

--As pointed out in a column last week, the Steelers need to improve on the offensive line, punting and penalties. They did a little better in one area Sunday -- penalties, although a delay of game on the first offensive play was not a good start. The offensive line had barely a passing grade -- the Steelers rushed for just a 2.7 yards-per-carry average, the Cowboys ran through the linemen on a fourth-and-goal play, and Big Ben was sacked five times. Mitch Berger's punting average was 32.8. That just shouldn't cut it at this level.

--The Steelers did overcome bad punting and kicking to win their first two Super Bowls.

--The Steelers have not officially clinched a playoff spot, despite what you may have read. They needed to win and have the Dolphins and Patriots lose Sunday, but both of those teams won.

--Arlen Harris was the St. Louis Ram who filled in for Marshall Faulk back in 2003 and ran for 80-some yards and three touchdowns against the Steelers. Tashard Choice ended up having the biggest game a back has had against the Steelers this year with 166 total yards Sunday.

--I still can't believe they won Sunday.

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