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Steelers highlights,lowlights

Commentary

September 17, 2012
By Buck Frank (bfrank@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

PITTSBURGH - The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers' 27-10 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday at Heinz Field:

Play of the game: With 8 minutes, 53 seconds left in the third quarter and the Steelers holding a 13-10 lead, Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, who beat Antonio Cromartie, adjusted to the ball and kept both feet in bounds.

Offensive player of the game: Roethlisberger completed 24-of-31 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

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Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich
Mike Wallace makes a touchdown catch in front of Jets defender Antonio Cromartie during second-half action at Heinz Field on Sunday.

Defensive player of the game: Steelers safety Ryan Clark had eight tackles, including one for a loss.

Most telling statistic: After the Jets' first drive, quarterback Mark Sanchez was 6-of-22 for 58 yards.

Hidden statistic: The Jets have scored 20 points or more in only four of the 22 all-time meetings with the Steelers and have never scored more than 24 points.

Best pass: Roethlisberger hit tight end Heath Miller in the end zone on a perfect 1-yard lob. Miller had beaten Jets linebacker David Harris.

Worst pass: Sanchez had Santonio Holmes open in the end zone in the second quarter and fired the ball too high.

Best run: New York backup quarterback Tim Tebow took off up the middle for a 22-yard gain in the third quarter.

Best catch: Antonio Brown went high to catch a third-down pass in the fourth quarter and held on to the ball after getting hit by LaRon Landry.

Dropped pass: Steelers running back Chris Rainey messed up a screen pass on a third-and-6 play late in the third quarter.

Best block: Steelers left guard Willie Colon pulled to his right and man-handled his man on Isaac Redman's 2-yard touchdown run late in the game.

Missed block: New York right tackle Austin Howard was beaten to the outside by LaMarr Woodley on a third-quarter sack.

Best tackle: Clark sped into the backfield and dropped Shonn Greene for a 6-yard loss in the third quarter with the Jets in the wildcat formation.

Best hit: Clark crushed Holmes on a fourth-quarter pass and knocked the ball from him. The play, however, didn't count because the officials called Ike Taylor for phantom interference.

Missed tackle: Pittsburgh cornerback Keenan Lewis was stiff-armed by Sanchez and missed a sack in the first quarter.

Best coverage: Clark raced across the field to knock down a deep pass to rookie Stephen Hill in the second quarter.

Worst coverage: Lewis was beaten for a 45-yard pass from Sanchez to Jeremy Kerley on New York's first possession.

Best kick: Pittsburgh rookie Drew Butler had a 37-yard punt downed at the 6-yard line by Chris Carter in the third quarter.

Worst return: Kerley fumbled a punt in the third quarter, and Pittsburgh's Ryan Mundy recovered the ball.

Best decision: An early third-and-9 handoff to Brown on an end-around netted 9 yards.

Worst decision: A Statue of Liberty play to Rainey in the first quarter on third-and-4 at the Jets' 26 was slow to develop and lost 1 yard.

Worst penalt(ies): A late hit by Landry on Emmanuel Sanders in the second quarter and a horse collar tackle by Landry on Brown in the third quarter each led to Pittsburgh touchdowns.

Best effort: DeMarcus Van Dyke, probably the least known Steeler, caused the Kerley fumble on the punt by hustling down the field and getting hit from behind by Kyle Wilson into Kerley.

Unsung hero: Mundy filled in for the injured Troy Polamalu and played a solid game.

Replays: The Jets won a challenge in the third quarter by getting a first down overturned due to the spot of the ball on a Sanders reception. New York lost one in the fourth quarter when it unsuccessfully challenged that Redman fumbled.

 
 

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