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Steelers-Eagles highlights, lowlights

October 8, 2012
By Buck Frank ( , The Altoona Mirror

PITTSBURGH - The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers' 16-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Heinz Field:

Play of the game: Facing a third-and-12 at their own 18-yard line with 5 minutes, 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Steelers converted a first down when Ben Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown for a 20-yard gain, the Steelers' longest of the game.

Offensive player of the game: Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries and scored one touchdown in his first game since tearing a knee ligament on Jan. 1. He also caught two passes for 20 yards.

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Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich
Rashard Mendenhall runs through Mychal Kendricks on his way to a score.

Defensive player of the game: Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons recorded nine tackles, had two quarterback hits and forced a fumble.

Most telling statistic: The Steelers committed zero turnovers.

Hidden statistic: NFC teams are 2-20-1 at Heinz Field.

Best pass: Roethlisberger fired what would have been a 33-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, but Brown juggled it in the end zone for an incompletion.

Worst pass: Roethlisberger was nearly intercepted by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at the goal line when his pass to Mike Wallace was tipped by the Eagles' Jason Babin.

Best run: Mendenhall showed signs of his old self by ripping off a 17-yard gain at the beginning of the third quarter before fumbling out of bounds.

Best catch: Pittsburgh's Emmanuel Sanders brought down a high, hard pass on third-and-4 at the Eagles' 38-yard line with two minutes remaining. The play gained 7 yards.

Dropped pass: Wallace missed one near the sideline on the play right before Brown's key 20-yard reception.

Best block: Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert shoved Eagles safety Kurt Coleman out of the way on a 15-yard Mendenhall reception on the game-winning drive.

Missed block: Philadelphia right guard Danny Watkins was beaten for a sack by nose tackle Steve McLendon in third quarter. Watkins made up for it by recovering Michael Vick's fumble on the play.

Best tackle(s): Timmons twice chased down the Eagles' LeSean McCoy for 2-yard losses in the first half.

Best hit: Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark forced Vick to fumble at the Steelers' 1-yard line in the first quarter, and linebacker Larry Foote recovered the ball in the end zone.

Missed tackle: Philadelphia linebacker Mychal Kendricks looked silly, falling for a Roethlisberger fake pitch while scrambling. Kendricks also could have prevented Mendenhall's 13-yard TD run in the second quarter.

Best coverage: Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor twice stayed with the Eagles' Jeremy Maclin on deep passes.

Worst coverage: Foote got twisted around while trying to keep up with McCoy on a 15-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.

Best kick: Pittsburgh's Shaun Suisham nailed the game-winning field goal, a 34-yarder, into the open end of the stadium on a wet field with no time on the clock.

Worst kick: Steelers rookie Drew Butler had a 36-yard punt in the first quarter.

Best return: Steelers rookie Chris Rainey took back a third-quarter kickoff 44 yards to the Pittsburgh 40.

Best decision: The Eagles twice went for it on fourth-and-1 on a fourth-quarter drive, and both times they got the ball to McCoy for 2 yards each.

Worst decision: The Steelers went for it on fourth-and-10 at the Philly 34 early in the second quarter. A fumbled snap and Roethlisberger deep incompletion on the play didn't help either.

Worst penalty: Clark's unnecessary roughness on tight end Brent Celek seemed to ignite the Eagles' offense in the third quarter.

Best effort: Brown caught seven passes for 86 yards while being covered by the Eagles' Nnamdi Asomugha.

Unsung hero: Pittsburgh's offensive line helped produce 136 rushing yards and no sacks.

Replays: The Eagles lost a challenge in the fourth quarter when they questioned the spot of the ball after a DeSean Jackson reception. They earlier won a challenge when a Vick fumble was taken away due to his being down by contact.

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