The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 3-2 as they snatched a victory from the San Diego Chargers on the final play of the game to get the win 24-20.
Let’s now take a look at the Good ,the Bad and the Ugly of the Steelers 24-20 victory…
The Steelers may not of looked good for a big portion of this game but they were good when it counted most and sometimes that’s all you need.
The Steelers offense could not find much consistency throughout much of the game but the one constant that they could count on was running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell ran 21 times for 111 yards, a 5.2 yard average, including a 1 yard game winning touchdown run in the final seconds of the game. Bell also added 4 receptions for 16 yards receiving.
It’s clear that with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out, the Steelers must rely heavily upon Bell and the running game. Bell has proven to be up to the challenge . He is the Steelers best weapon until Roethlisberger returns.
For 3 quarters of the game quarterback Mike Vick seemed overwhelmed, unable to lead the Steelers offense with any consistency, but was able to come through when it counted making a few clutch plays in the fourth quarter.
He hit wide receiver Markus Wheaton for a 72 yard touchdown. Wheaton ran a great route to get open and Vick put the ball where it needed to be.
Vick also had a key run of 24 yards on third down and 6 to put the Steelers in scoring position on the final drive.
Vick’s final stats were nothing special, completing 13 of 26 passes for 203 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
However, Vick did come through with some special plays at crunch time and that’s all the Steelers needed.
Tight end Heath Miller made three catches for 46 yards including a key catch to take the ball down to the one yard line to set up the game winning touchdown. Miller also made many key blocks in the running game.
Heath Miller may be one of the most underrated tight ends of his time and shows little signs of slowing down.
On defense the Steelers continue to gain some much-needed experience and there are signs that this could be a good defense sooner rather than later. Cornerback Antwon Blake had a key interception that he returned 70 yards for a touchdown. This came at a time when the Steelers really needed a spark and the defense came through big time.
Defensive end Cam Heyward may have only made one tackle but he was causing havoc in the Chargers backfield most of the game and drew a few holding penalties .
Linebacker Lawrence Timmons made 9 tackles, two for a loss and a crucial pass defense.
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones had a good game,registering a sack, a forced fumble and 5 tackles.
The Steelers as a team may not have looked pretty at times but found a way to get a tough road victory despite missing their starting quarterback and that’s always a good thing.
The Steelers continue to have trouble covering opponent’s tight ends. Antonio Gates had 9 catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. This has been a Steelers weakness all season and needs to be corrected.
The Steelers offense must find some consistency in the passing game with Mike Vick under center, Vick pulled out the win in the end but has to do a better job of learning this offense and the players around him. Completing 13 of 26 passes for 203 yards won’t win many games.
The Steelers need to cut down on the penalties, especially on special teams. Too many senseless fouls have costs the Steelers and you just can’t have this continue.
The Steelers should of had 18 more seconds on the final drive. The clock operator ran 18 seconds off the clock following the Chargers final kick-off. The referees missed it… the Steelers staff missed it and the TV broadcast missed it. The NFL can not let a mistake like this happen. It could have been an ugly situation had the Steelers not won on the final play despite this major mess up.
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