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10-27-2009, 02:06 AM
Game 7: Rewind

By: Mike Bires -
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sport ... ewind.html (http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2009/october/26/game-7-rewind.html)

Monday October 26, 2009 12:16 AM

THE HEROES

In the fourth quarter, linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Keyaron Fox scored long touchdowns on turnovers that gave the Steelers their final 14 points. Woodley returned a fumble 77 yards, Fox an interception 82 yards. That’s the first time since cornerback Dewayne Washington returned two picks for TDs in a 1998 win over Jacksonville that the Steelers’s defense scored two touchdowns in the same game.

THE GOAT

The Vikings have the NFL’s best running back, yet coach Brad Childress chose to use him only once on first-and-goal from the Steelers’ half-yard line in the third quarter. On first down, Adrian Peterson was stopped for no gain. On second and third down, quarterback Brett Favre threw incomplete. On fourth down, Childress sent in his field goal unit. Childress should have handed the ball off to Peterson on first, second, third and even fourth down.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Fox was asked which TD as better, his or Woodley’s? “Mine. No question,” he said with a laugh. Since both were spectacular, they’re co-Plays of the Game. In the honorable mention category, a 40-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace just before halftime was electrifying, too, especially when the rookie wide receiver celebrated by somersaulting into the end zone.

THE BIG NUMBER

69: Yards gained by both starting running backs. Adrian Peterson, however, entered the game as the NFL’s leading rusher with a 104.0 average per game. Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall was averaging 58.2.

UP NEXT

The Steelers have the week off. But after their bye, they travel to Denver for a Monday night game against the 6-0 Broncos, who are just one of three NFL teams yet to lose.

THE BOTTOM LINE

On a day in which their offense was average at best, the Steelers (5-2) still found a way to win. Thanks to their defensive-minded win over the previously unbeaten Vikings, the Steelers remain tied with Cincinnati for first place in the AFC North.