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08-15-2010, 12:54 AM
Notebook: For starters, defense sharp

By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sport ... sharp.html (http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/august/14/notebook-for-starters-defense-sharp.html)
Saturday August 14, 2010 11:31 PM

STUFFING THE LIONS

The Steelers’ first-team defense fared well in the two series it played.

On the Lions’ first possession, the Steelers stopped them on three downs. FS Ryan Clark ended the Lions’ second possession by intercepting a pass that set up a Jeff Reed field goal.

Clark’s pick came when a pass from Detroit RB Jahvid Best bobbled a pass from QB Matthew Stafford.

“We just wanted to get a feel of going against another team,” LB James Farrior said. “We’ve been practicing against each other the pas two weeks. So it’s nice to hit somebody in a different color uniform.”



LeBEAU HONORED

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was recognized for his recent induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With the all the Steelers lined up on one of the 45-yard lines and the Lions lined up on the other 45, LeBeau stood before them at midfield as he was introduced. LeBeau, 72, made the Hall of Fame for the way he played cornerback for the Lions from 1959-72.




HEAVY RAINS

Around 8:35 p.m., a light drizzle started to fall. About five minutes later, fans started to head for cover as a heavy downpour drenched Heinz Field. Then at 8:53 p.m. after a bolt of lighting and a loud clap of thunder, the officiating crew stopped the game with 1:31 left in the second quarter. During the one hour and 17 minute delay, the Steelers and the NFL announced that the delay would serve as halftime. When play resumed at 10:06 p.m., the Steelers and Lions played the final 1:31 of the second quarter and then immediately started the second half.