Game Rewind: at Broncos

By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
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Tuesday November 10, 2009 12:28 AM


Ben Roethlisberger bounced back in style. Right after the Broncos went ahead 10-7 in the third quarter by returning a Roethlisberger fumble 54 yards for a touchdown, “Big Ben” led the Steelers on an impressive go-ahead TD drive. On that four-play, 80-yard drive, Roethlisberger completed all three of his passes, hitting different wide receivers each time, including Hines Ward for the 3-yard score. Then in the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger put the game on ice by throwing two more TD passes, including a 25-yarder to Mike Wallace on a third-and-10 call.


Denver QB Kyle Orton came into the game with a league-low one interception, and that came on a desperation Hail Mary heave. But he was picked off three times by the Steelers, twice by free safety Tyrone Carter, and once by strong safety Troy Polamalu.


In the last regular-season game of last year, Tyrone Carter scored a touchdown for the first time in his NFL career by returning an interception 32 yards for the final score in a 31-0 rout of the Cleveland Browns. On Monday night, Carter scored his second TD — by returning an interception 48 yards — in a nationally televised Monday night game with playoff implications. Carter’s second-quarter pick set the tone for another defensive-minded win for the Steelers.
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27: That’s the number of rushing yards the Broncos had against the Steelers. The Broncos came into the game averaging 123.1 per game.


On Sunday, the Steelers (6-2) host the Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) in the battle for first place in the AFC North. Earlier this year, the Steelers led the Bengals 20-9 in the fourth quarter before losing 23-20.


Despite playing without three defensive starters, the Steelers didn’t allow the Broncos to score an offensive touchdown. Including the 27-17 win over Minnesota on Oct. 25, the defense has scored three TDs in the Steelers’ last two games.