No touchdowns for either team all game long, six combined field goals, good defense, up and down offense – not too exciting for the casual fan…. Then in OT, KAAAA – BOOOMMM! Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall breaks a 50 yard run for paydirt… Game over Atlanta and Steeler Nation exhales feeling fantastic knowing it was one they had to have.
Highlights of game / my day
- Of course, Mendenhall’s winning run… but he ran hard all game.. likes to spin too much though I noticed, coaching staff will work with him I’m sure. Mendenhall ran for 120 yards on 22 carries.
- Mr. Hines Ward… highlight first down juggle catch, but made key catches in 4th catching six balls for 108 yards total.. Check his license, he seems ageless.. brings so much grit to the team, solid.
- Entire defense… The reason Atlanta’s offense was neutralized was fairly obvious to me: the presence of the dominant Steeler defense, obviously anxious to put an uncharacteristic, underachieving 2009 behind them.
- What a difference safety Troy Polamalu makes. His presence on the field makes everyone better. It was Polamalu’s spectacular late interception that set up the chance for Jeff Reed to win the game w/ a kick (he missed).
- Quarteback Dennis Dixon needed to be competent and avoid mistakes. He did more than that with a passer rating of 81.6. His confidence seemed to grow with each positive play in my eyes. I need to see more deep throws next week to open it up, but his accuracy will improve w/ experience.
- Steeler polka dance. No, didn’t happen in Heinz Field, but the bar where I watched the game (Shark’s Cove in Hermosa Beach, CA)… Just happy, uncoordinated, and joyful dancing by most bar participants as they play the traditional Steeler polka song over the speakers after the win… A passionate fan named Mr.B was on ‘fire’ living life to the fullest for his beloved Steelers – Hoping to see many dances this year!
Pittsburgh plays at Tennessee next Sunday… both teams 1-0.
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Let’s do this!
About the Author
Written by Chris Palisin
My Bachelor's Degree is in Kinesiology from Penn State, and I have been involved in fitness, athletics, sports, and coaching all my life. Recently, I discovered a new passion in life, covering and writing about sports. I am confident I can offer an unique and interesting take on sports with my experience, particularly the NFL and for Steeler Nation this year. My hope is you enjoy and respect my opinion.... Enjoy the journey!