Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GERRY DULAC'S TWO- MINUTE DRILL [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GERRY DULAC'S TWO- MINUTE DRILL [Derived Headline]

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GAME BALL

goes to: ILB Larry Foote

Playing in his first game as the replacement for longtime defensive captain James Farrior, Larry Foote stood out early and often. He had one of the two sacks against Peyton Manning, caused a fumble that LaMarr Woodley recovered and also had a nice pass break- up -- all in the first half. But, like the rest of his defensive mates, Foote could not do enough in the second half to slow Peyton Manning, who passed for two touchdowns and 155 of his 253 yards in a 24-point second half.

X's AND O's

If the Steelers didn't harbor any nightmares of what happened the previous time they played in Denver, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas provided a disturbing reminder in the third quarter. Trailing, 13- 7, Thomas took a quick throw on the left sideline, raced between Troy Polamalu and Ryan Mundy and scored on a 71-yard catch-and-run into the same end zone where he scored the winning 80-yard TD in overtime in January. That was one of only two plays the Broncos ran in the third quarter. "I under-pursued," Polamalu said. "I should have made a better decision for sure."

THE COUNTDOWN

A quick look at the top performances Sunday from the game:

1 De Ja VU AGAIN: Just like he did in the wild-card playoff loss in Denver, Ben Roethlisberger had a chance to bring the Steelers back to victory in the final two minutes. But, just like the previous time, when he fumbled on a sack, a turnover by Roethlisberger ended the opportunity. This time, though, it was 43- yard interception return for a touchdown by CB Tracy Porter, who stepped in front of a pass for Emmanuel Sanders near the left sideline with 1:58 remaining.

2 PEYTON'S PACE: After the Steelers took a 19-14 lead, Manning picked apart the secondary by completing 6 of 7 passes for 57 yards and finishing off an 80-yard, 10-play drive with a 1-yard TD thrown to his former tight end with the Colts, Jacob Tamme. His 2-point conversion pass gave Denver a 22-19 lead.

3 JUST LIKE MIKE: Playing in his first game since ending his long holdout, WR Mike Wallace used his body to shield Porter and make a nice catch for a 3-yard touchdown that gave the Steelers a 19-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. …

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