Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


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HOME: 5-3

AWAY: 3-5

vs. AFC NORTH: 3-3

vs. AFC: 5-7

Week 1 at Broncos: L, 31-19

Week 2 vs. Jets: W, 27-10

Week 3 at Raiders: L, 34-31


Week 5 vs. Eagles: W, 16-14

Week 6: at Titans: L, 26-23

Week 7 at Bengals: W, 24-17

Week 8 vs. Redskins: W, 27-12

Week 9 at Giants: W, 24-20

Week 10 vs. Chiefs: W, 16-13 (OT)

Week 11 vs. Ravens: L, 13-10

Week 12 at Browns: L, 20-14

Week 13 at Ravens: W, 23-20

Week 14 vs. Chargers: L, 34-24

Week 15 at Cowboys: L, 27-24 (OT)

Week 16 vs. Bengals: L 13-10

Week 17 vs. Browns: W, 24-10

GAME BALL goes to: CB Cortez Allen

In the past two games, Allen has been responsible for five turnovers -- forcing three fumbles and intercepting two passes. He had two of the forced fumbles against the Browns, with both takeaways leading to touchdowns. The Steelers finished the season with 20 takeaways, which means Allen accounted for 25 percent in the past two games alone. "We've been coached to get turnovers and help the offense get the ball," said Allen, who started his third game for injured Ike Taylor.

X's AND O's

Plaxico Burress made a nice play on a pass that was high and slightly behind him to catch a 12-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was only the third catch for Burress since he signed with the Steelers the week before the first Browns game Nov. 25. "He's an easy target in that area," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We knew he would have an opportunity to contribute there." So why then did Tomlin elect not to dress Burress for a must-win game Dec. 23 against the Bengals, knowing he might need players to produce in big moments?

THE COUNTDOWN: A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:

1.) STILL NO. 1. Despite allowing 320 total yards and more than 200 yards passing for the fourth game in a row, the Steelers finished No. 1 in the NFL in total defense and pass defense. They were trying to become the first team since the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles to finish No. 1 in total, pass and run defense. "That's one of the main things we came in trying to do," LB James Harrison said. …

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