Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


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OLB James Harrison

In a game when any number of defenders made significant stops, Harrison came back after missing two games and stood above the rest with seven tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, two tackles for a loss and two QB hurries. At the end of the first half, he had a tackle for a 6-yard loss on first down and combined with Lawrence Timmons on a fourth- down stop on Jamaal Charles at the 12. "I felt I was playing better than I did the rest of this year," Harrison said.


A look at the top performances Sunday against the Chiefs:

1 DO IT TUITT: Rookie DE Stephon Tuitt had a sack and forced the only turnover when he hit RB Jamaal Charles so hard after a 3-yard run to the Steelers 25 that Charles fumbled. ILB Vince Williams recovered and the Steelers drove 75 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown and a 17-6 lead near the end of the third quarter. "Man, that was a big-time play," coach Mike Tomlin said in the locker room, loud enough for Tuitt to hear. "He blew that kid up."

2 JAMAAL JAMMED: Trailing, 10-6, the Chiefs elected to forgo a field goal on fourth-and-1 at the Steelers 12 with 27 seconds remaining. But Charles was hit by Timmons and stopped by Harrison for no gain -- one play after a replay review took away a Kansas City first down. "It would have been an energy-shifter if they scored there," Timmons said.

3 BIG BEN STRIKES: Roethlisberger threw just one touchdown, but it was vintage -- escaping from pressure and firing a 3-yard score to Antonio Brown that made it 17-6. Roethlisberger was leg-whipped on the right knee on the play and had to go to the locker room.

4 CONVERSION TIME: After the Chiefs cut the lead to 17-9 in the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger converted three third downs with passes to Antonio Brown and Heath Miller and a pass-interference penalty to use 6 minutes, 13 seconds and produce a Shaun Suisham field goal.

5 ONE BIG CATCH: Martavis Bryant had only one catch but it was a big one -- a 44-yarder down the right sideline on the first series to set up a field goal. …

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