Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Quarterback B+

It was not the type of dominating performance he has had this season at Heinz Field, but Ben Roethlisberger passed for 289 yards and two more touchdowns and spread the ball to six receivers. Roethlisberger passed for 204 yards and a touchdown when the Steelers built a 14-0 halftime lead. He finally had an interception for the first time in four home games, but the pick was hardly his fault.

Running backs A

Le'Veon Bell had his third 100-yard game in a row and touched the ball on more than half of the offensive plays for the second time in the past three games. Bell had 184 total yards, including 118 rushing on a season-high 29 carries, and finished off his performance with seven runs in eight plays to set up the final field goal. But he had a costly fumble at his 17 that led to the Giants' first touchdown.

Receivers B+

Tight end Ladarius Green has emerged as a big-play target after two more 30-plus yard catches gave him four in two games. He also had a 20-yard TD when he got behind safety Landon Collins. Antonio Brown made a tremendous catch over CB Janoris Jenkins in the end zone for his 11th TD and fourth in two games. And Eli Rogers converted a third-and-17 to set up a field goal.

Offensive line B

There were a lot of tough rushing yards against the Giants, especially in the first half when Bell's longest run was 7 yards. But the line kept at it and Bell had his longest runs of 19 and 12 yards on back-to-back plays on the final field-goal drive. Roethlisberger was sacked for the first time in three games. G David DeCastro picked up a blitz on third-and-7 that resulted in a 37-yard completion to Green.

Defensive line B

The Giants had modest success on the ground, averaging 4 yards a carry, but other than an 18-yard run by Paul Perkins in the third quarter there was little damage. It was the third game in a row and eighth time this season the Steelers have held the opponent under 100 yards rushing. …

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