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Eagles vs. Steelers: Final Grades, Analysis for Pittsburgh

FINAL SCORE: STEELERS 16, EAGLES 14

GAME-WINNING SCORE: Shaun Suisham 34-yard field goal

Two of the NFL's best teams in recent years, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, squared off in one of Week 5's marquee NFL contests.

Whether dubbed the "Battle for Pennsylvania" or the "Keystone Clash," local Pennsylvanians and loyal fans of either team know that theirs is a rivalry for bragging rights.  On Sunday, Steelers Country won the "Battle for the Brag!"

Entering the game, the Eagles boasted a 3-1 record and a penchant for winning by narrow margins.  Instead, Philadelphia finally fell by a narrow margin, proving the adage that you "live by and die by the sword."

The Steelers hoped that the returns of Troy Polamalu, James Harrison and Rashard Mendenhall would aid them in their pursuit of a .500 record.  Mendenhall's presence was a particular boost, giving the club a clear boost in the ground game that it desperately needed.

Clutch play by key members of the offense, a marvelous first half showing by Lawrence Timmons and the Steelers defensive front, and another perfect day by kicker Shaun Suisham aided the Steelers in victory.

However, two key fumbles lost by quarterback Michael Vick were the most important factor of the contest, causing the Eagles to steal defeat from the jaws of victory.  Conversely, despite consistent harrassment, Ben Roethlisberger avoided both sacks and critical mistakes. 

The win improved the Steelers record in the series to 5-11, a rare victory over an opponent that has troubled them.  Let's take a look at the quarter-by-quarter and final game grades for Pittsburgh following their vital return to the "W" column.

 

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