Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
The return game was at its absolute best for Pittsburgh in the win over the Giants.
Kick returner Chris Rainey continually put the Steelers offense in great starting field position. But it was Emmanuel Sanders, the third-string punt returner who came in after injuries forced Rainey and Antonio Brown out of the game, that made the biggest impact.
Sanders had a punt return that went down to the Giant 15 and, although it ended up not leading to points, it pinned the Giants offense back and later allowed the Steelers to get good field positioning and score.
Shaun Suisham continued to be excellent and hit his only field goal of the game.
On a bad note, Pittsburgh continued to see the yellow flag come out on special teams. The unit was flagged twice on special teams in this game.
NOTABLE INDIVIDUAL GAME GRADES
Chris Rainey (return only) – A
Rainey showed just how explosive he can be in the return game. Hopefully his injury isn't too serious.
Emmanuel Sanders (return only) – A
Sanders took advantage of an opportunity and gave his team a chance to win.