With MetLife Stadium as the focal point for the entire country for at least three hours, the New York Giants could seem to do no wrong, at least for the first half of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Despite some bizarre first half calls, which was the focus of highly dubious officiating, Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers on another one of his patented come from behind victories in the fourth quarter.
The Steelers, who were penalized for a total of 119 yards, had to deal with the twelfth man on the field, and we're not talking about Giants fans in the seats.
Whether it was Ryan Clark's "blow to the head" penalty, which in reality was Clark making a clean hit on Victor Cruz's shoulder or Ahmad Bradhaw's touchdown, where the ball only entered the end zone after Bradshaw was down by contact, things were looking all Giants for the first 30 minutes.
Certainly the most scrutinized play of the game, if not the year, under the regular referees anyways, was when Ben Roethlisberger attempted to throw the ball, completing a forward motion, but having the play result in a fumble, where the Giants quite literally walked unopposed into the end zone much to the bewilderment of the Steelers.
Pittsburgh didn't help their own cause when Mike Tomlin opted for a fake field goal which would have tied the game at the half. Not only was the play ill-advised, but it was rather embarrassing for the team.
Despite all of that foolishness, the true MVP of the game was backup running back Isaac Redman, who had previously filled in for the injured Rashard Mendenhall and more recently the injured Jonathan Dwyer.
Redman finished the day with 147 yards on 26 carries which included a score. It seems like anyone the Steelers plug in at running back these days not only gets the job done but turns into a fantasy stud. Jonathan Dwyer did it for two straight games.
Defensively, Ike Taylor had one of his better days, picking up his first interception, although he should have ended the day with more than just one. Taylor, who has been increasingly and increasingly targeted by other teams was able show the world why he is still considered a No. 1 cornerback.
Even better was Emmanuel Sanders, who took over a starting position for the injured Antonio Brown. Not only did Sanders get his first touchdown of the season, but he showed off his return skills as well.
Unless they meet in the Superbowl, the Giants and Steelers won't see each other for quite a while.
New York will take on the Steelers' AFC North rival the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Steelers will get involved in some prime time Monday Night action against the Kansas City Chiefs (1-7), who are still looking to lead a game at any point in time for the first time all season.
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