Steelers-Chargers: Steelers' Defense Holds Up, Reed Comes in Clutch

Charlie CoxCorrespondent INovember 17, 2008

Pittsburgh, PA. - Snow flurries welcomed the West Coast's San Diego Chargers to a cold Heinz Field. Temperature were around 30 degrees the whole game, but the Steelers came out hot, leading to a historic victory: an 11-10 win for the first time in NFL history.

The Steelers' offense looked a lot better in the game than on paper, posting up 410 offensive yards. Despite not scoring a single touchdown, they appeared to begin clicking and stringing long drives together.

Ben Roethlisberger showed signs of coming out of his slump as well, completing 75 percent of his passes and throwing for 308 yards. Despite having no TDs, he threw no interceptions, allowing the city of Pittsburgh to breathe a giant sigh of relief.

Roethlisberger appeared to be careful with the ball and didn't force any throws. He also got rid of the ball quicker and seemed more mobile in the pocket.

Willie Parker proved his reliability yet again on his first game back from his shoulder injury by tacking up 115 rushing yards. Parker has struggled through injuries this year but still shows no signs of slowing down.

Mewelde Moore has been more than enough talent for the running game and will definitely accentuate the rushing offense perfectly. 

The defense, yet again, played better than stellar, picking off and sacking Philip Rivers twice, forcing a fumble, and recording a safety. James Harrison and Troy Polamalu once again stood out in the game each with an interception.

Harrison had a forced fumble which caused a safety as well. Polamalu's last second fumble recovery and touchdown, which was reviewed and overturned, was later corrected today, yet only counts for bragging rights.

The Steelers once again refused a 100-yard rusher, this time repelling LaDanian Tomlinson, a more-than-worthy adversary. The defense only relinquished a total of 66 rushing yards and one touchdown, proving their No. 1 ranked defense.

With just under a minute to go in the game, Jeff Reed tacked on the game-winning field goal, his third on the day.

The Steelers finished the game with one of their best performances this season, despite the low score. It is a win to allow relief, but they don't have long until their Thursday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Steelers will have a chance to relax a little bit, but not too much, after seeing what the Bengals did to the Eagles. They need to win to keep confidence going into Foxborough the following week.