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No, the line wasn't quite as good as it was in the San Francisco game. It allowed more big runs and kept giving the quarterback an opening to run through, but overall it has still held up its end of the bargain. It proved stout once more, holding at the goal line at least twice before I changed the channel once the game was far beyond far beyond out of reach. They chewed up the runner when it mattered and spit whomever out backwards, not too thrilled with the taste of black and gold within its maw. Helping to register two sacks (one by lineman Chris Clemons) on three quarterback hits (four tackles for loss for the team). The Seattle Seahawks were able to continue to hold up a good run stopping package while generating an actual pass rush for once against the Steeler offensive line.
Pittsburgh starting tailback, Rashard Mendenhall, was held to 66 yards and a 3.5 yards per carry average. His backup, Issac Redman, ran for 49 yards on 10 carries (4.9 YPC) most of his yardage coming on one 20 yard carry, by far the longest run play for either team.
The Steeler rushing assault as a whole was held to 124 total yards (35 carries, 3.5 average) and two touchdowns.
The Seahawk defense has held its two power-run opponents combined so far to only 209 total yards on the ground, impressive.
Starting runners (Mendenhall and Gore) have gained only 125 yards (3.1 YPC) for one touchdown on this unit.