Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Joshua Hayes@@JayPHayes1982Correspondent IIOctober 23, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 16:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a first half touchdown with his teammates and fans while playing the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field on October 16, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With the Arizona Cardinals hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in today's inter-conference battle at University of Phoenix Stadium, most fans naturally recall their last match in Super Bowl XLIII. 

In the game's final moments, the nation saw as Larry Fitzgerald shook his head in disbelief, while Ben Roethlisberger valiantly led the most successful modern era franchise to a sixth Lombardi Trophy. 

But in 2011, it is both teams that have faced early season struggles. 

In the desert, quarterback Kevin Kolb has struggled with more interceptions than touchdowns and the team has floundered to a 1-4 due to their fourth quarter meltdowns. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's pride has come under attack for struggling to protect Ben Roethlisberger, failing to run the football and not stopping the run in spurts of this season.

However, hope is not lost for either team. 

Beanie Wells has been running effectively, which could spell trouble for Pittsburgh's run defense. Likewise, Kolb hopes to see the quick return of big target Todd Heap. Lastly, the squad has seen brilliant flashes from versatile rookie Patrick Peterson, whose punt return touchdown was the impetus for their lone win in 2011.

The Steelers offensive line woes of the early weeks were quieted during a home stand and their 4-2 record exists despite inconsistencies on all units. Ben Roethlisberger continues to develop chemistry with a deep receiving corp consisting of Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Heath Miller. The defense still ranks near the top of the league and the running game has seen recent progress. 

Can the champion Steelers play their first complete road game, bolstering their record to 5-2 against a team that is surely motivated to defeat them?

Or will the Arizona Cardinals begin to correct their flight path by improving their regular season record versus Pittsburgh to 2-0 during the "Whiz" regime?

Today's game answers those questions.  Tune in at 4:05 pm EST on CBS, or stay here for live updates and play-by-play as the game unfolds!!!!!

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