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Ben Roethlisberger gets an A for this game. The plus was removed by his interception and a couple of pointless late sacks, but there's no taking the shine off of his performance Sunday afternoon.
Roethlisberger completed 36 of 50 passes for 365 yards and two scores. Now, to be fair, Roethlisberger is seldom the main reason the Steelers lose to New England, but this week he was the main reason they were victorious.
The Steelers offensive game plan was to take the Patriots' game and use it against them. Roethlisberger played the role of Tom Brady, dissecting the defense and spreading the ball out to all of his receivers.
Running Backs: B
This was hidden under a pile of passes, but the Steelers were effective runners on Sunday. Rashard Mendenhall carried only 13 times, but had 70 yards and seldom was stopped at the line. Isaac Redman and Mewelde Moore also made use of their carries. No flash here, but this was very effective work.
Without Hines Ward, the Steelers used Heath Miller as the possession guy. He had the best game of the season. Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown were scary-good on the eve of Halloween, each finding ways to get open.
Mike Wallace wasn't his usual self, but found ways to make the game interesting by getting away from tacklers any time he made a catch. He took some hard hits and was gutsy about it.
This unit, along with the quarterback, won the game by controlling the clock on each drive.