Pittsburgh Steelers

St. Louis Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Live Score, Video, and Analysis

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 18:  Antonio Brown #84 and Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate after Brown's touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason game on August 18, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Joshua HayesCorrespondent IIDecember 24, 2011

In a game that saw two great rushing attacks going head to head, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the St. Louis Rams despite Steven Jackson's 103 yard effort. 

Early in the game, St. Louis stayed within striking distance, driving on numerous drives and commonly finding their way into Pittsburgh territory.  However, the Steelers defense held stout, holding back the Rams' surges every time they occurred.

Rashard Mendenhall was easily the player of the game, running for 116 yards and a touchdown.  As the Steelers lead slowly grew, Steven Jackson was phased out of the St. Louis attack, and the difference came down to the experience gap between two backup quarterbacks.

Despite having the game’s lone turnover, Charlie Batch completed 15 of 22 passes for over 208 yards in the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Kellen Clemens struggled in his start at Heinz Field, completing far less than half of his passes and failing to sustain any semblance of a passing attack.

Entering the fourth quarter, the Rams were driving with a chance to cut the Pittsburgh lead to 13-7.  However, after a missed field goal kept them off the board, the Steelers' killer instinct kicked into full gear.  The Black and Gold exploded on the 2-13 Rams, fattening the lead to 27-0.

In the final seconds, despite having possession in scoring range, the Rams twirled a proverbial white flag in front of so many thousand fans twirling Terrible Towels.  St. Louis ran off the clock, meagerly left the field of play, apparently content with the shutout atop of the blowout loss.

If nothing else illustrates the difference between the two teams, that was a perfect display.

FINAL SCORE: Steelers 27, Rams 0

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