St. Louis Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Live Score, Video, and Analysis
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.
Instead of kicking a field goal for points or attempting a touchdown, the beaten 2-13 Rams literally throw in the towel at the end, losing 27-0.
I don't understand that approach for a coach whose job is on the line and a team that is paid very well to be professional. Why NOT try for points from the Pittsburgh 28-yard line?
END OF GAME.
FINAL SCORE: PITTSBURGH WINS 27-0.
Williams gains seven yards on 3rd and 2, and the Rams seem content to run out the clock.
With the white flag out, Cadillac Williams gets another first down all the way to the Pittsburgh 30-yard line, but a penalty is down.
The call is a face mask penalty, and the Rams have the ball at the Steelers' 28-yard line.
Two runs by Cadillac Williams sets up third and short distance.
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Between returns, rushes, and receptions, Brown has 2,000 yards for the Steelers in 2011!
It's been a day of milestones for both teams. Congratulations to Steven Jackson, Hines Ward, and Antonio Brown.
Proving me wrong, as I expected and asked for the Steelers to run on the putrid Rams, Batch and company went to the air on key downs to put any hope for a competitive Rams rally completely to rest! On the drive, Hines Ward caught a pair of passes, giving him four catches today and bringing him to within five grabs of a career milestone.
This is a case of putting away a team that is floundering. Early in the game, the Rams were playing toe to toe with the Steelers.
Now, Isaac Redman plunges for a TOUCHDOWN! The 1-yard run gives Pittsburgh a 27-0 lead, assuming the extra point!
Redman is stopped inches short of the goal line on first down.
A pass to Heath Miller inside the Rams' 5-yard line sets up first and goal.
I'd line up Hines in the slot, taking advantage of the situation!
Batch fires to the 19-yard line to Hines Ward!
He needs five catches now. Why not go for it today?
Charlie Batch throws a screen to Hines Ward. With the game in hand, let's get this guy some catches if we're going to throw, right?
He now needs six catches for 1,000 career receptions.
I'd go to Ward again!
Redman breaks through another pack of Rams, getting a first down deep into St. Louis territory.
On first down, Redman meets a slew of Rams but pushes for a five yard gain. This Rams run defense is putrid!
With a first down at the 37-yard line, a poorly executed screen is incomplete.
Not wanting to be blinded by hindsight, I do have to ask: why not Mendenhall? Up 20-0, let's end this game!
As I say that, Batch's second down throw to Antonio Brown goes all the way to the 41-yard line.
So, okay, that'll shut me up. But, I still feel my point stands!
On third down, another incomplete pass intended for Lloyd is broken up by Ike Taylor. The Rams will be forced to punt.
With Steven Jackson taken away from the game under these circumstances, the Rams offense has been rendered anemic.
7:42 is left in the 4th quarter, and the Steelers have the ball after the punt.
2nd and 10 sees a blitz from the Steelers. Clemens is NAILED BY LAWRENCE TIMMONS! The sack sets up third and long!
Aside from the passing game, Steven Jackson's ground game has been rendered from the game plan, which is huge for the Steelers.
On first down, an attempt to tight end Kendricks is broken up by Troy Polamalu. No. 43 could have intercepted the ball.
On first down, Clemens throws the out to Brandon Lloyd, who gets a first down.
Shaun Suisham kicks off, and the ball sails out of the back of the endzone. Suisham has had a great day, converting two field goals, one from 49 yards!
The extra point is converted, and the Steelers lead 20-0 with 8:58 left in the game.
On 1st and goal from the 1-yard line, the Steelers line up with three tight ends.
The give to Mendenhall results in a STEELERS TOUCHDOWN!
STEELERS 19, RAMS 0
The review result is in: Wallace will be ruled short of the goal line. They official describes Wallace as touched at the 1-yard line with his right knee down before crossing the goal line.
St. Louis is reviewing the ruling of a 47-yard touchdown strike from Batch to Wallace, contending he was down at the 1-yard line.
On first down near midfield, Mendenhall runs into Rams territory.
Charlie Batch throws deep on second down to Mike Wallace!
WALLACE GETS UNDER THE BALL AND GETS INTO THE ENDZONE FOR THE STEELERS TOUCHDOWN!
STEELERS 19, RAMS 0
SCORE UPDATE: DOLPHINS 17, PATRIOTS 17
With the third quarter not over, New England has tied Miami with a touchdown run by Tom Brady.
Meanwhile, the Ravens continue to lead the Browns, 20-7.
With the crowd deafening, Clemens runs on 3rd and 12 before being converged on at the 14-yard line.
Fourth down is upcoming, and a punt will be forthcoming.
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