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Rams vs. Steelers: 10 Observations Following the Steel City's Shutout Win
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The St. Louis Rams came into Heinz Field to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Christmas Eve, and they surely had visions of sugar plums and playing spoiler dancing in their heads!

During the evening following the game, backup quarterback Charlie Batch was delivering packages to needy local children as part of his common charity work around the community.  During the afternoon, he simply sent the Rams packing.

With the aid of a great rushing attack, anchored by the tough running of Rashard Mendenhall against the league's worst run defense, Charlie Batch and the offense won the contest by exploiting a huge pregame mismatch to their advantage.

Yet, even with the solid running game, the ultimate difference between St. Louis and Pittsburgh was the efficiency at quarterback and the ability to finish drives.  After all, Steven Jackson ran for 103 yards, but his team didn't (or couldn't) capitalize from his effort. 

Batch moved the sticks when needed and ultimately hit Mike Wallace with a 46-yard gainer that allowed Mendenhall to end the competitive phase of the game.  Conversely, Kellen Clemens showcased why his NFL starts are a rarity, succumbing to pressure and unable to pass effectively despite the aid of a great game by running back Steven Jackson.

While both teams moved the ball, the Rams constantly went backwards in Pittsburgh territory, and the Steelers went full throttle in the second half.  After having the opportunity to cut a 13-0 deficit in half early in the fourth quarter, St. Louis repeated its stumbling act of all afternoon, and the Men of Steel finally put the game away.

Here are 10 observations taken from the Steelers' commanding 27-0 victory over the pathetic Rams.

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