Big Ben does it again(363 yards) to save Steelers

Posted by Andy Durham on September 11, 2009 at 10:33 am under Professional | Comments are off for this article

from sportsillustrated.cnn.com:

PITTSBURGH(AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers apparently are going to stay with this Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes combination until somebody beats them.

Jeff Reed kicked a 33-yard field goal with 4:32 gone in overtime and the Super Bowl champion Steelers again relied on Roethlisberger’s ability to lead clutch scoring drives to beat the Tennessee Titans 13-10 in the NFL season opener Thursday night.

The Steelers, their running game stuffed by Tennessee’s defense, didn’t get going until Roethlisberger began repeatedly finding Holmes and Hines Ward open downfield. Roethlisberger went 33 of 43 for 363 yards, with Holmes – the Super Bowl star – making nine catches for 131 yards and a touchdown and Ward, despite a potentially costly fumble, making eight for 103.

Holmes’ statistics were exactly the same as the Super Bowl, when he caught the winning 6-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger in the final minute to beat Arizona 27-23.

Thursday’s victory might be costly, however – star safety Troy Polamalu , the best player on the field during the first half, sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on a blocked field goal. Coach Mike Tomlin said the injury usually sidelines a player 3 to 6 weeks.


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