Distractions, injuries, and a 10-point second half deficit could not stop the Steelers Sunday vs the Giants, as the black and gold won their third straight, topping New York 24-20.
Isaac Redman, filling in for the injured Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall, put the Steelers up for good with a TD late in the fourth to give the Steelers the huge win.
Redman was the Steelers workhorse, and should get a game ball for an offense that was somewhat stale during the won. He carried the ball 26 times for a career-high 147 yards for the Steelers.
The win is the third in a row for a Steelers team who stays within a game of Baltimore in the AFC North, they are now 5-3, while the Ravens beat the Browns 25-15 Sunday to improve to 6-2.
Ben Roethlisberger went 21-of-30 passes for 216 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also was the victim of a questionable call that was ruled a fumble that was returned for a score for the Giants that put them up 14-7 in the second quarter.
The Steelers went up 7-0 after Ike Taylor picked off Eli Manning at the Pittsburgh 42. Roethlisberger led the team on an 11-play drive, hitting Emmanuel Sanders in the back middle of the end zone with a four-yard score.
The Giants came right back with a touchdown of their own. A 41-yard defensive pass interference call on Keenan Lewis set up New York at the Pittsburgh 20. Ahmad Bradshaw gained four yards on 3rd-and-2 to make it 1st-and-goal from the eight.
New York faced another third down, but this time a personal foul penalty on Ryan Clark gave the home team a fresh set of downs. After Taylor dropped an easy pick in the end zone, Clark made a hard hit on Victor Cruz.
Clark was called for a blow to the head despite Cruz hurting his ribs. RB Andre Brown rumbled into the end zone on the next play to tie the game.
The Giants took the lead on the ensuing Steelers possession, when on a 2nd-and-5 from the New York 32, Roethlisberger dropped back to pass and had the ball stripped by Osi Umenyiora.
Michael Boley picked up the ball and raced 70 yards the other way for a touchdown. The fumble was upheld upon review despite Roethlisberger’s arm appearing to come forward with the ball still in his hand, which would constitute the tuck rule. Instead, New York led 14-7 with 5:11 remaining.
A short field goal by Shaun Suisham put the Steelers at 14-10 at the half after the Giants Lawrence Tynes missed a 51-yard field goal.
Tynes made a pair of field goals in the third stanza to extend New York’s lead. He was good from 50 yards out on the Giants’ first possession of the second half.
After Roethlisberger was picked off by Corey Webster, New York moved the ball to the 2-yard line. However, Brown lost three yards on second down and Manning’s pass to Rueben Randle fell incomplete on third down. Tynes made a 23-yarder this time around to make it 20-10 with 1:32 left.
Down 10, the comeback started when Mike Wallace caught a 3rd-and-5 pass near midfield, and raced toward the left sideline before sprinting 51 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-17.
Following a three-and-out from the Giants, Sanders returned a punt 63 yards to the New York 12-yard line. However, the Steelers were stopped on 3rd- and-1 from the three. Pittsburgh sent the field goal unit on the field in an attempt to tie the game.
Instead, Drew Butler took the snap and tossed the ball to Suisham. The kicker was stopped for a loss of one yard.
Pittsburgh’s defense was able to force another three-and-out. The Steelers started at their own 49-yard line this time around. Heath Miller caught a 14- yard pass on the second play, moving the ball to the 33.
A few plays later, the visitors had a 3rd-and-7 shortened down to 3rd-and-2 due to a defensive offside penalty. Redman ripped off an 8-yard run before finding the end zone from one yard out, making it 24-20 with 4:02 to play.
Once again, the Giants went three-and-out on offense. The Steelers took over at its own 28 with 2:52 left. Sanders caught a 16-yard pass on third down and Redman recorded a 28-yard run to seal the victory.
Anyway you look at it, the win is a huge one for the Steelers. A loss and they are two games back of Baltimore, and now they are a game out, with two games vs the Ravens in the next four weeks.
In between are games against two teams that are a combined 3-14 in the Chiefs and the Browns.
Next Monday, the Steelers host the Chiefs in a Monday night affair, and then will host the Ravens six days later on Sunday night.