The Steelers have come to count on Jeff Reed’s leg over the years to come through in the clutch, and even in the preseason he showed why again he’s one of the better clutch kickers in the league. Reed’s fourth field goal, this one from 47 yards out with just 4 seconds left, was the clincher in a rather lackluster preseason affair as the Steelers outlasted the Vikings 12-10.
The Vikings scored the only TD of the night, but other than the one Adrian Peterson diving score, the defenses were the story. The Steelers unit did a nice job bending but not breaking, allowing just 163 yards and 12 first downs to the Vikings. They also allowed the Vikings run game just 32 yards on the ground, with Peterson gaining just 21 yards on 12 carries (1.8 yards per carry).
Minnesota’s D forced Big Ben into going just 10-for-17 for 65 yards. He was also sacked twice and never seemed to get his team into much of a rhythm as Pittsburgh’s offense has some work to do. Willie Parker was stuffed for the most part, putting up just 18 yards on 10 carries. Starting WR’s Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes combined for just one catch.
Minnesota was without quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (knee) and receivers Bernard Berrian (toe) and Sidney Rice (illness). Gus Frerotte got the start, and went 13-for-19 for 133 yards and was sacked three times for negative 15 yards and threw a pick to Ike Taylor. The Vikings went up 7-0 just :18 into the second quarter on Peterson’s 1-yard leap on third-and-goal.
The Steelers game back with a Reed 35-yard field goal in the second quarter to make it 7-3 at the half. With Byron Leftwich playing the entire second half, the Steelers outscored the Vikings 9-0, as Reed kicked field goals of 43, 37 and then the 47-yard game winner to move them to 2-1 on the preseason.
Pittsburgh will close out the preseason at home vs the Panthers on Thursday.
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