Sunday, January 30, 2005

What Happened?

Our team has been unrivaled so far this season with Big Ben on our side. However, that all changed when it counted. He was definatley not himself in the last couple of games. Perhaps it was the great amount of pressure put on him, or otherwise, but the fact of the matter is that he didn't perform to his potential. Once he learns to take his time and just play in highly stressful games, he won't hit the next level of the game. He will learn from experience, and all we can do is reflect and start at another run to the big game. Work hard and the off season, and there is no doubt in my mind we will go all the way next year.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

20-17....

I have to admit, it was looking bad for us last night more than once. The 2 possible game winning field goal attempts by the Jets, failed. It was a godsend that they didn't make them, but we have to take advantage of that. Although Roethlisberger played one of his worst games of the season, we manage to pull off the most important and stressful game of the season. It really goes to show that we have been "predetermined" to win by the Gods sitting on their little cloud. Lets hope the Steelers don't let us down, although I doubt they will. The Falcons, however, will be a tough opponent, and they will be especially tough, because we have had no prior knowledge from this season on how they play, because we have not played them. Lets make it 17-0 for us and Roethlisberger. GO STEELERS, BRING US BACK A SHINY RING!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

14 game streak, and living the highlife!

From sports.yahoo.com:
Willie Parker, Brian St. Pierre and James Harrison -- who are these guys, you might ask?

They represent the collection of Pittsburgh backups and scrubs that kept the Steelers' roll going, and ended the Buffalo Bills' playoff hopes, 29-24 Sunday.

``If there was a team that you could put up as a poster boy for a 53-man roster, it's us,'' said St. Pierre, the Steelers' third-string quarterback, who was activated off the practice squad Friday. ``It's special.''

And so are the Steelers, who didn't need Ben Roethlisberger, Jerome Bettis or a host of other starters to win their 14th straight to match the single-season record set by Miami in 1972. The Steelers also became just the fourth team in NFL history -- and first in the AFC -- to finish 15-1.

Parker, an undrafted rookie free agent, had 102 yards rushing, including a 58-yarder that set up Jeff Reed's 37-year field goal, Pittsburgh's go-ahead score.

And then there was Harrison, the backup linebacker, who returned a fumble 18 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory.

``It says a lot about the backups and the character of this team,'' Harrison said. ``It's a sense of pride. You don't want to lose to anybody.''

The Steelers, who had clinched home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs, knocked off a Bills team that was among the hottest in the league. Buffalo had a chance to earn its first playoff berth since 1999.

``Pretty angry. ... I'm a little bit in shock,'' said red-eyed quarterback, Drew Bledsoe. ``The bottom line is if we can't beat them with their backups on the field, then we probably don't deserve to be in.''

The Bills (9-7), who had overcome an 0-4 start, had a six-game win streak snapped. Their loss automatically put the New York Jets in.

``It's rough,'' left tackle Jonas Jennings said. ``Everything was set up for us and ... we had to come out and handle our business and we came up short.''

Buffalo made it close when Willis McGahee scored his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard plunge with 78 seconds left. But the Bills failed on an onside kick when Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor smothered the ball.

The Bills looked nothing like a team that outscored its opponents 228-89 in its previous six games.

Buffalo managed just 267 yards, with seven three-and-outs. And the defense couldn't get the Steelers off the field, losing the time-of-possession battle by more than 11 minutes.

The game turned late in the third quarter after Buffalo's Rian Lindell missed wide right on a 28-yard field goal that left the Bills clinging to a 17-16 lead.

The Steelers responded with 10 points in an 85-second span at the start of the fourth quarter.

Following Reed's field goal, Bledsoe was blind-sided by rookie cornerback Ricardo Colclough, who forced a fumble that fell directly into Harrison's hands.

The Bills went three-and-out on their next possession and the Steelers then ate up nearly nine minutes with a 14-play, 46-yard drive helped by two defensive penalties. It was capped with a 33-yard field goal by Reed, who kicked five.

St. Pierre extended the drive with a 2-yard bootleg on fourth-and-1 at the Bills 37.

Antwaan Randle El also scored on a 16-yard Maddox pass.

``15 and 1, baby!'' Steelers running back Duce Staley yelled as he headed to the locker room.

Roethlisberger was bubbling following the performance.

``I told someone, `If I'm dreaming, I don't want to wake up because I want to keep this going,''' Roethlisberger said. ``What's so special about this team is everyone is selfless.''

The Steelers have two weeks to await their next opponent. The Bills have a long offseason to ponder what went wrong.

``It's frustrating because I want more for this organization, especially the fans,'' said receiver Eric Moulds. ``I feel like they deserve more than what we showed today.''

Bills' owner Ralph Wilson remained upbeat.

``We had a bad day and it didn't work out,'' Wilson said. ``I'm really looking forward to next year, because we have something to build on.''

This really goes to show, that although Roethlisberger is the best offensive rookie of the year, we can win without his tremendous playing ability. The second string really showed there stuff today, and proved that just because they don't get the playing time, they are still very effective. Keep the streak alive through the playoffs you guys. GO STEELERS!