After somewhat of a shaky start to the 2009 regular season, the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers are officially back as one of the NFL’s top contenders. They better proved themselves Monday night after handling the Denver Broncos 28-10 at Mile High Stadium.
Safety Tyrone Carter in replace of Ryan Clark stepped up and took one back for six early in the second quarter. “I was excited for him,” said Clark. “It was a big win. He did an awesome job. His first interception really put us in the game.” Clark himself was unable to perform due to a sickle-cell trait that prevents oxygen from flowing into his spleen while at high altitudes.
After being hospitalized at a Mile High game in 2007, Clark was better off sidelined for last night’s contest. “My goal for this trip was to go back with the team on the plane,” said Clark. “Last time I came out, I didn’t make it back with them.”
The Steelers scored the final 21 points of the game between the third and fourth quarters. They’re now tied with the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North Division standings. Denver is just one game up on the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West.