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.
Eddie Royal last night became the first player in Denver Broncos history to return a kickoff and punt for touchdowns in one game, as his squad went on to outplay the San Diego Chargers 34-23. The win at Qualcomm Stadium kept the Broncos undefeated with a 6-0 regular season record.
QB Kyle Orton had a slow start but finished with 229 passing yards and two TD’s from his 20 total game completions. Orton certainly did his job but it was Royal who collected the game ball following Monday nights featured contest. “Man, it was a great feeling. The guys did a great job of blocking,” he said of the second return. “I’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They opened up the seams and it was a home run.”
The Broncos after a bye week will next look forward to matching up with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, November 11th. The Chargers have a game coming right up against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at 1:00 PM.
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