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.
San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson was seen at practice for the first time on Wednesday since spraining his right ankle in week 1. After missing two games straight for the first time in his NFL career, Tomlinson is making it a goal to be ready for their next game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night.
“Any way I can help this team, I’m willing to do it,” said Tomlinson. “Definitely the red zone is the area maybe I can take some of the pressure off things that we do down there, and teams have to play us a little bit more honest. That’s what it’s all about, and hopefully I can do that.” The Chargers are 2-1 so far this season and will be looking at tough matchups ahead for their next two games. Pittsburgh is going to be hungry after starting off their 2009 campaign at 1-2.
Following their trip to Heinz field, San Diego will have a bye week before hosting their rival Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. LT knows how much his team needs him and is working to be 100% once again. “I’m just trying to get back into it, just kind of testing it and see how it feels during practice,” he said. “Any time you come off being injured, you gain confidence back by practicing. So today was a measuring stick of where I am. It felt pretty good.”
Jeff Reed was able to find the uprights and kick it right through to seal the 13-10 Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Tennessee Titans with 4:32 OT minutes passed at Heinz Field. The NFL opening match up served as quite the defensive battle, knowing both teams were held to zero points in the first and third quarters.
The Titans were really hammering down on Pittsburgh’s running game until Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger came up with another strategy: find Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward open downfield. Big Ben wound up throwing for 363 yards with 33 of 43 passes completed. Nine of those connections went to Holmes who piled up 131 yards. Ward was right behind with 103 yards gained on eight receptions.
Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher found the game a tough way for his squad to start their regular season. “We had chances and opportunities but missed a field goal, had a field goal blocked,” said Fisher. “I believe we’ve got a good football team in that locker room and we’re going to bounce back.” Don’t miss out on an NFL jam packed Sunday, along with a Bills vs. Patriots 7:00 pm Monday game followed by a 10:15 Chargers vs. Raiders showdown.
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ESPN.com’s NFL analysts have just released the Power Rankings for Week 1. Together the four reporters rated the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers at the top of the list, with the New England Patriots and New York Giants holding the #2 and #3 spots.
The Eagles are Ranked #4 with the Colts and Chargers following. Even though the top of the list has hovered around the same, other changes have been made going into the opening week. The Packers have jumped six spots from 17th to 11th. The Seattle Seahawks moved up three sports, and the Bears and Saints climbed up one. The Texans, Cowboys, and Panthers all fell three spots.
The first regular season game for this year will take place at Heinz field, when the Steelers take on the Tennessee Titans. New England will officially start their year against the Buffalo Bills on September 14th at Gillette Stadium.
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The Conference Championships are over, and the matchup for the 2009 Superbowl is set. The Arizona Cardinals capitalized on Philadelphia’s mistakes to win the NFC Championship 32-25. Behind the stellar defensive play of Troy Polamalu, the Steelers contained Ravens’ rookie QB Joe Flacco. The Steelers’ 23-14 win puts them in the Super Bowl for the second time in 4 years. This is the first Super Bowl appearance, and second Championship game (the Chicago Cards won the 1947 meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles).
The 2009 Super Bowl will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on February 1st, 2009. Super Bowl Tickets are available now!
The second round of the 2008-2009 NFL playoffs is over!
Saturday, January 10th
Baltimore 13 – Tennessee 10: Baltimore stunned the Titans, after a controversial first down. With the play clock seemingly expired, Baltimore made a first down followed by a Rob Bironas field goal to lock up the win.
Arizona 33 – Carolina 13: Jake Delhomme’s five interceptions put the game out of reach for the Panthers.
Sunday, January 11th
Philadelphia 23 – New York Giants 11: Donovan McNabb and the Eagles overcame a 92-yard showing by Brandon Jacobs to move on to the NFC Championship game.
Pittsburgh 35 – San Diego 24: Willie Parker had a monster day, racking up 146 yards and two touchdowns. San Diego was without star running back LaDanian Tomlinson again.
Championship Week Schedule:
Sunday January 18th. 3:00pm
Philadephia @ Arizona6:30pm
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The first round of the NFL Playoffs are over, and the divisional round match-ups are set.
Saturday, January 3rd
Arizona 30, Atlanta 24
The slumping Cardinals beat the surging Falcons to move to the divisional round for only the second time in a decade.
San Diego 23, Indianapolis 17 (OT)
Peyton Manning and the Colts have been knocked off in the first round of the playoffs for the sixth time in their last eight appearances.
Sunday January 4th
Baltimore 27, Miami 9
Chad Pennington threw four interceptions right to the solid Baltimore defense. The Ravens even managed to block the PAT on Miami’s only touchdown.
Philadelphia 26, Minnesota 14
Brian Westbrook’s highlight-reel 71 yard reception put the Eagles out of reach.
Divisional Week Matchups
Saturday January 10th
4:30pm – Baltimore at Tennessee8:15pm – Arizona at Carolina
Sunday January 11th
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The Titans and Giants both went to 11-1 this week while the Lions remained winless. 11/27/08Tennessee Titans (11-1) 47 Detroit Lions (0-12) 10 – The Titans bounced back from their first loss of the year and trampled the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.
Dallas Cowboys (8-4) 34 Seattle Seahawks (2-10) 9 – Romo threw for 331 yards and had 3 TD passes to lead the Cowboys to their eigth win.
Philadelphia Eagles (6-5-1) 48 Arizona Cardinals (7-5) 20 – McNabb’s 4 TD passes were just what the Eagles needed to get past the Cardinals on Thursday.
11/30/08 New York Giants (11-1) 23 Washington Redskins (7-5) 7 – The Giants are 11-1 for the first time ever as they continue to shut down opponents.
Miami Dolphins (7-5) 16 St. Louis Rams (2-10) 12 – The Dolphins look determined to stay in the playoff picture in the AFC with their win over the Rams on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-3) 23 New Orleans Saints (6-6) 20 – Jeff Garcia led the Bucs past the Saints today to get their record up to 9-3.
San Francisco 49ers (4-8) 10 Buffalo Bills (6-6) 3 – There was very little offense to speak of in today’s 49ers win over the Bills.
Baltimore Ravens (8-4) 34 Cincinnati Bengals (1-10-1) 3 – Flacco led the Ravens over the Bengals with two TD passes.
Carolina Panthers (9-3) 35 Green Bay Packers (5-7) 31 – Aaron Rodgers had 3 TD’s but couldn’t lead the Packers to victory today.
Indianapolis Colts (8-4) 10 Cleveland Browns (4-8) 6 – A 4th quarter TD led the Colts past the Browns for their 8th win.
Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) 20 Oakland Raiders (3-9) 13 – Atlanta Falcons (8-4) 22 San Diego Chargers (4-8) 16 – Matt Ryan continues to impress as his 2 TD passes sealed the win for the Falcons on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) 33 New England Patriots (7-5) 10 – Matt Cassell couldn’t muster up any magic today vs the Steelers as Pittsburgh got their 9th win.
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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger signed an eight-year contract extension that is worth $102 million dollars. That figure puts him in the category of the leagues highest paid players. This deal comes after Roethlisberger re-established himself as one of the best and brightest young quarterbacks in the game last season.
Some look at this signing as a great comeback for Big Ben because two years ago he was in a very bad motorcycle accident that many thought would hinder his on field playing abilities.
With $36 million dollars of the contract guaranteed, it is by far the largest contract the Steelers organization has drawn up in their 76-years of football. The signing bonus of this deal is worth $25 million alone, not bad for a guy who they weren’t sure if he’d be able to play again.
“I told them I didn’t want to go anywhere the day I walked in (as a rookie in 2004),” Roethlisberger said Monday in a Pittsburgh paper. “I love Pittsburgh, I love the fans. Got probably the best organization and fans in all of sport. I don’t want to go anywhere.”
Don’t worry Ben, you’re going to get your wish and will be seeing a lot more of Pittsburgh, PA over the next eight years.