Big Ben completed 4 of 8 passes for 36 yards in this one, leading the Steelers to a field goal on his second possession.

Final Score: Giants 18, Steelers 13

“I thought the line did a good job opening the holes and the zone blocking that everyone has stressed. We wanted to establish an identity early of running the ball, and I think we did a good job.” — Ben, post-game.

News, Notes & Quotes from the first one:

August102013_Giants_Preseason_1“Steelers take good with bad in preseason loss to Giants”

The Steelers didn’t like all there was to see of their 18-13 preseason loss to the New York Giants at Heinz Field on Saturday night…

“There were some positives and some negatives,” coach Mike Tomlin said.

The good: Stephens-Howling, expected to be a situational back, ran seven times for 40 yards and led a 13-play drive late in the first quarter that ended with a Shaun Suisham 34-yard field goal. The starters wound up playing 18 plays, or one-third more than the 12 that Tomlin projected.

“He has great vision, and he got outside and made some plays,” center Maurkice Pouncey said of Stephens-Howling, a former Pitt player from Johnstown.

Even as the 5-foot-7 Stephens-Howling bounced those runs outside, the Steelers used their new zone-blocking system only twice during the starters’ nine running plays.

“We wanted to establish an identity early of running the ball, and I think I did a good job with that,” Ben Roethlisberger said.

You can read more from Mr. Robinson here.

From Coach Tomlin’s post-game press conference:

What was your take on QB Ben Roethlisberger? It seems like it was a little bit rough, not necessarily on his part, but the delay of game, the sack – what was your take on it?

Coach T: He didn’t take a delay of game. He used a timeout. I didn’t have any problem with Ben’s performance. He did a nice job communicating and executing the offense. Some things happened from a communication standpoint that kind of happen quite often this time of year. We’ll move past it. No worries there.

You can watch video of his interview here.

You can see a few photos from the game here.