Steelers 23, Dolphins 22

Ben Roethlisberger knows he going to get hit, but he stands in the pocket and still delivers the pass. This was a game where Big Ben took over…the Steelers are the best team in the league with Ben Roethlisberger. — Tom Waddle,  sports anchor for NFLN’s Game Day Scoreboard show.

It feels good to have Ben back, trust me! — Hines Ward, during his post-game interview with NFLN’s Jason La Canfora.


Post-Game Media Notes:

From the Palm Beach Post:

Roethlisberger was almost unstoppable in the second quarter, throwing a 21-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward and a 53-yarder to Mike Wallace to help the Steelers’ take a 17-16 halftime lead.

Roethlisberger finished the half 12 of 16 for 195 yards and two touchdowns, while Ward had four catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. On Wallace’s touchdown, he slipped right past Jason Allen for an easy catch.

You can read the rest here.



From RotoWorld.com:

Mike Wallace caught two passes for 53 yards with a touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins.

Wallace hauled in one bomb from Ben Roethlisberger for his touchdown and had another one go off his fingertips. But Big Ben stayed away from Wallace and fed Hines Ward for much of the game because Vontae Davis was on Wallace. Things are still looking up for Wallace, beginning next week against the Saints. He’s primed for a big second half with Roethlisberger looking sharp.


You can read the rest here.



From ESPN‘s Stats and Info blog:

In his debut last weekend, Roethlisberger had trouble finding a rhythm when the Browns put five-or-more defensive backs on the field, completing only 53.3 percent of his passes with an interception. He was able to shake off the rust on Sunday, though, averaging over 11 yards per attempt and throwing two touchdowns when the Dolphins used at least five defensive backs.


You can read the rest here.



From the Sports Network:

Jeff Reed converted an 18-yard field goal with 2:26 remaining in regulation to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 23-22 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Reed’s go-ahead kick followed a complicated ruling on a Ben Roethlisberger fumble that enabled the Steelers to retain possession. Roethlisberger completed 19-of-27 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns for Pittsburgh (5-1), which has won five straight against Miami.


You can read the rest here.



Player and Coach Quotes:

From Steelers.com & ESPN:

— “Under that pile I was holding onto it with one of their guys and whoever else was under there,” Roethlisberger said. “But I actually had a whole arm around it until the ref was patting me on the back saying ‘touchdown,’ so I let go. I heard ‘touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown,’ so I let go. I didn’t want my arm to get broken.

“Just a bizarre kind of play. You hate to win it that way, but you’ll take a win,” Roethlisberger said.


— Said Miami linebacker Channing Crowder, “The refs called a wonderful game — for the Steelers.”


— “Guys did a good job stopping the run,” said Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano. “But one of the things we felt strongly about all week was that we couldn’t let Ben get out of there and hurt us a couple of times. He hurt us early in the game on a ‘cross-country’ deal there and then hurt us again later in the game. Those are things that he does well. He gets going out there. You can’t let that happen and we did.”


You can read the rest at Steelers.com and ESPN.

You can read NFL referee Gene Steratore’s explanation of the ruling here

…and a good summary of the game from ESPN’s Tim Graham here.

You can check out game photos here.

You can see video of game highlights here.


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