Game in review: Steelers 24, Seahawks 0
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Players of the game
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 22 of his 30 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown. The most telling stat, though, was on third down: He was 9-for-13 passing for 171 yards and eight first downs.
Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace caught eight passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.
Seahawks P Jon Ryan. Seriously, he was the most noteworthy Seahawk. Not only did he have to punt eight times, but he averaged 48.1 yards and placed three inside the 20.
Play of the game
Wallace's 53-yard reception in the third quarter wasn't Pittsburgh's most important play since the Steelers already led 24-0. It was still the most amazing play in Sunday's game. Wallace had gotten behind Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner when Roethlisberger threw as far as he could. Wallace leaped to make the catch, grabbing the back half of the ball and pulling it to his body before he hit the ground.
Linebackers are not known for soft hands. That was apparent on the first play of the second quarter when Aaron Curry's instincts put him in perfect position to intercept a pass intended for Steelers tight end Heath Miller. The ball bounced off Curry's hands, and fell incomplete, eliminating what very well could have been an interception he returned for a touchdown. The Steelers scored four plays later on Isaac Redman's 20-yard touchdown run and led 14-0.
Seahawks surprisesA week after allowing San Francisco to convert only one of its 12 third-down plays, Seattle's defense never forced a punt in the first half. Pittsburgh finished the game eight for 15 on third-down plays.
The Seahawks were shut-out for the 11th time in franchise history, and the first time since Oct. 7, 2007.
Seattle ran 18 offensive plays in the first half, exactly half as many as Pittsburgh in the first two quarters.
By the numbers
362 - yards Seattle's defense has allowed in the first half of the first two games.
118 - yards Seattle's offense has gained in the first half of those two games.
9 - consecutive quarters Seattle failed to score against Pittsburgh going back to the second half of Super Bowl XL.
2 - times Seattle crossed midfield Sunday in Pittsburgh.
0 - red-zone possessions for the Seahawks.
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson: "Everybody's going to look in the mirror and see if you're doing your best to help this team win. Everybody has got a lot of growing up today. We've got a lot of changes we have to make. Obviously, we didn't score a point, period, and that's embarrassing."
Dec 24 - 6:10 AM Looking back: Revisiting Sunday's scouting report
Dec 24 - 1:09 AM Seahawks' scoring binge
Dec 24 - 1:01 AM Video: Summing Seattle's victory
Dec 24 - 12:58 AM Video: Russell Wilson post-game comments
Dec 24 - 12:21 AM Rookie passing roll call