* Make them kick field goals instead of score touchdowns. The Steelers defense took the field at their own 30-yard line after a big punt return. On a third-and-5 from the Pittsburgh 14-yard line, Peyton Manning threw a pass into the flat for running back C.J. Anderson, but
* It was just a 6-yard pass from
* Broncos try a direct snap to RB Ronnie Hillman on a third-and-2, but
* Again, the Broncos are forced to settle for a field goal following
* The Steelers took a 7-6 lead with an 80-yard drive on five plays that ended with a 1-yard run by Fitz Toussaint with 1:22 left in the first period. Other big running plays on the drive were a 40-yard reverse by
* Credit where credit is due. After his second 27-yard punt, Jordan Berry hits a 50-yarder that pins the Broncos at their 5-yard line with 3:14 left in the second quarter.
* On the Steelers opening possession of the second half, the offense drove 69 yards in eight plays to extend their lead to 13-9 on a 28-yard field goal by
WHAT WENT WRONG
* The Steelers’ first offensive possession ended in a three-and-out, and the Broncos made the first big special teams play of the game. Jordan Berry’s 52-yard punt was returned 42 yard by Omar Boldin to give Denver the ball at the Pittsburgh 30-yard line to starts its first possession.
* Fourth-and-1 from the Denver 32-yard line. Ben Roethlisberger goes deep to
* Field position can be so important. A Britton Colquitt punt traveled 57 yards and was downed by Aaron Brewer at the Pittsburgh 3-yard line. The Steelers offense followed with a three-and-out, and Jordan Berry’s punt traveled 27 yards to set up Denver at the Steelers 31-yard line.
* It sure looked as though Peyton Manning gave himself up on a play that began with a blitz by
* Don’t know which part of the punting game is worse – Jordan Berry’s punting or Markus Wheaton’s work as the returner. Wheaton muffs a punt at the Steelers 7-yard line, but
* The first turnover, and it’s a killer. Fitz Toussaint apparently had gained first down yardage around the Denver 30-yard line when the ball was popped out by Bradley Roby and recovered by DeMarcus Ware at the Broncos 35-yard line.