Clark is Digest Player of Week


Ryan Clark will tell you himself, that he's there primarily to be Troy Polamalu's side-kick, in a football sense. His role is to be the guy who makes a lot of calls, who gets everyone in the right spots, who is there to cover for Polamalu when he goes off on one of his instinctive fishing expeditions.

But in the Steelers' biggest game of the season, Ryan Clark was a whole lot more. He was the team's big-play safety when it needed him the most.

Clark finished with five tackles, with two of those coming in the backfield for losses, along with an interception, two passes defensed and a forced fumble. Clark's forced fumble and interception set up the Steelers first two touchdowns in the second half when they came back from a 21-7 deficit to forge a 21-21 tie on the way to a thrilling 31-24 win over the Ravens to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the fifth time in the past 10 seasons.

Ryan Clark is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

Also considered were James Harrison, whose performance was worthy of someone who is a legitimate candidate for his second NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in the past three seasons. Harrison finished with seven tackles, three for loss, three sacks, two pressures and two passes defensed. There was Ziggy Hood, who had five tackles and a sack on the Ravens' penultimate play to set up a fourth-and-18; Ike Taylor, who had two tackles and broke up two passes; Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 19-of-32 for 226 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 101.8; and the offensive line, which had to overcome the absences of its two starting tackles – Flozell Adams and Jonathan Scott – for varying periods of the second half while launching the comeback that had the Steelers score 24 points against one of the top defenses in football.

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