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Reed comes through in the clutch


By Teresa Varley

Jeff Reed continued to be clutch for the Steelers when he hit a game-winning field goal in overtime on Monday night against the Ravens. 

Reed, who hit two field goals earlier in the game, was called on for a 46-yard attempt. He sent it sailing through the uprights, but it was waived off because the Ravens had called time out.

The second attempt looked like it was going wide, causing the Ravens players to begin celebrating and Reed to have some doubts, but it stayed inside the uprights to give the Steelers a 23-20 win.
"When we get the ball on that yard line, I knew we were going to get in my range," said Reed. "The first one was down the middle. I think the timeout was pretty late, but, whatever. You have to make the next one. I got all of it, but I hooked it a little bit. So, I'm glad it snuck through."
It was the seventh time that Reed kicked a game-winning field goal and he credits his teammates for giving him the chance to be in that position on Monday night.

The Steelers fought back from a 13-3 halftime deficit when Ben Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes for a 38-yard touchdown and LaMarr Woodley recovered a Joe Flacco fumble and took it into the end zone for a touchdown just 15 seconds later to put the Steelers up 17-13.

"Our offense, they came into the locker room and there was no finger pointing; just intensity," said Reed. "I knew they were going to come out and produce. It was just a matter of time, as hard as our defense has worked the past two weeks you knew that they were going to get a turnover for a touchdown. All of that worked out."

And Reed put the finishing touch on it, kicking the seventh game-winning field goal of his career. With the way he is kicking, going seven-for-seven on field goals so far this season, it could be a sign of things to come.
"I am kicking well," said Reed. "But, I have to get better for the guys. I never feel pressure with my snapper and my holder. Without them, I don't even get a chance. So hats off to them, too."

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