With the season opener on the line late in the fourth quarter Thursday night, the Steelers kept running back Mewelde Moore on the field over Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall.
The decision isn’t shocking because Moore is so proficient on passing downs, but it was interesting to see Moore also get the ball in short-yardage situations.
On consecutive plays with under five minutes left inside the ten-yard line, Moore got the ball on second-and-two, and third-and-one. The Pittsburgh offensive line failed to get a push both times, and Moore was stuffed. (Just like Parker was stuffed in short-yardage earlier in the game.)
With time running down in regulation, Parker has rushed 13 times for 19 yards and his burst was lacking. Mendenhall has rushed four times for six yards.