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Hobbled Roethlisberger struggles as 49ers beat Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers' Roethlisberger is sacked by San Francisco 49ers' Smith and Brooks during their NFL game in San Francisco Reuters

The 49ers’ defense played lights-out football on Monday night in San Francisco, and the injured Ben Roethlisberger struggled to get anything going, as the Steelers fell to the 49ers 20-3.

The question before the game was whether Roethlisberger would be able to start for the Steelers on his injured ankle. He decided to tough it out even though he was clearly at less than 100 percent, and he threw the ball well at times, passing for 330 yards. But he also had four costly turnovers: Two interceptions dug an early hole for the Steelers, a fourth-quarter fumble led to a 49ers touchdown with nine minutes left in the game, and Roethlisberger’s third interception late in the fourth quarter sealed the loss.

That 49ers’ touchdown after Roethlisberger’s fumble was aided by a highly questionable Steelers penalty — Pittsburgh’s defense initially held the 49ers to a field goal on the drive, but the Steelers were called for unsportsmanlike conduct for leaping in an attempt to block the kick. Replays didn’t appear to support that call, and the 49ers took advantage by scoring a touchdown following the penalty. Just as it wasn’t a good night for Roethlisberger, it wasn’t a good night for the officials.

Aside from the masterful job the 49ers’ defense did on Roethlisberger and the Steelers, the story of the game was the power outage. Kickoff was delayed the first time the lights went out, and a second power outage during the game caused a second lengthy delay. There was some talk that the game would have to be halted until it could be concluded in daylight on Tuesday, but the NFL said it would only take that step if the lack of electricity became a safety issue, and the situation never reached that point.

For the Steelers, the loss represents a huge missed opportunity: When the Ravens and Texans both lost on Sunday, it thrust the Steelers into a position where all they had to do was win their remaining three games to clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. But tonight’s loss to the 49ers drops the Steelers back behind the Ravens in the AFC North, and now the Steelers appear to be a wild card team, likely headed for a date in Denver in the first round of the playoffs.

For the 49ers, the game was a powerful statement that they’re for real. If there was any doubt before, there’s no doubt now that San Francisco can beat good teams in big games. That’s just what the 49ers did on Monday night.

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  1. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 20, 2011 12:26 AM

    Gotta love how Ben was barely limping most of the game…unless of course the cameras were on him. What a fraud. Either way he was awful – he looked like Mark Sanchez out there tonight.

    On the bright side Steeler fans, at least Harbaugh didn’t knock Tomlin out during the post game handshake. Enjoy that 5th seed!

  2. westmantooth says: Dec 20, 2011 12:27 AM

    Haven’t seen a game as fraudulent as that in a long time, but it’s really not surprising coming from Walt Anderson. It honestly is like the guy is gambling on the games.

    Kick catch interference was a horrible call, and the “leaping” penalty on Timmons was just comical – and changed the game from two scores to three.

    Two key penalties that had a profound impact on the game.

    We can only hope that they will start taking a closer look at these guys in coming years, or that the media begins to talk about it.

    PS – I dislike both of these teams. Just love football.

  3. reed20fence says: Dec 20, 2011 12:28 AM

    Whew! Thank goodness for brothers!

    2 outta 3 at home ain’t bad considering the alternatives.

  4. edgarpoe2 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:28 AM

    Thanks 49ers for giving the Harbaughs a Christmas to remember.

  5. acerockefellar says: Dec 20, 2011 12:28 AM

    Karmas not gonna be on your side when your starting QBs side job is rape.

  6. rayriceisnice says: Dec 20, 2011 12:28 AM

    Hahahahahahahaha thanks again San Fran!!!! Fear the HARBBROS!!!!! bmore back where we belong! First place you yellow trolls!!!!

  7. furnzilla says: Dec 20, 2011 12:29 AM

    The harbaughs own the steelers! Seeing the steelers lose is beautiful, let the crying and complaining bout the refs began in 3,2,1.. And go!

  8. stampede101 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:29 AM

    LET’S GO NINERS!!!

  9. sophiethegreatdane says: Dec 20, 2011 12:30 AM

    LOL!! Not so easy to go three time zones and beat a hot team, now is it Steeler fans? I heard you all wanking away and reveling in the Ravens loss.

    Tomlin = 0-3 vs. the Harbaugh family in 2011. Maybe he can try to take on Jack in a game of Words With Friends.

    Who am I kidding? Steelers can’t spell.

  10. vikesandravens78 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:30 AM

    I respect Big Ben’s toughness, but he could barely move in the pocket tonight.

  11. sixjak says: Dec 20, 2011 12:30 AM

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!! Ha ha your team lost. Deal widdit Steeler fans and have fun getting your butts kicked again by the other Harbaugh.

  12. 49erlifer says: Dec 20, 2011 12:30 AM

    steelersownyou where you at sissy boy?

  13. usetabe says: Dec 20, 2011 12:30 AM

    Give the 49ers credit. Came at Ben hard, hit him hard, but no cheap shots at his ankles. Not sure some other teams wouldn’t have done that.

  14. dudeicle says: Dec 20, 2011 12:31 AM

    so…. the drama king couldn’t find a two shoes of the same color?

  15. tobiasjodter says: Dec 20, 2011 12:31 AM

    Yeah… there were a lot of bad calls that p***ed me off…. but ya know what… Steelers got beat down and Roethlisberger should not have played. Batch could easily have thrown 3 picks – didn’t need Ben to do that.

  16. cswenson218 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:31 AM

    I can see Coach Tomlin has th Minnesota Taint. Nothing we can do. Fire him now.

  17. ravensos says: Dec 20, 2011 12:31 AM

    Harbaughs 3
    Tomlin 0

  18. ihatesocal says: Dec 20, 2011 12:31 AM

    Aldon Smith BEASTMODE!

    Niners looked dominant. Bend, but don’t break, baby.

  19. ilovefootball25 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:31 AM

    Love the first sentence…lights out..literally.

  20. ccoolahan14 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:32 AM

    Wouldn’t be a Steelers loss without the media making excuses for them!

  21. scoob766 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:32 AM

    I love the Pitt fans in disguise like westmantooth. You got owned, not a little bit a lot. Like we were the dominatrix and you were the little dog on the leash, we owned you and dominated. Do you really think you can beat anyone in the playoffs.

  22. franknunley57 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:32 AM

    Good game Steelers. However 9ers proved they are not overrated. not a fraud. not a product of the nfc west. Good night!

  23. horsecore says: Dec 20, 2011 12:32 AM

    LOL, haters gonna hate.

    Questionable calls on both sides.

    Nines get a win they NEEDED and show how dominant their defense can be. The lack of Willis vs a hobbled Roethlisberger negate one another imo.

    Awesome game Nines!

  24. rayriceisnice says: Dec 20, 2011 12:32 AM

    Luckily they put French cries on their sandwiches up there in Pittsburgh. Gives em the squirts

  25. cswenson218 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:33 AM

    What a sick, pathetic game by the Steelers. I want to eat my own own vomit. I want to lick my own ass, like my German Shepherd did during the game.

  26. ngw8070 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:33 AM

    If people don’t have anything better to do than hate then they need to look at themselves and their lives

  27. tiproast says: Dec 20, 2011 12:33 AM

    Wow. 330 yards passing for Big Ben, and only 3 points. Has a QB ever thrown for 300+ yards and not led his team into the end zone?

  28. rgiddens says: Dec 20, 2011 12:33 AM

    LOL enjoy the 5th seed and going through the House Of God (aka Denver) in rd 1, stillers!!!

  29. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:33 AM

    San Fran will be in a SERIOUS dogfight in Seattle next week.

    Mark that down!

  30. jvibottomline says: Dec 20, 2011 12:34 AM

    Where you at Steeler fans and Niner Haters?? That was a whooping, Niners most complete team in Pro Football!

  31. jc8484 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:34 AM

    Ben is a loser. I wish the blackout would have been a 49er defender knocking his butt out of the game.

  32. vincentbojackson says: Dec 20, 2011 12:34 AM

    Steelers had 420 yards of offense, 49’ers had 275.

    Turnovers kill.

  33. goldrush4949 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:34 AM

    This win should teach those little snot nosed Steeler fan punks from running the loud mouth for a while.

    The 49ers handled them in a beatdown on national television.

  34. jaylaw344 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:35 AM

    Niners D, without their leader and best defensive player Pat Willis, played lights out. Big Ben is more dangerous when he has his back against the wall and the niners shut him down.

    However, need more red zone TD’s.

    Big win for niner nation tonight. Lets get the last two.

  35. sportsguybayarea says: Dec 20, 2011 12:35 AM

    STEELERSOWNYOU, that was for you hahaha!!! like it or not nation, NINERS defense is one of the best in football, if not thee best… a few weeks all the niners haters we were gonna get a beat down vs pit..the only beat down we all say tonight was on those terrible towels

  36. mrjackson206 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:36 AM

    Alright Steeler fans let the excuses fly. Go ahead, whine away when in reality your team got out played. Go Niners.

  37. 49ersallday says: Dec 20, 2011 12:37 AM

    the kick catch interference was a bad call? did you watch the game! the guy clearly tapped the ball as he was catching it! the only obvious thing there is that people are always gonna hate on us! we just dismantled a so called great team and we still don’t have respect! what can I say typical haters!

  38. cardmagnet says: Dec 20, 2011 12:37 AM

    This is what happens when you have Roethlisberger leading your offense. Just as Peyton Manning shines in a pass first system, Ben needs a run first system. He falls victim to quicksand when he gets beat up and picked off early.

    They found some success earlier with the whole “air it out” gameplan with their speedy receivers, but teams have now adjusted to it, and it doesn’t work. They just can’t run that style offense anymore. They need to find a way to get the ground game going, and then they will be back on top where they once were.

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    westmantooth says: Dec 20, 2011 12:27 AM

    the “leaping” penalty on Timmons was just comical – and changed the game from two scores to three.

    If you watched the game on tv, the analyst explained the rule, showing why the call was correct.

  39. bobhk says: Dec 20, 2011 12:37 AM

    Where is squeerlesownyou now? Where r u joker?

    I bet he doesn’t show his face here. If he does it will be to make excuses, the loser.

  40. number20pick6 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:37 AM

    How’d it go steeler fans? “I couldn’t stop smiling watching this game!” Way to have more turnovers than points!! Now go cry about the refs, “just like ravens fans”, and ignore Ben’s terrible playing. If he was that injured maybe he shouldn’t have played!

    Go Ravens!!!!!

  41. gwylie1 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:37 AM

    Stop cryin Steelers fans!!!Now you know how the Seahawks felt in the superbowl.

  42. Deb says: Dec 20, 2011 12:38 AM

    Horrible football in so many respects, but the 49ers definitely played the better game–especially in the second half. So congratulations to San Fransciso. Jim Harbaugh’s done a great job with that offense, and the 49ers have some talented guys on defense, too.

    Our defense did a great job holding on as long as they did with no offensive assistance. Three turnovers in the Super Bowl, seven turnovers week one, four turnovers tonight. Pittsburgh, we have a problem. And it was idiotic to leave Ben in that game. Just … idiotic.

  43. bobhk says: Dec 20, 2011 12:38 AM

    Huaah!

  44. goldrush36 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:38 AM

    @Westmantooth you cant get any more interference on fielding a punt short of just spearing the return man. Don’t know what you were watching but it’s time to upgrade that 13″ screen to a 40″+ so you can see better

  45. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 20, 2011 12:38 AM

    The 49ers were too much for the Steelers. Thank you, 49ers.

    Sincerely,

    New England Patriots Nation!

  46. prabhjotinnewdelhi says: Dec 20, 2011 12:39 AM

    where are all those steelers trolls now, who posted on ravens threads yesterday? all you morons please feel free to come and cry on this thread

    @steelersownyou – looks like harbaugh bros own you this year

    @westmantooth – BS that the outcome was fraudulent if steelers only manage to put up 3 points and have 4 turnovers. those 4 turnovers were not gifted to the 49ers. clearly you’re not unbiased as you say you are. the punt interference call was questionable, but the leaping penalty was legit.

  47. cowboyshater says: Dec 20, 2011 12:39 AM

    Where are all the Steelers homers now?? HA! Niners kicked a$$ tonight. Suck it Tofuberger!

  48. all4patriots says: Dec 20, 2011 12:40 AM

    Look who is all alone atop the AFC stadings!

    http://i41.tinypic.com/259ljdt.gif

  49. jrfrom508 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:40 AM

    As a pats fan I was rooting for the niners tonight. glad they won but wow if it comes down to the them against TB12 and company in the SB…. we better find a way to block those guys…

  50. mistakenny says: Dec 20, 2011 12:40 AM

    Aldon smith aka DROY > steelers o-line !!! Enough said and um no big ben injury excuses Please !!!

  51. prabhjotinnewdelhi says: Dec 20, 2011 12:40 AM

    in addition the steelers treated this as their big game by starting roethlisberger. hope he didn’t hurt himself further, but he got roughed up pretty good tonight for what?

  52. cswenson218 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:41 AM

    Steeler just shouldn’t carry any backup QB’s. There’s no reason to. Sign extra linemen if you won’t consider taking Ben out ever.

  53. dirtyjersey9er says: Dec 20, 2011 12:42 AM

    Justin Smith needs to be DPOY and Aldon Smith needs to be DROY. Both put on a clinic tonight and have been doing it all season.

  54. 06jonjon says: Dec 20, 2011 12:42 AM

    Casey

    Yea cuz ben knows when the cameras are looking at him durring the game right?? (sarcasm)

  55. geniusfan says: Dec 20, 2011 12:43 AM

    The Patriots are the only current AFC playoff team to even win a game this week. I knew the conference was down but not only did the other five AFC playoff teams lose they got blown out.

    It’s clear the AFC’s best teams are all really flawed. Ben shouldn’t have played at all he was awful and the 49ers CAN beat either Green Bay or New Orleans.

  56. richm2256 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:43 AM

    Can’t wait to hear the spin that 7thlombardiisinmypocket and the rest of those Steeler fans will put on this monstrosity of a loss.

    Three points ……. REALLY?

  57. discosucs2005 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:43 AM

    @westmantooth

    Yeah, the Steelers were really in control outside of those two penalties.

  58. whodeytn says: Dec 20, 2011 12:43 AM

    It always cracks me up when Steeler fans complain about penalties. Every game I watch, they are always getting calls their way.

    You knuckle heads complaining about the calls should go back and look at the 15 yarded called on Gore for a cut block. Or the phantom illegal contact call that got the Steelers out of a 25 yard hole.

    Steeler fans are the worst. They can’t win with class and they can’t lose with class. And you wonder why everyone hates you!

  59. mrcosio says: Dec 20, 2011 12:43 AM

    A date with Denver? Did I miss something because last time I checked the Denver Tebows…err Broncos haven’t been crowned yet

  60. ProFootballTalkSucks says: Dec 20, 2011 12:43 AM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    “Gotta love how Ben was barely limping most of the game…unless of course the cameras were on him.”

    How exactly does a person watching the game know that he’s not limping when the cameras aren’t on him? Do you realize what you just said is impossible from a logic standpoint? Makes sense, though, coming from a Bungles fan whose promising season will be met with an extremely disappointing one next year.

  61. bobhk says: Dec 20, 2011 12:44 AM

    @westmantooth you are making excuses. Even if you take away both calls steelers would still lose (if they actually do score a td after the fumble on niner return team). Stop the whining.

  62. habsman says: Dec 20, 2011 12:44 AM

    Have the Steelers ever lost a game when it wasn’t the refs fault?

  63. Henry says: Dec 20, 2011 12:44 AM

    Both the Steelers and the Ravens looked like crap this weekend. Don’t really see either of them going far in the playoffs.

  64. nickmiller63 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:45 AM

    The penalties had no bearing on the outcome. BOTH chop blocks were bad calls, and the interference on the punt was a legit call. Timmons got jobbed.

  65. johntonioholmes says: Dec 20, 2011 12:46 AM

    westmantooth

    I wouldn’t doubt that for a second. The calls have become comically bad.

    I don’t think the games are fixed, but I’ve seen enough bad calls for me to believe that officials are (on occasion) shaving or adding points.

    People will think I’m crazy, but I’ve worked with sports historians. The FBI knows of at least 70 games in the modern era that were rigged–you could go to the Library of Congress and see for yourself. Why do you think instant replay came into the league for one year, and then it went away the following year? Because it’s harder to shave points. The only reason why we have instant replay now is because the fans demanded it.

    Remember when Cleveland sued Modell? The league didn’t want the lawsuit to move forward because Modell had known ties to organized crime. That’s why Cleveland got another franchise. In fact, that’s likely why Modell moved in the first place–gambling problems.

    Furthermore, the best way to determine the outcome of a game is to look at the number of holding calls for vs. the number of holding calls against. What happens on every NFL play? Holding. How subjective are holding calls? Very.

    Honestly, you could look this all up.

    Disclaimer: I’m in no way suggested that the Steelers lost because the game was fixed; there were some bad calls, but the Steelers lost because they lost. Immobile Roethlisberger + leaky offensive line = bad offense.

  66. oscojoe says: Dec 20, 2011 12:46 AM

    As it turns out it was a Weekend sweep for the Patriots.

    With The Texans, Ravens & now Steelers losing this week the Patriots now have the #1 seed in the AFC if they win out (Miami & Buffalo both home games)

  67. huskersrock1 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:47 AM

    The real story here is that the Pats are now in prime position to get the 1 seed in the AFC. The road to the superbowl goes through Foxbourgh!

  68. reedhof20 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:49 AM

    And…In part two of the west coast version of “Who Wants the Bye?”, the Squealers promptly give back home held advantage to the Ravens. I can hear it now: “Our quarterback’s hurt…the refs are out to get us…Harrison didn’t play…we were out partying all night celebrating the Ravens loss…bla, bla, bla…chop block…leaping…etc…”
    The Natty Boh will be cold for ya when you get here in January!!!!
    FYI Westmantooth – it was “Steeler Walt” who GAVE Holmes the TD that never crossed the line a few years back in Baltimore. He is also from just outside the Pittsburg area. He’s a homer on your payroll!

  69. heyzeus143 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:49 AM

    for real! are you serious, maybe, maybe they will see a much healthier much more mobile ben with maurkice pouncey and James harrison in Indy, mark my friggin’ words – we don’t lose to another harbaugh EVER again, I love when folks doubt the black n gold, we don’t need yellow flags to win just resolve

  70. ravensfan4life52 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:49 AM

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHA Man and I thought my Ravens choked bad last night. At least we got in the end zone. Enjoy the 5th seed and enjoy your trip to Baltimore Squealers.

  71. chief67 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:50 AM

    Wouldn`t a two legged Charlie Batch be more effective than a one legged Roethlisberger ?

  72. iambadkid says: Dec 20, 2011 12:50 AM

    wow the power outage sucked the visiting teams life out of this game hahahahaha thank you power outage!!!! your so nice.. the 49ers were good anyway

  73. grannyvi4 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:50 AM

    What I don’t understand is, after it was clear that “Big Ben” was totally and completlely ineffective in the first half, why did they keep him in there? Could Batch possibly have been any worse? At least he would’ve had more mobility.

    Way to be “heroic”, Big Ben…and drag your team down with you.

  74. tinopuno says: Dec 20, 2011 12:52 AM

    westmantooth says: Dec 20, 2011 12:27 AM

    Haven’t seen a game as fraudulent as that in a long time, but it’s really not surprising coming from Walt Anderson. It honestly is like the guy is gambling on the games.

    ====================================
    If you think Walt Anderson is bad, you should watch Walt Coleman.

  75. higlandtownrob says: Dec 20, 2011 12:52 AM

    Big mistake for the Steelers to play Big Ben tonight. He wasn’t himself. Who’s in charge of this team? Once they realize that he’s no one near 100%, someone needs to make the decision to get him out of there. Because of their arrogance (or God knows what), they lost the inside track for the #1 seed.

    Not sure what they’re thinking – aren’t they supposed to be this awesome organization that always makes the right moves?

  76. jayman35 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:53 AM

    The 49ers didn’t win the game over a controversial call in the midst of a pivotal moment in the game, they won because their defense is one of the best in the league in creating turnovers. The nation also got to see the clear cut defensive rookie of the year, Aldon Smith consistently getting pressure and dominating the Steeler’s O-line. He has more sacks than Von Miller and in half the snaps. Dude is a super freak. Oh yeah, and Ben Rothlesberger made a few poor passes too. Thanks Ben.

    This was a statement game for the 49ers, and they were obviously up to the task. Impressive win gentlemen.

  77. benandjerrysberryhorny says: Dec 20, 2011 12:54 AM

    WAHHHHHHHH. I’m a steelers fan and if it wasn’t for the power outage we would have won that game. WAHHHHHHH. It’s so obvious Jim Harbaugh paid the refs. WAHHHHHHHHH. We didn’t have Hines Ward. WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

  78. icantblvit says: Dec 20, 2011 12:55 AM

    That was a royal .. step child aZZ beatin’ to where the 49ers should’ve shown some hospitality… wait they did, they showed how a real team with class wins, not some dirty POS towel team that squeaks out lucky aZZ wins… why didn’t we see those morons w/ their terible towel wavers in the 2nd half… I bet they didn’t walk out of the stadium – they sprinted!…

  79. jaynaked says: Dec 20, 2011 12:56 AM

    When your quarterback turns the ball over 4 times, there’s absolutely no reason to lay any of the blame on the referees.

  80. goniners49 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:57 AM

    Great win for the Niners! That was the most dominant defensive performance all year. Two more games against the NFC West and then we get the bye week!

    Who’s got it better than us?? NOBODY!!

  81. rainponcho87 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:00 AM

    Here come the excuses. “Ben’s leg injury”… “the refs” …..

    Face it, Steelers got beat. The 49ers have a great defense.

  82. linkinxr says: Dec 20, 2011 1:01 AM

    This was a statement game. Absolutely dominated by Aldon smith and the secondary. Steelers fans will cry and whine about something. Thank John harbaugh for giving his notes to Jim to beat the steelers. Brotherly love.

  83. ilikesteveyounggirls says: Dec 20, 2011 1:01 AM

    Let’s hear the whining from Pitt! We dominated, no question. Bad calls on both sides, you got the worst of them. It’s football, you lost and it should have been worse but Alex can’t hit a deep pass to save his life.

    On a side note, love Big Ben for being the toughest player in the league bar none. He’s lucky 52 wasn’t in there.

  84. jimmysimpson55 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:05 AM

    Ben was just trying to cement a reputation as being a tough guy. I bet those little, petite women he forced himself on thought he was tough too.

  85. benwantsababyruth says: Dec 20, 2011 1:07 AM

    @westmantooth
    How bout I take your mother Dorothy Mantooth out for a nice seafood dinner and NEVER call her again?

  86. youguysaretotalnerds says: Dec 20, 2011 1:11 AM

    Ravens weren’t ready for what they faced in San Diego last night. They got dominated. Steelers fans jump on PFT and run their mouths all day. Then you go out there and do the EXACT same thing against the 9ers. Hope you stockpiled your holes all day, because I suspect you won’t be crawling out of them for another week or so.

  87. pikindaguy says: Dec 20, 2011 1:14 AM

    “westmantooth says:
    Dec 20, 2011 12:27 AM
    Haven’t seen a game as fraudulent as that in a long time, but it’s really not surprising coming from Walt Anderson.”

    Pretty sure it was Walt Coleman.

  88. oldbrowndawg says: Dec 20, 2011 1:15 AM

    Arrogant Steelers finally got their comeuppance. Couldn’t happen to a better bunch of dudes. They didn’t get the calls they usually do. And, I hope the entire AFC was watching what happens when a defense puts constant pressure on “Big Ben.” He can’t deal with it. Three INTs and a fumble. Yep. D coordinators across the league should study the coach’s tape of this game very closely. It provides a perfect roadmap to beat these dudes. Love it!

  89. tatum064 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:16 AM

    westmantooth says:
    Dec 20, 2011 12:27 AM

    “PS – I dislike both of these teams. Just love football.”

    ========================

    translation; My team is out of contention, hence the “I just love football take”

  90. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 20, 2011 1:18 AM

    The question is: is he too hobbled to trap a nineteen year-old girl in the bathroom and rape her? Only time will tell.

  91. jc49ers52 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:19 AM

    let’s hear all the steeler excuses on how there QB wasn’t 100% blah blah blah he look comfortable in the second half just give us our credit and step aside for the new D in town cause the steel train has been derailed

  92. explosionsauce says: Dec 20, 2011 1:22 AM

    Westmantooth:
    1. Nice name
    2. The punting team has to let the guy attempt a catch before making contact with him. It’s not like an onside kick.

  93. thestillcity says: Dec 20, 2011 1:23 AM

    The illegal leaping on kicks has got to stop. I’m glad the officials, at least, called it by the rules the second time, after getting away with it so egregiously the first time. Let’s not wait for someone to get cleated in the neck to start enforcing the rules as they’ve been for decades.

    The call that has to stop is the chop blocks called on both teams tonight. I’ve seen this multiple times around the league this season (including numerous instances on the 49ers) and officials are completely ignoring the intent of the rule when making the call. Neither running back made contact while the pass rusher was engaged with a lineman.

  94. hamcamnewton says: Dec 20, 2011 1:24 AM

    cam anyone explain the call of timmons? I guess I’m flabbergasted

  95. explosionsauce says: Dec 20, 2011 1:26 AM

    Lol caseyanthonymunoz is trolling.

  96. downsouth49er says: Dec 20, 2011 1:30 AM

    Where is that Steelers fan that always talks about how fans are jealous of the Steelers because they are the model franchise or some crap like that? He’s always talking about how the Steelers travel well and that they make the most money for the NFL and other BS.

  97. mistersmith22 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:32 AM

    I was at the game…the Niners O-line and defensive front seven dominated the game all night. Total destruction! Great game.

    You Steelers dweebs want to rag on Joe Flacco? How about Ben giving the ball up FOUR MORE TIMES tonight when you had a chance to all but lock up the division? Turds like this, the Ravens season sweep…Steelers blow.

  98. trodriguez89 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:33 AM

    Aldon smith is a beast

  99. snap0179 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:33 AM

    The Niner red zone offense is still a major concern, it wasn’t a huge factor because the niners were not pressured to score. This should have been a larger blow out win by the Niners, especially considering the field position of the Steelers. It was not. When the niners get to the post season and see some strong offense it will be a much stronger challenge, all field goals don’t win superbowls which is what the niners had minus the penalty.

  100. thehighhat says: Dec 20, 2011 1:33 AM

    Que the Squealer fans moaning about the refs in 3, 2, 1….

    Squealer fans lost the right to ever complain about the refs after the Super Bowl heist against the Seahawks!

  101. jefjarhead says: Dec 20, 2011 1:34 AM

    Where are all the big mouth squealer fans that had so much to say about the ravens loss?

  102. Nevis says: Dec 20, 2011 1:35 AM

    Aldon Smith is the DROY, hands down, zero questions asked. He absolutely took over in the second half.

    He now has more sacks than Von Miller, at about half the snaps and just broke the 49ers franchise record for rookie sacks with 13.

    Haley who?

  103. buffaloniner says: Dec 20, 2011 1:36 AM

    Just curious, are the 49ers still overrated? If so, is it because of the “weak” division? Anybody still clinging to this should probably take a closer look at some numbers. Good game Steelers. Go Niners!

  104. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:36 AM

    Why was Ben even playing? He was hurting his team by being out there not having any mobility whatsoever and not being able to make a throw with any balance or follow through. Absolutely horrible decision to play him and an even worse performance.

    I don’t know that this game validated anything for the 49ers. This was more of a display of how bad Roethlesburger and the Stealers are.

  105. jibberator says: Dec 20, 2011 1:36 AM

    How is the leaping penalty comical? He did a running jump and landed on players, which is illegal. If he followed the rules he wouldn’t have received the penalty.

    On the other hand the kick catch interference penalty was a little more gray, I DO feel that the punt returner was interfered with by the kicking team.

  106. oaktown49er says: Dec 20, 2011 1:37 AM

    4 turnovers beats 3 points… most Steeler fans are cool but for those who gave the 49ers no respect…deal with it. There was plenty of bad calls that went both ways. The non call on the leverage penalty early, Troy P was offsides on the play before. Aldon Smith lost a sack on an illegal contact where the ref didn’t even say the players #.
    Steelers r still a great team but 49ers deserve some respect.

  107. ninerdynasty says: Dec 20, 2011 1:40 AM

    Haven’t seen a game as fraudulent as that in a long time, but it’s really not surprising coming from Walt Anderson. It honestly is like the guy is gambling on the games.

    Kick catch interference was a horrible call, and the “leaping” penalty on Timmons was just comical – and changed the game from two scores to three.

    Two key penalties that had a profound impact on the game.

    We can only hope that they will start taking a closer look at these guys in coming years, or that the media begins to talk about it.

    PS – I dislike both of these teams. Just love football.
    ———————————————————

    If you love football so much.. you should know that leaping is not a legal play. get a life.. you must be a raider fan. IDIOT

  108. goawayeverybody says: Dec 20, 2011 1:42 AM

    Steelers fans, stop your whining please. The Steelers were guilty of blatant holding several times and it didn’t get called. Stop making excuses. The 49ers dominated all phases of that game.

  109. jibberator says: Dec 20, 2011 1:42 AM

    For those confused on what “leaping” is:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaping_%28American_football%29#cite_note-2

    And a report on a similar call in 2004
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1632537

  110. norcalmafia says: Dec 20, 2011 1:43 AM

    Aldon Smith is droy!

  111. cup0pizza says: Dec 20, 2011 1:47 AM

    Most dramatic grade one ankle sprain ever. Fat Ben the drama queen.

  112. raider23mike says: Dec 20, 2011 1:50 AM

    Either at Denver or at Oakland for wildcard. I know Rothlisberger wouldn’t want Seymour near him after the KO he suffered years back

  113. jcf78 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:53 AM

    Calls evened out in the end!!! Two lame chop block penalties, a leverage penalty that wasn’t called in the 49ers 1st fg! Also as jaws was reading the rule on leaping the refs got the second one right!!!!

    Can’t wait to have steelers fans come up with excuses, heres one:

    Power outage made bens pain killer where off!!!!!

  114. sfwillis52 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:56 AM

    The fact that my boys did this without their best player and defensive leader makes an even bigger statement.

  115. 49ersmang says: Dec 20, 2011 2:05 AM

    That was the best MNF game I’ve watched in years.

  116. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 20, 2011 2:12 AM

    caseyanthonymunoz has just moved into the pole position for “#1 PFT poster loser of all time”

    enjoy that #1 seed, casey!

  117. 4evrnyt says: Dec 20, 2011 2:16 AM

    If you are going to complain about the penalties at least know the rules first. The rule says that if a player is farther away then the one yard line and gets a running start they can not use another player as leverage OR LAND ON AN OPPOSING PLAYER!!

    It’s the last part that caused the penalty and it’s that reason that it was the right call. Please know what you are talking about first if you would like to retain any credibility.

  118. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 20, 2011 2:17 AM

    Now then, on to the serious stuff…

    Yes, westman, the “leaping” penalty truly was comedy at its finest. Watch the play, and you’ll see the “leapfrog” was actually caused by the 49er player running into Timmons!

    Bizarre, huh? Not really. Apparently, the NFL had a vested interest in making sure the 49ers won this one. We’ll see why, I guess, in the post-season.

    But I’m glad I’m not the only one who caught this laughable joke of so-called “refereeing.”

  119. 4evrnyt says: Dec 20, 2011 2:17 AM

    By the way it clearly didn’t matter if the 49ers got a FG instead of a TD at that point anyway because the Steelers never even came close to scoring.

  120. lance19 says: Dec 20, 2011 2:29 AM

    PS – Everyone seems to dislike westmantooth.

  121. baltimorebob says: Dec 20, 2011 2:44 AM

    Your an idiot caseyanthonymunoz. God I hate the idiots on here that have no idea what they are talking about. Like Ben knew just when the camera was on him so he could limp? Come on man!

    How many games has Anderson and Cutler missed? Ben hasn’t missed one with both a broken thumb and high ankle sprain.

    Give Ben his props the guy is a beast. More than I can say about our QB. I would take Ben anytime over Flacco!

    This Steelers bashing is getting real juvenile on here anymore. So tired of the jealously because they win. Real football fans give them the respect they deserve. Hell they made my team what they are because they have to compete with them every year! Nothing but respect for the Steelers.

    GO Ravens!!

  122. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 20, 2011 2:48 AM

    Now to close… as bad as the calls were, glad to see Tomlin didn’t stoop to the level of Ravens coach Harbaugh and whine publicly. Even though, of course, Tomlin would’ve been justified, as opposed to Harbaugh, who cried about non-existent “holding” by San Diego that never was.

    That’s why Tomlin has a Lombardi trophy, and Harbaugh never will have one.

    It’s totally a matter of class.

  123. msclemons67 says: Dec 20, 2011 2:52 AM

    The best part of the game was Rothlisberger yelling “no means no!” at the Aldon Smith in the 4th quarter.

  124. frk49rs says: Dec 20, 2011 3:00 AM

    westmantooth says:Dec 20, 2011 12:27 AM

    Haven’t seen a game as fraudulent as that in a long time, but it’s really not surprising coming from Walt Anderson. It honestly is like the guy is gambling on the games.

    Kick catch interference was a horrible call, and the “leaping” penalty on Timmons was just comical – and changed the game from two scores to three.

    Two key penalties that had a profound impact on the game.

    For someone who loves the game, you should learn the rules…

    you have to give the returner room to catch the ball, or you could just run down there and blow them up just before the ball gets there.

    also if you start from more than a yard out and leap you can not land on a lineman.

    Rules helping good team win since well…

  125. lookatthefarside says: Dec 20, 2011 3:05 AM

    I’m wondering if Harrison being present and worthlessburger being at 100% would have made a difference. Nah. The steelers lost and they’re on the decline. It’s been a nice run, Pittsburg, but the 49ers are back and are getting the others teams mothers phone numbers.

  126. njhitman says: Dec 20, 2011 3:09 AM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:Dec 20, 2011 12:26 AM

    Gotta love how Ben was barely limping most of the game…unless of course the cameras were on him. What a fraud. Either way he was awful – he looked like Mark Sanchez out there tonight.

    On the bright side Steeler fans, at least Harbaugh didn’t knock Tomlin out during the post game handshake. Enjoy that 5th seed!
    ———————————————————-
    So I take it you were at the game . Because your saying he wasn’t limping unless the cameras wea on him . If you weren;t at the game then how do know he wasn’t limping ?

  127. njhitman says: Dec 20, 2011 3:13 AM

    westmantooth says:Dec 20, 2011 12:27 AM

    Haven’t seen a game as fraudulent as that in a long time, but it’s really not surprising coming from Walt Anderson. It honestly is like the guy is gambling on the games.

    Kick catch interference was a horrible call, and the “leaping” penalty on Timmons was just comical – and changed the game from two scores to three.

    Two key penalties that had a profound impact on the game.

    We can only hope that they will start taking a closer look at these guys in coming years, or that the media begins to talk about it.

    PS – I dislike both of these teams. Just love football.
    ———————————————————-
    You left out the noncall for pass interference on the 9ers the play before the catch interference and many other noncalls

  128. njhitman says: Dec 20, 2011 3:16 AM

    benandjerrysberryhorny says:Dec 20, 2011 12:54 AM

    WAHHHHHHHH. I’m a steelers fan and if it wasn’t for the power outage we would have won that game. WAHHHHHHH. It’s so obvious Jim Harbaugh paid the refs. WAHHHHHHHHH. We didn’t have Hines Ward. WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
    ———————————————————-
    How old are you ? Does your mommy know that your up past 9 and playing on the bad computer

  129. Klint Westwood says: Dec 20, 2011 3:40 AM

    The Harbaughs can pay to have all the regular season victories they want. Let’s see how they fare come January, because we all know they won’t be playing in Febrary.

  130. bobhk says: Dec 20, 2011 3:43 AM

    Waited for a couple of hours to see if sqeelersownyou shows up but naaah. He’s a sissy.
    After all the trash talk he’s not man enough to come and take it.
    He’s probably not even a real steelers fan, just a bandwagoner.

    @steelersownyou, from now on, you go on the ignore list since you are either a troll or a bandwagon steelers fan.

  131. bobhk says: Dec 20, 2011 3:52 AM

    vincentbojackson says:
    Dec 20, 2011 12:34 AM
    Steelers had 420 yards of offense, 49′ers had 275.

    Turnovers kill.
    ————————–
    Sure, but Steelers had 387 yards of offense (not 420). There’s something called being down by 17 points that forces teams to pass a lot and hence rack up yards. In reality if the game was a bit closer (say 10 or 7 point game) the yards would be around the same.

  132. 7ftgriff says: Dec 20, 2011 4:05 AM

    msclemons67 says:
    Dec 20, 2011 2:52 AM
    The best part of the game was Rothlisberger yelling “no means no!” at the Aldon Smith in the 4th quarter.
    __________________________________

    hahahahahahahaha , epic post.

    Say what you will about officiating, the 49ers Defense Dominated plain and simple, the refs could have given the steelers every call and they still weren’t gonna win this one.

  133. hedleykow says: Dec 20, 2011 4:34 AM

    Who keeps touting the Steeler’s ability to overcome adversity, like injuries, and Ben’s ego? Apparently I missed that game. The head coach lost this one. Ben and the HC sucked tonight.

  134. worldwidebleater says: Dec 20, 2011 5:51 AM

    Way to be gracious in victory Niners fans. Stay classy San Fransisco.

  135. antibenapalooza says: Dec 20, 2011 5:51 AM

    Get rid of Pig Ben Rottenberger! He is the worst thing to ever happen to the Steelers. Wake up Pittsburgh.

  136. staffordsyear says: Dec 20, 2011 6:04 AM

    Why didnt they just start good ol charlie batch?

  137. jtdesan says: Dec 20, 2011 6:10 AM

    Can’t remember enjoying a game more, except for the SB. Niners played too cautious or the score would have been alot worse for Piggsburgh.

    And my petty pet peeve: Can’t stand them being refered to as the “Black and Gold” That is Yellow if I’ve ever seen yellow!

    The Rams have gold in their colors and that’s what Gold looks like. They keep insisting on Black and Gold because they would otherwise look like Bumble Bees.

    Yeah, you guessed it, I’m a Browns fan. All I have left is to hate on the Queerlers!

  138. dawhorsefeathers says: Dec 20, 2011 6:13 AM

    Free advice: If your username calls someone else out for being a hypocrite, it’s probably best to avoid being one yourself.

  139. stuartscottslefteye says: Dec 20, 2011 6:18 AM

    Big Ben’s limp did seem to get worse right after an interception. And to all those Raven’s fans taking smack – remember you will be playing a hungry Bengals team fighting for a playoff spot, on the road, that last game of the season. The road for the Superbowl for the Ravens, still may indeed, end up going through the ‘burg.

  140. jeepin08 says: Dec 20, 2011 6:44 AM

    So, what will Ben’s excuse be for throwing 3 picks ?
    Was the lights in his eye ? No, wait…

  141. theandy59 says: Dec 20, 2011 7:03 AM

    With the Steeler’s loss, the Patriots now control the #1 seed in the AFC. With home games remaining against Miami and Buffalo, it’s possible that New England has made it’s final road trip of the season. Two wins in Foxborough, a week off, then another game in Foxborough. Eliminating travel for the next 4 weeks has gotta be worth something, right?

  142. texanfan62 says: Dec 20, 2011 7:09 AM

    You Patriot Fans better get your team a Defense.You guys WON’T go past the First Round with that Crap.And don’t give me this excuse that they just beat a Good Denver Team because Denver’s not that great.And I don’t care how good Brady is,let’s see him beat a Defense like Pittsburgh,Houston or Baltimore.Losing Andre Carter didn’t HELP either.

  143. texanfan62 says: Dec 20, 2011 7:11 AM

    Baltimore WILL not beat Cincinnati in Cincinnati,especially losing like they did to the Chargers.PATHETIC!

  144. realitypolice says: Dec 20, 2011 7:12 AM

    @caseyanthonymunoz:

    How could you tell he wasn’t limping if the cameras weren’t on him? Were you at the game?

  145. steelersownyou says: Dec 20, 2011 7:14 AM

    With 3 of our top guys out. Pouncey, harrison, and woodley (started but wasnt healthy & by halftime was done for game) and Big Ben looking like a 90 yr. Old man back there. While throwing 3 interceptions & fumbling once for a total of 4 turnovers. I don’t think we would of even beat the colts last night! If we played that way against a team that actually had an offense like the pakers that game woulda been about 45-3 final. That game didnt show me anything about the 49ers! With Big Ben back there in his walker, and offense still getting almost 400 yards total. It begs the question. what do you think rodgers will do to you? 49ers didnt impress me at all.. 1 and done in playoffs, or at best they win 1 and lose 2nd game. As for Steelers, we will be fine. See you smelly trolls in Indianapolis in February!

  146. tobiasjodter says: Dec 20, 2011 7:20 AM

    jibberator says: Dec 20, 2011 1:36 AM

    How is the leaping penalty comical? He did a running jump and landed on players, which is illegal. If he followed the rules he wouldn’t have received the penalty.

    ————————————–
    I know ESPN SAID he had a running jump – but the replay showed that in fact he did not run up to the line of scrimmage at all. Further the O-Lineman cut anotherneath him – he did not jump onto or over the O-Lineman.

  147. Robert says: Dec 20, 2011 7:26 AM

    The 30,000 Steeler fans in attendance went home mad.

  148. 3ghostninja says: Dec 20, 2011 7:29 AM

    Looks like N.E. is once again the team to beat in the AFC. Both the Steelers and the Ravens looked overmatched this week.

    Is a peg legged Big Ben really better than a healthy Checkdown Charlie?

  149. ravenator says: Dec 20, 2011 7:29 AM

    Life is good :-)

  150. edisbetterthantroy says: Dec 20, 2011 7:32 AM

    Who is more selfish?

    James Harrison for refusing to play within the rules, getting suspended, and missing a huge game in December?

    Or Big Ben? That was very “heroic” and “tough” of you putting your team on your shoulders like that, huh?

    Go ahead and hobble all the way to Baltimore in January. That is if you guys don’t get Tebow’d first!

  151. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 20, 2011 7:41 AM

    I wanted to throw up when i saw Ben doing his best Tebow impression before the game. I hope he was praying for his victims. …Nice shoes Ben.

  152. cowboycjn says: Dec 20, 2011 7:57 AM

    Steelers commited suicide, playing a lame QB like that. Think of the message it sends to the back up QB “Look dude, we would rather play someone on crutches instead of giving you a chance on the field.” He should ask to be traded, because there is no way they are ever gonna try to develop the backup. Ben should have sat his a_ _ on the bench, but then again it doesn’t say much for the coach and the medical staff either.

  153. wikidpissah says: Dec 20, 2011 7:59 AM

    Congrats to Deb. From what I can see she’s the only Steeler fan who comes to this site who’s not a front running fraud.

    As for Ravens fans, what happened to the Steelers last night doesn’t make what your team did Sunday in a take care of business road game against a team playing well game any prettier.

  154. dickroy says: Dec 20, 2011 7:59 AM

    It became obvious that Ben was not going to get the job done. We should have took our chances with Batch or Dixon. Wallace was open on many plays. Defense played good without Harrison and it was clear that Woodley was less than 100%, but the offense has to do more.
    Hats off to the 49ers. They are a very good team.

    I hope we spend our first 5 picks on offensive linemen next year!

  155. dexterismyhero says: Dec 20, 2011 8:02 AM

    @baltimorebob says:Dec 20, 2011 2:44 AM
    ==================================
    Yeah and I’m sure you are from Baltimore Bob…..

  156. toegoat says: Dec 20, 2011 8:13 AM

    Hats off to the niners, they played mistake free and capitalized on turnovers like good teams do. We did have a lot more Yds (i know pts matter not Yds) but couldn’t make em count. I wouldn’t say the niners dominated though, more like capitalized on short fields and turnovers something we haven’t been able to do all yr… anyway good game niners goodluck in the playoffs

  157. toegoat says: Dec 20, 2011 8:17 AM

    and Alex smith sucks

  158. steelmill says: Dec 20, 2011 8:29 AM

    HAHA! You Steeler haters make losing a game not feel so bad. I love it how fans from 31 teams come out to try and make us feel bad when we lose a game.

    I will give credit where credit is due… The 49er defense is the truth!

    Punt catch interference was crap, and the leaping on the field goal was a pure crap slurpy we had to drink. Oh well 49er’s were gonna win anyway. Good game 49er’s!

  159. Steeler's Will says: Dec 20, 2011 8:38 AM

    No excuses here. We got beat. No thank you BAL, you can keep the division crown. Niners D was the balls, and ours couldn’t bail out an anemic O.

    True it’s a whole new season when the playoffs start, but I don’t like our chances on the road. Ben should’ve been pulled in the 4th after the fumble, and this laughable attempt at a 1st seed aborted. He needs to be in top form in a few weeks.

    To anyone blaming refs, find another sport.

  160. Steeler's Will says: Dec 20, 2011 8:47 AM

    raider23mike says:
    Dec 20, 2011 1:50 AM
    I know Rothlisberger wouldn’t want Seymour near him after the KO he suffered years back
    ———————–
    Last year. Seymour got himself ejected and Ben went on to toss 3 TD’s. Final 35-3. That Seymour is scaaaaary.

  161. brodell says: Dec 20, 2011 9:01 AM

    While there were two bad calls against the Steelers, I cannot blame the outcome on the refs.

    The 49er’s were lucky ben was injured because I believe the game would have completely different if ben was at 100%. Chasing a hobbled QB is a defenses’ dream and the niners got one. The niners played well, and I blame Tomlin for not starting Batch, who has the mobility to scramble if necessary. The Steelers will bounce back from this as they always do, whether in 1st place or 5th. Congradulations niners, good win for you. I’ll not express any sour grapes here, Injured or not, the niners outplayed my Steelers.

  162. jaynaked says: Dec 20, 2011 9:02 AM

    It’s safe to say that the 49ers watched the Ravens game on Sunday night. The Chargers put out a blueprint to defeat the 3-4 defense: use motion to figure out the coverage/rush, and the 49ers came out and did the EXACT same thing with lesser talent. If Baltimore or Pittsburgh have any serious playoff aspirations, they’ll need to work on disguising their coverage.

  163. tatum064 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:08 AM

    If you love football so much.. you should know that leaping is not a legal play. get a life.. you must be a raider fan. IDIOT

    ======================

    No, we just beat down fans after the game…we dont discuss we fisticuff.

  164. ottograham says: Dec 20, 2011 9:15 AM

    I was gonn take this loss for what it is… a rough one. The more I read though from all you bums the more my thinking changes. I would pray we see the niners with a healthy Ben Roethlisberger and you will all be kissing our rings. Cause if we do see you again this year it will be for one of em.

    You all just cant help yourself but to throw out dirty comments about our Quarterback. Swallow your pride and try to have an intelligent conversation. Dont sit here and have a pi$$ing contest. Your lack of intelligence makes methrow up in my mouth a little bit.

  165. dawhorsefeathers says: Dec 20, 2011 9:19 AM

    tobiasjodter says:
    Dec 20, 2011 7:20 AM
    I know ESPN SAID he had a running jump – but the replay showed that in fact he did not run up to the line of scrimmage at all. Further the O-Lineman cut anotherneath him – he did not jump onto or over the O-Lineman.
    —————————-
    Inquiring minds want to know which game you were watching. Timmons was 2 yards behind the line before the snap, took two steps up, and jumped. He, and you, need to understand the rule.

  166. wrm1230 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:42 AM

    Enjoy the win Niners fans, it’s about to get much, much tougher not only this year but next year. Fewer cream puffs on your schedule a year from now, one less game against yet another team without an offense…this time one with a guy QB absurdly trying to play on one leg.

    But more importantly, with New Orleans and/or Green Bay looming, you better get your nickel and dime corners ready and a LB or S on notice that Jimmy Graham and Jermichael Finley are nothing like Heath Miller.

    Spread the 49ers out on defense and they get destroyed. They can try to play ball control all they want, their defense isn’t good enough to match up with New Orleans or Green Bay and their offense is still going to be the worst in the playoffs in either conference.

  167. cscfriarbob says: Dec 20, 2011 9:47 AM

    No doubt the 49ers can beat good teams, you say? Well, that depends on whether you consider a Steeler team that was missing Harrison, with a weakened OL, and about 95% missing Rothlisberger still a “good team” or not.

    Fully healthy the Steelers are a good team. I wish they weren’t, I despise them. They’re dirty, nasty, cheating bastards, and I wish they would go 0-16 for about 10 years straight. But they are a good team… when healthy.

    But as crippled as they were on both sides of the ball, I’m not sure you can really call this a “statement win” for the 49ers.

    Now go beat Seattle in Seattle, then the Rams, hold serve when the Saints come to town, AND then go beat a healthy GB in GB (assuming they can get healthy in time) and they will finally have proven something THEN.

    Now? Nope, not yet.

  168. nesuperfan says: Dec 20, 2011 9:49 AM

    As my handle suggests, I am a Pats’ fan, and wanted the Steelers to lose, but that said, it was clear they got hosed on those chop block penalties.

    It is doubtful they changed the outcome, but I like to see every game called correctly.

  169. samoanjungle says: Dec 20, 2011 10:17 AM

    Wasn’t smart to play Ben. They should just focus on the playoffs and let people heal. Oh well, the Steelers priority is not their players’ safety.

  170. mmmpierogi says: Dec 20, 2011 10:27 AM

    Oy, the Steelers bashing on this board is insufferable. I fully understand (and agree with) views on many Steelers fans as being obnoxious, but this is ridiculous – you won’t see a single statistic cited anywhere in these conversations or hardly a single argument based on anything that actually occurred in the game, but you will surely be inundated with heaps of …

    SLKJFDS I HATE THE STEELERS YYEAAAHHHH LOOOOSSSSSSSSEEEEEEE

    RIOEWRWE I LUV ME SUM RAVENZ GIMME A NATTEH BOH SLURPZ KLJFDSJEIJ (insert analogous garbage from Pats fans and some guy who actually admitted to being a Browns fan)

    RAAAAAAARW HATE BEN-CAN’T COME UP WITH NEW THINGS TO SAY SO I’LL SAY THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN ARRRRGHGHGHG

    Good job, morons.

  171. Mike Tomlin says: Dec 20, 2011 10:31 AM

    “WAHHHHHHHH. I’m a steelers fan and if it wasn’t for the power outage we would have won that game. WAHHHHHHH. It’s so obvious Jim Harbaugh paid the refs. WAHHHHHHHHH. We didn’t have Hines Ward. WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.”

    People like this call Steelers fans obnoxious? Point out one post where anyone said anything like this?

  172. steelersownyou says: Dec 20, 2011 10:34 AM

    @tatum064……you’re so full of crap..I was at the game and 49ers fans were very courteous. Unlike Raiders fans who are all idiots & the raiders suck dude. They havent been relevant since the 70’s. And any steelers fan would drum a raiders fan. They would just worry about bwing shot by your criminal fan base!

  173. somesome says: Dec 20, 2011 10:38 AM

    steelersownyou says:
    Dec 19, 2011 7:13 AM
    I loved every second of it… I loved seeing the sidelines during the game. All of baltimore defense yelling at each other…It was priceless! Get ready for 5th seef suckas…T sizzle got sizzled and im out this pizzle bizzles! See how dumb you sound ravens fans!? GO STEELERS!

    181 234

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    Most humble poster on this board …. tool ….

  174. burghman says: Dec 20, 2011 10:51 AM

    2011 Steelers losses:
    Twice to Ravens (10-4)
    Texans (10-4)
    49ers (11-3)

    2011 Ravens losses:
    Titans (7-7)
    Jags (4-10)
    Seahawks (7-7)
    Chargers (7-7)

    You can’t escape your mediocrity ratbirds. See you soon, biatches!

  175. jjackwagon says: Dec 20, 2011 10:53 AM

    SO if the Steelers are actually as good as all the Steeler Fans say they are and Ben’s ankle is the excuse of choice for this game, then what is the excuse for only beating the Chiefs by four points? Ben was healthy, the D had 3 INTs and the Chiefs didn’t even have a QB(Palko).
    Steelers = overrated

  176. waxthat says: Dec 20, 2011 11:01 AM

    I respect the Steelers organization for all of the accomplishpments they’ve achieved over the years, but this EXCUSE after EXCUSE when you lose is tiresome, Steelers fans.

    We KNOW Harrison was hurt, so was Willis (who is better than Harrison, I might add)

    We KNOW Ben Gimpyburger was playing with an ankle sprain. Get over it, all players play hurt. My point is, he wasnt the only player playing banged up last night. He was the ONLY one making it into a TNT drama series.

    The last thing I’d like to address. ESPiN’s coverage last night was atrocious. This John Sutcliffe, sideline reporter, along with the two bozos in the booth. I had to mute it. Jaws and Gruden(who I used to Love) made themselves look like scripted buffoons. It was flat out embarrassing ESPiN. How bout we give this ALL-TIME GREAT defense some love. Makin’ us fans proud, Go Niners!

  177. waxthat says: Dec 20, 2011 11:02 AM

    ***I meant to say harrison suspended**

  178. ninerdynasty says: Dec 20, 2011 11:04 AM

    steelersownyou says: Dec 20, 2011 7:14 AM

    With 3 of our top guys out. Pouncey, harrison, and woodley (started but wasnt healthy & by halftime was done for game) and Big Ben looking like a 90 yr. Old man back there. While throwing 3 interceptions & fumbling once for a total of 4 turnovers. I don’t think we would of even beat the colts last night! If we played that way against a team that actually had an offense like the pakers that game woulda been about 45-3 final. That game didnt show me anything about the 49ers! With Big Ben back there in his walker, and offense still getting almost 400 yards total. It begs the question. what do you think rodgers will do to you? 49ers didnt impress me at all.. 1 and done in playoffs, or at best they win 1 and lose 2nd game. As for Steelers, we will be fine. See you smelly trolls in Indianapolis in February!
    ———————————————-
    Niners had no Willis, Edwards and our LT played hurt. Gore has been hurt too.. man up jackass.
    I dont think this defense cares About how many yards they give up, they play for the T.O’s.. Hence the 39 t.o’s on the season.. they have more T.O’s than sacks..
    I like how you say “one and done” for the niners but yet you later say “see you in Indianapolis” what are you? retarded.. you contradict your own self. LOSER.

  179. Steeler's Will says: Dec 20, 2011 11:09 AM

    cowboycjn says:
    Dec 20, 2011 7:57 AM
    Steelers commited suicide, playing a lame QB like that. Think of the message it sends to the back up QB “Look dude, we would rather play someone on crutches instead of giving you a chance on the field.” He should ask to be traded, because there is no way they are ever gonna try to develop the backup. Ben should have sat his a_ _ on the bench, but then again it doesn’t say much for the coach and the medical staff either.
    ——————
    Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich don’t need developed, they need put out to pasture. Dixon would’ve been gone had Leftwich not gone on injured reserve in the preseason.

  180. franknunley57 says: Dec 20, 2011 11:25 AM

    With 11 wins, a division title,a first year HC that didn’t have the benefit of a training camp…The 9ers are only going to get better. Don’t give me this “the schedule will be tougher next year” …The NFL is a league of parity. Any team can beat any other team.(see KC v GB ). With 2 weeks left in the season, only 10 teams have been eliminated from the playoffs. I think Harbaugh will look to make a change @ qb. He’s smart enough to recognize Smith’s limitations and if he can improve @ qb…he will. It’s his coaching career that is at stake. I don’t think he’ll hitch his wagon to a game manager. I believe he has higher ambitions. Go Niners!

  181. nyyankeedave says: Dec 20, 2011 11:29 AM

    wrm1230 says:

    Enjoy the win Niners fans, it’s about to get much, much tougher …Spread the 49ers out on defense and they get destroyed. They can try to play ball control all they want, their defense isn’t good enough to match up with New Orleans or Green Bay…
    =======================

    You sound scared. =)

  182. nyyankeedave says: Dec 20, 2011 11:38 AM

    @steelersownyou

    And the 49ers own you! Merry Christmas, pal!

  183. megatronownsyou says: Dec 20, 2011 12:17 PM

    49ers you are one and done in the playoffs. I would bet my house, my car and my first born child on it. Enjoy it while you can.

  184. vette7274 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:30 PM

    To bad someone didn’t break his leg! The guy is a serial abuser of women and people idolize him.

  185. johntonioholmes says: Dec 20, 2011 12:32 PM

    frk49rs

    “you have to give the returner room to catch the ball, or you could just run down there and blow them up just before the ball gets there.

    also if you start from more than a yard out and leap you can not land on a lineman.

    Rules helping good team win since well…”

    Umm you’re wrong.

    He could be right up in the punt returners grill as long as he doesn’t touch him. He pushed the 9ers blocker into the ball, which is totally legal and it has happened before. You should know this because you’re busy acting like a football fan. It was a blown call…end of story.

    And if that was an “illegal leap” then it should be called every kick. Timmons jumped, and the olineman moved forward, which is why Timmons landed on him–it was as plain as day, to anyone watching. The lineman instigated that call by moving forward (which is strange because lineman don’t move forward like that on kicking plays) There’s nothing illegal about it if Timmons jumps vertically and uses no leverage, and that’s ecatly what he did.

    Those were just blown calls! Why can’t people admit that? I’m not saying that’s the reason why the Steelers lost! It might have been because you can’t predict what they would have done with those opportunities. But it might not have been because the Steelers might not have scored or they might have turned the ball over.

    But to act like those weren’t blown calls is just being dishonest.

  186. bobhk says: Dec 20, 2011 12:38 PM

    megatronownsyou says:
    Dec 20, 2011 12:17 PM
    49ers you are one and done in the playoffs. I would bet my house, my car and my first born child on it. Enjoy it while you can.

     ————
    Nothing like a troll from another team that was not even involved in the game. What’s more funny is that this guys team got beat by the same niners in *their* house. In any case the lions are megaton and a bunch of crap. Loser.
    We will enjoy it. What will you enjoy? 17 years of Matt millen’s drafts?

  187. franknunley57 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:01 PM

    @megatronownsyou

    The 9ers beat The Lions @ home. Lions are currently the 6th seed. Thats alot of road playoff games to win without a rb.

  188. thesportgenius says: Dec 20, 2011 1:13 PM

    steelersownyou says: Dec 20, 2011 7:14 AM

    With 3 of our top guys out. Pouncey, harrison, and woodley (started but wasnt healthy & by halftime was done for game) and Big Ben looking like a 90 yr. Old man back there. While throwing 3 interceptions & fumbling once for a total of 4 turnovers. I don’t think we would of even beat the colts last night! If we played that way against a team that actually had an offense like the pakers that game woulda been about 45-3 final. That game didnt show me anything about the 49ers! With Big Ben back there in his walker, and offense still getting almost 400 yards total. It begs the question. what do you think rodgers will do to you? 49ers didnt impress me at all.. 1 and done in playoffs, or at best they win 1 and lose 2nd game. As for Steelers, we will be fine. See you smelly trolls in Indianapolis in February!

    You mean the Packers that just lost to the Chefs? Their D is about as good as The Pats and they suck. Defense wins Championships. As A Steelers fan you should know this.

  189. dawhorsefeathers says: Dec 20, 2011 1:31 PM

    burghman says:
    Dec 20, 2011 10:51 AM
    2011 Steelers losses:
    Twice to Ravens (10-4)
    Texans (10-4)
    49ers (11-3)
    ———————-
    So…your boys lose to good teams. That’s a great omen for January.

  190. Deb says: Dec 20, 2011 1:59 PM

    @dawhorsefeathers …

    Sadly … that’s exactly what I was thinking. :(

  191. zerocool62 says: Dec 20, 2011 2:24 PM

    i love how all these steeler fans show up with their yellow jack rags, trying to invade my home turf and then get all pissy and scandelized when us niner fans call em out. grow up children this isnt kendigarden this is a NFL game. acting like a bunch of girls. Can’t come into The Stick acting all big and bad. Not in my house!!! go back home and freeze ur balls off. have fun with 3 points

  192. jtdesan says: Dec 20, 2011 2:47 PM

    To westmantooth:

    Talk about a fradulent game! How about S.B XL ? Every time the Seshawks had a BIG play they were called for supposed holding. That Official has openly admitted he blew those calls.

    Piggsburg has been a blessed team ever since the immaculate reception, which would not have stood if they had a review process then. This is a good team and has been, but they’re not super human. They are still 7 Championships behind the Packers. And don’t say we’re only counting Super Bowls because one day they may change the name of the game again. NFL Championships are just that. It doesn’t matter what the game is called!

    AND I still say it’s Black and YELLOW not Black and Gold!

  193. ericwitt2117 says: Dec 20, 2011 4:09 PM

    49ers, Steelers had a bad day, such is life in the NFL especially on the road. Baltimore whether its home or away we will see you soon.

  194. billionsvsmillions says: Dec 20, 2011 9:42 PM

    JT, Hmmm
    In the NFL’s “modern era” (since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970) the Steelers have posted the best record in the league. The franchise has won the most total games, won the most divisional titles, earned the best winning percentage (including every expansion team), earned the most All-Pro nominations, and have accumulated the most Super Bowl wins (six) since the modern game started in 1970. It is 2nd overall in playoff wins and tied with the Miami Dolphins for most regular-season wins. Since the merger, the team’s playoff record is 33-19 (.635), which is second best in terms of playoff winning percentage behind the Green Bay Packers’ playoff record of 28-16 (.636), through 1/23/11

    Your hatred for the Steelers can be understood now JT. We make Steel, you make Cheese. Such an american icon cheese is… Heres a beer, cheers!

  195. billionsvsmillions says: Dec 20, 2011 9:45 PM

    zerocool62 says:Dec 20, 2011 2:24 PM

    i love how all these steeler fans show up with their yellow jack rags, trying to invade my home turf and then get all pissy and scandelized when us niner fans call em out. grow up children this isnt kendigarden this is a NFL game. acting like a bunch of girls. Can’t come into The Stick acting all big and bad. Not in my house!!! go back home and freeze ur balls off. have fun with 3 points

    Zero, your education proceeds you. Well done sir.

  196. chris516 says: Dec 21, 2011 5:52 AM

    I have been a Steelers fan ever since I was a kid.

    I admire Ben’s determination to not let the team down, but the high-ankle sprain is affecting his performance. While the blackouts before(then the one during) the game, could have led to the painkiller wearing off sooner than the game was in progress, I do think that Mike Tomlin should have gone with Charlie Batch for this game.

    Because Ben’s three interceptions undoubtedly were rushed passes. Since Ben couldn’t get out of the pocket due to his bad ankle.

    Now that the game is over, Ben should sit out for the games against St. Louis n’ Cleveland, and Charlie Batch should be the QB for those games. So Ben can give more time for his ankle heal. Since both of those teams have abysmal records this season and by the time of the teams first Wildcard game, the team doctors will have a better grasp on the severity of Ben’s injury, as to recovery time.

  197. flabtreesports says: Dec 21, 2011 7:45 AM

    billionsvsmillions, I think you mean “precedes.” His education precedes him. Not sure what your education is doing, however.

  198. billionsvsmillions says: Dec 21, 2011 4:48 PM

    flabtreesports says:Dec 21, 2011 7:45 AM

    billionsvsmillions, I think you mean “precedes.” His education precedes him. Not sure what your education is doing, however.

    Thanks for the correction. This ipad spell check can drive you crazy at times.

  199. flabtreesports says: Dec 21, 2011 10:20 PM

    Precedes and proceeds are both words, so spell check has nothing to do with it. Irony, on the other hand, has everything to do with it.

  200. 49erlifer says: Dec 23, 2011 6:55 PM

    big ben got touched like a catholic school boy stop the excuses

  201. jtdesan says: Dec 24, 2011 4:12 AM

    Well it looks like Pig Pen, I mean Big Ben, will sit out the Rams game. They don’t really need him.

    I’m hoping the ankle is much worse than it seems. Hopefully we can get that other ankle the last game in Cleveland.

    Just remember Queerler fans, it just might be the Browns that ruined your season! SWEET !

    Go Browns !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  202. steelersbowl says: Dec 24, 2011 7:47 PM

    you dont need excuses when you have most superbowls in nfl… 49ers are a field goal team this year at best
    …by the way , the harbaughs are 0-4 against the steel curtain in games that mean anything i.e. playoffs…dont get it twisted!

  203. steelersbowl says: Dec 24, 2011 7:51 PM

    the Browns??? what is that? the stain in their pants when the crap got beat out of them facing the steelers for the last 30 years? ha ha ha ha !!

    have those clowns ever even been to the superbowl?

  204. golonger says: Dec 27, 2011 11:48 AM

    westmantooth – and u r a football idiot!

  205. golonger says: Dec 27, 2011 11:49 AM

    steelersbowl – no, they haven’t…and if you weren’t such a tool you would know that!

  206. golonger says: Dec 27, 2011 11:51 AM

    Contrary to what these delusional squealer fans believe, they simply cannot beat a good team….not if their life depended on it.

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