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Steelers top Eagles in back-and-forth battle

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After falling behind in a mistake-filled first half, the Eagles came back in the fourth quarter on Sunday in Pittsburgh and took a 14-13 lead over the Steelers. But that wasn’t enough.

The Eagles took that lead with 6:33 remaining in the game, only to allow Ben Roethlisberger to march Pittsburgh down the field on a 14-play, 64-yard drive that took all the remaining time off the clock and ended with a Shaun Suisham 34-yard field goal as time expired. The Steelers won 16-14.

Michael Vick was cautious and efficient passing, completing 20 of 30 passes for 175 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. But Vick also fumbled three times, losing two of them and costing the Eagles a couple of good scoring opportunities in the first quarter.

Roethlisberger was similarly cautious and efficient for the Steelers, and the best news for Pittsburgh’s offense was that running back Rashard Mendenhall, playing for the first time since suffering a torn ACL at the end of last season, looked fast and explosive. Mendenhall ran 14 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, and also added two catches for 20 yards.

The loss drops the Eagles to 3-2 and into a tie with the Giants in the NFC East. The Steelers improve to 2-2, where they’re still behind the Ravens and Bengals in the AFC North. But Pittsburgh is the top team in Pennsylvania.

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39 Responses to “Steelers top Eagles in back-and-forth battle”
  1. eaglesfan036 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:22 PM

    Both teams played well but you can’t turn the ball over so much and win.

  2. mitchitized says: Oct 7, 2012 4:26 PM

    Hats off to an always tought Eagles team.

    Relieved for the win, sick in my stomach about Polamolu, excited that the return of Mendenhall included thenreturn of the running game.

    And Willie Colon, what else can I say? You’re good for two first downs and 30 penalty yards a game, and should be replaced as fast as freaking possible. Gah. Good thing my son has quick reflexes, as I was attempting a 60 yard field goal with my laptop after the 75th holding call on Colon in the game…

  3. melikefootball says: Oct 7, 2012 4:27 PM

    Seeing thegame in my area I would say the replacemnt officials weren’t so bad in many cases. They need to review some of these penalities.

  4. timmons94 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:30 PM

    Browns stink. Bengals stink. Ravens overrated as usual. AFc north champs again

  5. cav2ya says: Oct 7, 2012 4:31 PM

    Not a tie for the eagle. The gmen. Have lost 2 in the division.
    That puts the birds in first.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 7, 2012 4:33 PM

    I think the Philly fans can eat a nice serving of crow. Old slow, Mendenhall won’t help etc. it goes to show as usual Philly likes to talk but can’t finish. You know 1975 and gods knows no SB wins. Time to be quiet Philly .. We will appreciate your reluctant display of humility. Have a nice day.

  7. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 7, 2012 4:34 PM

    Sad to see that the Steeler’s best 4th quarter defense is keeping their garbage 4th quarter defense on the sidelines.

  8. phillyphever says: Oct 7, 2012 4:35 PM

    Next week’s the season for the Eagles. If they lose to the Lions, they better use the bye week to get Foles ready. Vick’s basically done here.

  9. turk2875 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:42 PM

    These fumbles piss me off more than anything else. Hats off to the Steelers, it was a hard fought game by both teams like it usually is when these two teams meet. But Vick’s endzone fumble was a killer, those guaranteed 3, possibly 7 points came back to bite us. Can’t win em all by 1 I guess.

  10. mungman69 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:43 PM

    Vick’s turnovers killed the Eagles. If he keeps this up the Eagles will miss the playoffs again. The Eagles D wasn’t real good but they only allowed 16 points. It would have been nice to get a takeaway or two.

  11. jimnaizeeum says: Oct 7, 2012 4:44 PM

    eaglesfan036 says:
    Both teams played well
    ———————————————————–
    You & I watched two different games…the one I saw was very sloppy, on both sides

  12. ravenator says: Oct 7, 2012 4:52 PM

    Congratulations Steelers you barely squeaked by a fatigued and offensive line-less QB in Vick, with a bye week to prepare. As usual another old and overpaid injury prone cornerstone goes down. Cant wait to watch the eventual collapse

  13. iwantrudytodressforme says: Oct 7, 2012 4:53 PM

    Ok that last paragraph is wrong. Philly is 3-2, leading division. Pittsburgh is 2-2, behind two other division rivals. Ok steelers won , but having the better record and standing means Philly is still the top team in Pa.

  14. gallaghedj311 says: Oct 7, 2012 5:08 PM

    I agree with the replacement ref comment. Thought some calls were BS. Felt (as Eagles fan) that there were a few questionable flags on the steelers. Vick can’t keep turning the ball over. I screamed for Foles once today as it was…..

  15. lrm1980 says: Oct 7, 2012 5:19 PM

    I’m getting really tired of all the turnovers. It has finally cost us a winable game. Hats off to thhe steelers. After some nick picky penalties helped the eagles get on track your team did enough to win.

  16. mmmpierogi says: Oct 7, 2012 5:44 PM

    mitchitized says: Oct 7, 2012 4:26 PM

    Hats off to an always tought Eagles team.

    Relieved for the win, sick in my stomach about Polamolu, excited that the return of Mendenhall included thenreturn of the running game.

    And Willie Colon, what else can I say? You’re good for two first downs and 30 penalty yards a game, and should be replaced as fast as freaking possible. Gah.

    ********************************************************************

    Willie Colon has seemingly always been undisciplined when it comes to drawing flags (people seem to have forgotten about this given that he’s not played much over the past couple of years), and is average at best otherwise. Between that and the injuries, I sometimes don’t know what they value in him aside from the fact that they have no better replacements available.

  17. ace8842 says: Oct 7, 2012 5:46 PM

    Steelers were given every advantage in this game. Coming off a bye, extra time to prepare. Eagles had to come off an emotional Sunday night game at home versus a division rival. Plus, Eagles have lost 3 of their 5 starting offensive lineman, and their top 2. That said, the game was there for the taking. Vick’s fumbles cost Philly the game.

  18. csilojohnson says: Oct 7, 2012 6:18 PM

    ravenator… really.. 9-6 over KC and your still trolling Steelers articles?
    You and randallflag represent ravens fans so well. I’m a Pittsburgh native thats lived in the Baltimore area for 10yrs. A very high percentage of ravens fans (definitly not all) sound very similar. All talk no facts to back it up.

  19. eaglesfan29 says: Oct 7, 2012 6:36 PM

    Everyone want to blame Vick he had two turnover in the 1st in which the steelers still didn’t score he led to two scoring drive and gave his team the chance to win. He wasn’t on D when they gave up that 3rd and 12. Either I’m proud of my eagles

  20. steelersownyou says: Oct 7, 2012 6:48 PM

    Bobzilla that final big ben drive was for you buddy! Now wake up and understand ben is the man!!! You think defense is the only reason ben ever wins. Put down your defense sign and pom poms and understand football. Cause all your posts ramble on about ben and the more you post the more our iq’s drop when we read your clueless rants!!!

  21. bigblu73 says: Oct 7, 2012 7:33 PM

    Everytime I see a “Nick Foles needs a opportunity” comment I cant help but to laugh out loud!!! Vick fumbled at 2 very innopportune times yet, he brought them back to take a fourth quarter lead!!! No one mentions his 3 other quarters of efficient and effective play!!! Although Vick took full responsibility for the loss I’d bet my bottom dollar nobody in the Eagles locker room lay all the blame at his feet!!!! If the defense had made just one good stop they could’ve still pulled out the victory!!! Its a team effort and although Vick made errors he was not the sole reason that the Eagles lost like “some of you’s” would like to paint it out to be!!!! BTW be careful of what you wish for! During the preseason I recall plenty of Redskin fans saying that they think Kirk Cousins should get more playing time because RGIII is just like Vick. Well the Redskins fans got a brief look at Cousins today and a HUGE REALITY CHECK!!!! Lol I believe the Eagles would be in for the same RUDE AWAKENING!!!!! THE GRASS ALWAYS LOOKS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE!!

  22. lovedabirds says: Oct 7, 2012 7:49 PM

    @bigblu73

    Really? Going in at the 1 for a 7-0 lead is nothing? That’s an inopportune fumble? The guy is a turn over machine.

    You think the fumble at the 1 two weeks ago at the Cards was nothing also?

    Vick defenders always find a way to turn it around then say things like “some of you’s”. Bring on Foles, there is no way he can turn the ball over more. I have had enough of giving points away!

  23. steelnucs says: Oct 7, 2012 8:00 PM

    So Troy is out again, for who knows how long….sheesh, this is becoming expected now. They need to start looking for his replacement ASAP, because Mundy can’t do the job. I only saw the 4th quarter of the game today and he was awful as usual. Taylor also was given his daily serving of being burned at least twice in the little amount I saw. If the Steelers win a lot more games this season it will be despite their D not because of it.

  24. holeinone09 says: Oct 7, 2012 10:13 PM

    Nice victory for the Steelers. Welcome back Rashard! Finally, a semblance of a running game returned! And Ben leads the team on a game winning drive from behind as time expires, great job. Timmons had a monster game, and Harrison did well after basically no playing time the entire year.

    On the downside, terrible break for Troy, not sure when that calf will be OK again, Colon had a miserable game with the penalties, and Wallace had a poor game.

    Again, a much needed victory.

  25. eaglesfan94 says: Oct 7, 2012 10:25 PM

    Good game Steelers, you earned today’s victory. Turnovers were the difference in the game. You can’t play like that and win. Time to eat some humble pie then get ready for the Lions.

  26. steelcurtainn says: Oct 7, 2012 11:01 PM

    Wheres the guys who say they cant wait to see the steelers lose to the eagles…..well didnt happen did it and the steelers arent going anywhere anytime soon. Great game by the eagles I hope they win their division.

  27. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 8, 2012 1:10 AM

    You casuals picked an odd time to rag on a defense that allowed just 14 points. The offense, meanwhile, scored the second fewest points of the weekend by a winning team.
    How about Mike Tomlin replacing Dick LeBeau with Dave Wannstedt? That ought to put a hurtin’ on Ben’s all-important, crowd-pleasing winning percentage…

  28. raventater says: Oct 8, 2012 1:14 AM

    Sloppy game on both sides. Steelers can’t execute without penalties and Vick can’t protect the ball. That being said, what stood out to me was Kurt Coleman (Philly S #42) : TOTAL BUSHLEAGUE PLAYER! First, he removes Antonio Brown’s shoe on a tackle and then throws it out of bounds?!? Who does that? Then, in the second half, he jumped on top of Pouncey’s back with both cleats. What a fool! Next to Brandon Meriweather, Coleman is the most Bushleague player in the NFL. Stop playing like a punk #42!

  29. laserw says: Oct 8, 2012 4:29 AM

    The Eagles deserve the dog killer – his lack of attention to detail in his play is just what that pathetic team deserves. The Eagles are an arrogant team for no reason. They’ve done nothing in the modern era of football except to choke when it counts.

  30. holeinone09 says: Oct 8, 2012 7:15 AM

    Now bobzilla turns to criticizing coaches since Ben took the team down the field at the end to win the game, after starting in the hole with an OL holding penalty, something bob said good QBs do a week ago. I wonder if bob even watched the game, and saw AB drop a TD pass, saw a few non-calls on defensive holding and illegal contact, etc. Ben had a wonderful game overall in bad weather, took no sacks (ie dumpted the ball off several times), ran, etc. Some people are just too blind or ignorant to be honest.

  31. mbmixer says: Oct 8, 2012 8:10 AM

    I think Troy is done, as much as I like him, you can’t play at his level for long. We need a Ray Lewis like player. What also kills me is that the Steelers can never hold on to a lead. Why is that teams like the Pats can blow out and demoralize. Our D keeps the other team in the game every week.

  32. eviladam420 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:50 AM

    Pittsburgh is the top team in PA? Hahaha. We will see how long that lasts come playoff time…the only team beating the Eagles is the Eagles themselves. Once they correct these turnover issues, the sky is the limit. Top team in PA…give me a break. Maybe top as in over the hill, but not top in terms of talent.

  33. sixlombardisinyourface says: Oct 8, 2012 11:39 AM

    @ravenator

    Congratulations Steelers you barely squeaked by a fatigued and offensive line-less QB in Vick
    —————————————
    Ravens couldn’t even get in the end zone against the Chiefs and you lost to the Eagles. Well done, Flacco shows his consistent inconsistency again.

  34. bobonmycob says: Oct 8, 2012 11:49 AM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Oct 7, 2012 4:33 PM
    I think the Philly fans can eat a nice serving of crow. Old slow, Mendenhall won’t help etc. it goes to show as usual Philly likes to talk but can’t finish. You know 1975 and gods knows no SB wins. Time to be quiet Philly .. We will appreciate your reluctant display of humility. Have a nice day.

    It was a close game not a stomping so your comment is out of line. You are a bitter lonely little man if you can’t be humble with your 2 point victory.. at home… It just goes to show how depressing and boring your life is if you live in Pittsburgh. What a shame…

  35. sixlombardisinyourface says: Oct 8, 2012 11:56 AM

    @bobzilla

    Only an imbecile would even mention the second fewest points scored in a win – get help fast idiot.

    How about
    -the holding on Wallace in the end zone that was not called,
    -or the interference on Brown in mid center field that wasn’t called or the picture perfect pass to Brown in the end zone right in his hands that he dropped
    -or the passs that Wallace dropped that could have been a burner down the left sideline for a TD
    - Cotchery tripping on his own feet cancelling an easy TD.
    - Ben’s 4th quarter comeback drive that you say he’s incapable of
    - Ben had no sacks and no picks
    - Ben ran the ball several times for a gain
    - #1 in the league in 3rd down conversions

  36. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 8, 2012 12:26 PM

    I realize that anytime Roethlisberger does anything even remotely positive, you Apologists immediately orgasm.
    – Roethlisberger’s “amazing” fourth-quarter comeback was his first since 2009. He failed do so in Super Bowl 45; at Denver in last season’s playoff loss; at Denver in this season’s opener; and this season at Oakland.
    If you Apologists are going to keep track of when he does, then you ought to man-up and keep track of when he doesn’t.
    – If you are telling me that Roethlisberger was the only QB in the league on Sunday whose receivers dropped passes and/or tripped, you would be the imbecile…
    holeinone: Do you even know who Dave Wannstedt is? I’m guessing not.

  37. mostlombardisintheleague says: Oct 8, 2012 1:02 PM

    bobzilla

    Please point to the statement telling that Pittsburgh was the only team with dropped passes ? – are you hallucinating – or just in severe denial ?

    If you insist on going to past Superbowls, you forgot to mention the pass to Santonio Holmes for a touchdown – you always seem to skip that when mentioning past performances or Superbowls – take off the blinders, jealous fool.

  38. holeinone09 says: Oct 8, 2012 3:24 PM

    Ben’s last game winning drive was 9/25/11, not 2009. Yesterday was the 25th time he had a game winning drive in the regular season.

  39. bobhughey says: Oct 9, 2012 6:25 PM

    holeinone:
    You have cited a game in which Woodley forced a fumble that Polamalu scooped up and returned for a TD with about 5 minutes to play. Earlier in that same game, a Roethlisberger fumble was returned for a TD by the Colts’ defense.

    mostlombardies:
    Most of Roethlisberger’s “miracle” comebacks have been because he’s done little to nothing for most of games. Super Bowl 43 is the perfect example.
    If I were a Roethlisberger Obsessive, I’d leave Super Bowls out of any conversation.

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