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Steelers rally back to tie Cowboys at halftime

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For the first 28 minutes or so of the first half, the Cowboys were clearly the better team in Dallas.

The Steelers were better in the final moments, though, and that was enough to send the game to halftime tied at 10. Ben Roethlisberger added to the long reel of passes made thanks to uncanny sack avoidance on a 30-yard touchdown pass to Heath Miller with 34 seconds to go in the half. It was a great play by Roethlisberger and a breakdown by the Cowboys secondary after the pass rush couldn’t complete the sack.

Up until that final Steelers drive, things were firmly in the Cowboys’ grasp. Tony Romo found mismatches — Miles Austin covered by Josh Victorian thanks to Cortez Allen’s absence and tight end James Hanna isolated on linebackers — and moved the team on three lengthy drives in the half. They only got 10 points out of them because of a fumble on inside the Steelers’ 10-yard line by DeMarco Murray and a third down incompletion to Dez Bryant.

It looked like Bryant could have caught the ball, but his injured finger might have hindered him. He caught one pass, but he did it by letting the ball hit his chest before securing it with his left hand. That approach wasn’t possible on the incompletion and the Cowboys had to settle for three.

Thanks to Roethlisberger’s big play, those missed opportunities loom large.

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11 Responses to “Steelers rally back to tie Cowboys at halftime”
  1. j0esixpack says: Dec 16, 2012 6:27 PM

    Jets fans will be dejected if their slim hopes of making the playoffs are dashed by a Steelers win.

    It’s not impossible but unlike 2008 they can’t count on a team like the Colts to pull their starters and lose on purpose to let them back into the playoffs

  2. richwizl says: Dec 16, 2012 6:50 PM

    This is one heck of a game and I don’t care who wins it!

  3. abninf says: Dec 16, 2012 6:58 PM

    I see the 22nd rated Rob Ryan defense is choking again. Predictable.

  4. abninf says: Dec 16, 2012 7:04 PM

    And I see the 31st rating team in penalties is living up to standard. I expect Dallas to be the most penalized team by the end of the game.

  5. billsboy88 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:04 PM

    Sounds like a Steeler home game on TV. Can’t believe how loud it gets when pittsburgh scores (Cheering, not booing). I just heard a definitive “D-Fense” chant while the Cowboys were on offense.

    Maybe all those seat weren’t such a great idea eh Jerry?

  6. billhicks666 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:54 PM

    I love how the Ravens are collapsing down the stretch, yet the Steelers can’t make up any ground. Absolutely pathetic, both teams.

  7. ravenator says: Dec 16, 2012 7:56 PM

    And with that Pittsburgh loss, Ravens clinch a playoff birth. Thank you for your mediocrity Steelers.

  8. steeldominance says: Dec 16, 2012 8:00 PM

    We just found out what Brown can do for you.

  9. enrifer says: Dec 16, 2012 8:11 PM

    That Romo guy is a choker in December

  10. iamtonyarmstrong says: Dec 16, 2012 8:19 PM

    Thanks Dallas!

    - signed
    The City of Baltimore and Baltimore Ravens fans, nationwide

  11. afreak2u says: Dec 16, 2012 9:06 PM

    Where was the raven fans when the steelers beat u with a back up, no balls to show when u get beat

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