Steelers Pound Seahawks 24-0

Sunday, September 18, 2011
By Ed Bouchette , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was slow to get up after being hit in the knees by a Seahawks defender.

The Steelers rebounded nicely from their opening-day jitters in Baltimore by crushing the Seattle Seahawks 24-0 today at Heinz Field.

The Steelers scored three times in the first half and once in the third quarter.

Ben Roethlisberger threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace in the third quarter as the Steelers ran out to a 24-0 lead after leading 17-0 at halftime.

Several big plays led to that lone score of the third quarter. Antonio Brown caught passes of 14 and 18 yards, Hines Ward caught a toe-tapping 15-yard pass on third down along the sideline and Wallace turned a short pass into a 17-yard gain.

The Steelers missed another score when Troy Polamalu jumped in front of a Tarvaris Jackson pass with nothing but air between him at the Seattle 18 and the end zone but Polamalu dropped it.

The Steelers escaped a short scare in the second quarter when Roethlisberger dropped to the ground after he was hit in the knee by defensive end Raheem Brock.

Roethlisberger walked gingerly off the field but returned after missing just two plays.

Isaac Redman scored on a 20-yard run and Shaun Suisham kicked a 20-yard field goal for the only points of the second quarter.

In the first half, the Steelers failed to score after a first down at the one, and settled for a field goal after a first down at the two. Daniel Sepulveda did not punt in the first half as Steelers’ four drives ended in either scores or at the Seattle one.

Rashard Mendenhall scored in the first quarter on a 1-yard run.

Their first drive ended at Seattle’s one after they arrived there on a 39-yard pass interference penalty in the end zone. A run by Mendenhall got nothing, Roethlisberger was sacked on second down for a seven-yard loss, he picked up seven on a scramble and, on fourth down, Mendenhall was stopped short again.

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