Pittsburgh Steelers Defeat Eagles in 16-14 Showdown

Any fan that walked into Heinz Field yesterday afternoon knew one thing — this game mattered. Facing a must-win scenario and a team still flying high after slaying their bitter rival, the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers knew they would have a challenge ahead of them in the Philadelphia Eagles. And as it turns out, they were right. After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers drew first blood courtesy of a 13 yard run by Rashard Mendenhall (fresh off the injured list) in the second. Shaun Suisham soon added a field goal to give the Steelers a 10-0 lead. But Michael Vick and the Eagles answered back in the third quarter. Another touchdown for the Eagles couldn’t match a pair of field goals from Suisham, giving him a total of three on the day, and the Eagles said goodbye to their strong 3-1 start.

But the uneasiness that Pittsburgh Steelers tickets seemed stamped with on Sunday didn’t altogether evaporate following the crucial win. With the final points coming off a nearly last-second field goal by Suisham, the Steelers still have vast improvements they can make to improve on their now 2-2 record. On the other hand, the Steelers defense looked tight on Sunday, forcing three fumbles in the first two quarters, something they haven’t managed to do since November 2010. In the meantime, the scoreless first quarter for the Eagles was the second the team has faced this season, and both resulted in losses.

Another aspect of the Steelers game that looks ready to get back to dominating is their running game, courtesy Rashard Mendenhall. After the game, Ben Roethlisberger had choice words to describe Mendenhall’s return — “Our savior is back.” Mendenhall, Roethlisberger, and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping that there are still some miracles left for their next game against Tennessee Titans at LP Field on Thursday, October 11th.