A storm was on the horizon and the Pittsburgh Steelers where in the eye of that storm as they unleased “Hurricane Redmen” on the New York Giants to over come a 10 point deficit to beat the G-Nats 24-10. Isaac Redman ran for 147 yards, and scored the winning touchdown from a yard out with 4:02 remaining Sunday as the Pittsburgh Steelers rallied past the New York Giants for the win.
The Steelers would have to over come some early bad calls by the refs and the Giants being spotted 14 points as well as the 10 point deficit to win the game. In a span of about 2 minutes the Giants were handed a pair of TD’s after a series of bad calls starting with a 41 yard pass interferance call on Keenan Lewis inwhich he never touched the wide out and an even worse call on Ryan Clark for helmet to helmet when he clearly was not even close to hitting Cruz in his dome. Followed up by a controversial fumble by Ben Roethlisberger, that was returned by the G-Nats for a touch down, that in any other game would be a incomplete pass.
The Steelers would not give up though. They would put the game on the back of Hurricane Redmen and Big Ben and a defense who played their hearts out, to claw their way to a victory. The refs, the Giants nor the bad calls could hold down Pittsburgh as they moved to 5-3 on the season.
Overcoming unusual sloppiness, the Steelers dominated the second half. The Steelers arrived in New Jersey hours before the game, which might have accounted for their carelessness. They had the fewest giveaways in the NFL entering the game, but were neglectful with the ball and in pass coverage; cornerback Keenan Lewis had 87 yards on two pass interference penalties (the first of which should never have been called). They wasted some great kick returns, too.
It all added up to a pleasant couple of hours for locals, who packed MetLife Stadium despite the difficulties caused by a lack of power in many homes, long gas lines and, of course, severe damage throughout the region.
But when Pittsburgh came on relentlessly, the one-quarter of the 80,991 seats occupied by Terrible Towel-waving Steelers faithful could celebrate an impressive comeback victory, coach Mike Tomlin’s 60th win. This is one of the oldest rivalries in the NFL, although the teams have met only five times in 18 years. It had to feel weird for the Giants to have the ballpark rock when the visitors took charge.
In the wake of Hurricane Redmen the Giants (6-3) saw their four-game winning streak end as Eli Manning threw for only 125 yards in one of the worst games of his career. In the end it was Big Ben standing tall as the Steelers added to New Yorks misery with the win causing damage that may never see repair.
Fantasy studs/duds: Steelers running back Isaac Redman recorded career-highs in rushes (26) and yards (147) on Sunday and rushed for the game-winning touchdown. Hakeem Nicks had just one catch for 10 yards for the Giants. Eli Manning was not sharp throwing to Nicks or anyone else, going just 10-of-24 passing for 125 yards and an interception.
Injury info: Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown injured his ankle late in the first quarter and did not return. Steelers running back Chris Rainey was injured on a kickoff return in the third quarter and left the game for the locker room with an apparent rib injury.
Next team on the schedule: The Steelers return home to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football before 3 divisonal games which they will play the Ravens, Browns and then the Ravens again.
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