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Instant Replay (Steelers 24, Giants 20)


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

* OK, now who is your running back?

Isaac Redman one-upped Jonathan Dwyer, who had successive 100-yard games, with a hard-running 26 carry, 147-yard, one touchdown game against the Giants.

He was easily the difference in the game.

So, let’s say Dwyer, Redman and Rashard Mendenhall are all healthy next week. Who do you start?

Well, I think the right answer is that it doesn’t matter because as long as that offensive line keeps moving people out of the way like they have the past three games, it really doesn’t matter who is carrying the ball.

I truly believe that.

However, to be on record … I still say Mendenhall.

* You have to give the Steelers a ton of credit of fighting through not only the adversity of their travel day, but the officiating.

A lot of times teams can’t overcome big-time call going against them in a game of the magnitude of playing the defending champs.

But they did and did well.

* I say the Ben Roethlisberger fumble call was the most damaging missed call by Bill Leavy and Co., but the helmet-to-helmet hit called on Ryan Clark in the end zone was just as bad.

* Mike Tomlin fessed up and called it bad coaching when he called for a fake field goal in a three-point fourth-quarter game. Good, because it was bad coaching. Maybe some of the worst coaching I have ever witnessed.

I am sure people will say that it would’ve been a great call if Shaun Suisham would’ve scored. Ah, no. It is still a terrible call.

If you are so sure you want to go for it on a fourth-and-1 from the 3-yard line, maybe allow your 230-pound running back Isaac Redman to plow through the center of the offensive line like he had been all day.

Just a thought.

* Todd Haley with another masterful game himself.

This is what Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after the game: “They surprised me with some of the runs they called in situations you would expect them to be aggressive and throw the ball.”

That says it all, doesn’t it?

* And another thing, do teams really try to block a 20-yard field goal from the edges? Crazy all around.

* Emmanuel Sanders had one of heck a game, and I am talking about his touchdown catch, his 63-yard punt return and his kickoff coverage. The guy was everywhere.

* Ho-hum, another eight tackles for Ryan Clark.

* It may be just me, buy Jerricho Cotchery needs to get on the field more often. I know … where?

* It is nice to know that the Steelers don’t have to rely totally on Roethlisberger to win a game.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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