Goes to: RB Rashard Mendenhall
In his first game back since having anterior cruciate ligament surgery in January, Mendenhall gave a much-needed boost and brought explosion to a struggling running game by rushing for 81 yards and averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He also helped the Steelers register a season-high 136 yards and average 4.4 yards on the ground. Mendenhall never had a negative run in 14 carries and scored on a 13-yard run after taking a lateral pass from Ben Roethlisberger. "He definitely makes a huge, huge difference," said receiver Emmanuel Sanders. "He's our home-run hitter. He's definitely a playmaker and it's good to have him back."
A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:
1. FOURTH IS A CHARM: After failing the previous three times with a chance to win the game, Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a 14-play, 64-yard drive that resulted in Shaun Suisham's winning field goal as time expired. But, the drive actually had to cover 74 yards because the Steelers were pushed back to the 10 after a holding call on guard Willie Colon on the first play. "I pride myself, and we pride ourselves on offense, if we get the ball, whether we are up, down or tied, we want to go down and win the game," Roethlisberger said.
2. BIG CATCH: Antonio Brown had a team-high seven catches, but he atoned for a dropped pass in the end zone with a big 20-yard catch on third-and-12 that kept alive the winning field-goal drive. Roethlisberger said he remembered Brown being open on a similar play in the first half. "Ben made a great throw and I just sat in the zone," Brown said.
3. BIG KICK: Shaun Suisham hasn't missed a field goal in eight attempts this season and he remained perfect with his winning 34-yarder as time expired. "It's a sickness," said Suisham, who has five career game-winning field goals, three with the Steelers. "You can't get that kind of feeling doing anything else."
4. BIG PLAY: The defense didn't allow the Eagles a play longer than 24 yards, but it was a big one -- a pass from Michael Vick to wide receiver DeSean Jackson in front of cornerback Ike Taylor to the Steelers 10, setting up the go-ahead touchdown.
5. BIG TURNOVER: The Steelers botched several touchdown chances with a dropped pass, wrong cut and a tripped-up receiver, all on the same drive. But Mike Vick cost the Eagles a score when he fumbled at the goal line after a hit from Ryan Clark, one of 11 turnovers he has committed this season
"I'm out there fighting like a dog. I'm never going to make excuses. All those holding penalties are on me and I take full responsibility. My job is to help run [the ball] better and pass block. I'm frustrated, but I got to get better."Steelers