Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Game 2 vs. Seahawks
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For the second consecutive game, the third-year receiver finished with a team-high eight catches for 126 yards and a touchdown -- his fifth consecutive 100-yard receiving game. And he continues to do it with a lot of quick slants and sidelines routes designed to get him the ball underneath the coverage. But Wallace also drew a pass interference call on a deep pass in the end zone and caught a 53-yarder from Ben Roethlisberger. "I haven't heard Coach call me a one-trick pony anymore," Wallace said.
X's AND O's
No drive better epitomized Roethlisberger's performance than the one in the second quarter when he completed 7 of 7 passes for 77 yards, capped by a 2-yard lob to Wallace for a TD on second down. Curiously, the play was a run with a pass option, and Roethlisberger opted for the latter when he saw Wallace in coverage against CB Brandon Browner. "That's an audible without audibling," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. "He has the ability to do that."
A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:
1. COMEBACK DRIVE: On a day for bounce-backs, one of the biggest was by RB Rashard Mendenhall after he was stopped twice for no yards on a failed goal-line attempt on the opening drive. On the next possession, Mendenhall carried five times for 33 yards, including an 11-yard run on first down, and capped the drive with a 1-yard run to give the Steelers a 7-0 lead. "What you saw today, that's who we are," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "We wanted to set the tempo, not match theirs."
2. OPPS ... ALMOST: On second-and-5 from the Seahawks 48, Rothlisberger's pass for Ward was nearly intercepted by LB Aaron Curry. Four plays later, RB Isaac Redman scored on a 20-yard run, cutting inside Seattle S Kam Chancellor, to make it 14-0.
3. DANCING WITH THE SIDELINE: Hines Ward finished with four catches for 33 yards, but his longest was also his best -- a 15-yarder in which he toed the sideline and stretched to catch the ball for a first down. Three plays later, Wallace's 2-yard TD catch made it 24-0.
4. FROM SEVEN TO ZERO: The Steelers and Seahawks did not commit a turnover, despite several near-misses. One was by S Troy Polamalu, who read a pass for TE Anthony McCoy and dropped what could have been an interception return for TD in the third quarter.
5. SACKS IN BUNCHES: The Steelers sacked QB Tarvaris Jackson five times, three on one series in the fourth quarter. The biggest was by James Harrison on fourth-and-8 at the Steelers 31. "It wasn't about trying to do too much," he said. "It was about trying to do our job."
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
That is the amount of catches CB Ike Taylor has allowed in two games. He didn't follow a specific receiver like he did with Lee Evans against Baltimore last week, but the only catch he allowed against the Seahawks was a 9-yarder by Mike Williams in the third quarter. "I'm mad at myself for that," Taylor said.
WHAT WAS HE THINKING?
After his offense committed seven turnovers -- six in the second half---- in Baltimore, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was looking to set a better tempo against the Seahawks. It didn't start that way after a goal-line stop on the first series, but the pace also included a switch to the no-huddle offense when it was first-and-25 at the Seattle 42. Roethlisberger completed the next four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. "That was nice," Arians said
"You got to let it go. You want to keep it in the back of your mind, but you don't ever want to forget how you played, how you performed, what the other team did to you. But you got to focus on the next week and go out and play better. Don't think about it too much because there's nothing you can do about it till the next time you see them."
-- ILB James Farrior on bouncing back from Baltimore
NEXT SUNDAY'S OPPONENT
AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 8:20 P.M. SUNDAY: The Steelers (1-1) face the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts (0-2) at Lucas Oil Stadium -- their first game in Indianapolis since their 21-18 playoff win.
First Published September 19, 2011 12:00 am