Your kidding me – right?!
After watching the defense melt like a popsicle on the 4th of the July for two straight weeks, the D stepped up and put a hurt on the Chargers Sunday night, doing what they had to do to walk out of Heinz Field with a 38-28 win to put the team at 2-2 on the season.
Yet all I am hearing today is people complain.
Yes, complain about the fact a third quarter 28-0 lead at one point got to 35-28 in the fourth quarter. Complain that the Steelers didn’t do enough to “close the game out,” and that they should have never blown the big lead to the point where it got kinda tense for a few minutes.
But they won the game – didn’t they?
I’ll take an ugly win over a bad loss any day of the week. Sure I would, like most of you, have liked to have seen the team win 38-0 last night, and made the night even longer for Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense all night. Let’s also remember though the Chargers earn a paycheck as well, and every year for the past few seasons this is the very team that many “experts” pick to make it to the Super Bowl.
All the Steelers did was make the Chargers offense look like they were stuck in a snow storm for most of the night, and yes, they did get hot for awhile late, but again, the Steelers had built the lead by then, and it was enough. Then there was two fluke plays, a takeaway on a punt, and then the onside kick that Ryan Mundy botched which eventualy led to another score.
But let’s remember the only numbers that count – 38-28. The Steelers offense also outgained the Chargers 497 to 251, held them to 17 first downs to 32 for the Steelers, and 3-for-9 on third downs. Oh, and the Chargers two big name backs – Tomlinson and Sproles, ran for a combined 16 yards.
Again, let’s keep Sunday night in perspective. The team got a hard fought win they badly needed, and they did it with a statement making game against a team you know is going to be hanging around in December. Oh, and the Chargers only had the ball for 19:40 to 40:20 for the Steelers.
Give me an outing like this any day of the year, and I’ll take my chances with this team come January and maybe early February.