The Steelers lived up to the second half team they’ve pegged themselves to be in the comeback victory over the Giants. Pittsburgh overcame an unusually careless performance in the first half to take down New York, snapping the Giants’ four-game winning streak and earning head coach Mike Tomlin his 60th win.
“I can’t say enough about the efforts of the players and coaches,” said Tomlin. “Nice team win for us.”
Redman led the offense for the Steelers in his first game back after injury. Redman collected 147 yards rushing and scored the winning touchdown from the one-yard line with 4:02 left on the clock.
Both teams went scoreless in the first quarter. Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger had difficulty completing passes, and Roethlisberger got sacked during Pittsburgh’s first possession. But it was the Steelers who reached the scoreboard first off a four-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Emmanuel Sanders in the second quarter to get the first lead.
The Giants answered in their next possession with a one-yard rush to the end zone from Andre Brown.
The momentum stayed with New York after another sack on Roethlisberger, causing him to fumble the ball. The Giants recovered it and Michael Boley ran the ball 70 yards for a touchdown, taking a 14-7 lead.
Roethlisberger was sacked for the third time of the game during the Steelers next possession, but Pittsburgh managed to add more points with a field goal to end the half, making it a 14-10 game.
The Steelers held the Giants to field goals on both of New York’s possessions in the third, but they still found themselves down 10 points, 20-10, with just one quarter left to go.
A sense of urgency left Pittsburgh with no choice but to dominate the fourth quarter in order to get a win. And that’s just what they did.
Roethlisberger found Wallace out of the shotgun on a quick pass short-middle that the speedy Wallace took for 51 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers defense held the Giants to two 3-play drives of -12 and 3 yards respectively. After Redman’s touchdown and a sack on Manning on 3rd and 10 in the Giants’ last turn on offense, the game ended in favor of the Steelers.
“We’ve got big time respect for what the Giants are capable of in the fourth,” said Tomlin, “so hopefully this is a big step for us in terms of trying to be the football team we desire to be.”