NFL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Arizona|
(Sunday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 32, Arizona 20
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ben Roethlisberger threw for 361 yards and
three touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers rolled to a 32-20 decision over
the Arizona Cardinals.
Roethlisberger completed 26-of-39 pass attempts, including a 95-yard touchdown
to Mike Wallace.
Wallace caught three passes for 118 yards and Antonio Brown added seven grabs
for 102 yards for the Steelers (5-2), winners of three straight.
Kevin Kolb went 18-for-34 through the air for 272 yards, two touchdowns and an
interception in the Cardinals' fifth consecutive loss.
"It came a lot smoother to me today. Obviously a couple throws I would like to
have back," Kolb said. "I'll point [at me] first and move forward."
Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 78 yards, while LaRod Stephens-Howling
racked up 76 yards and a score on two catches for Arizona (1-5).
Kolb was intercepted by Ryan Clark inside Arizona territory on the fourth play
of the game and the Steelers used the favorable field position to take the
A 16-yard catch by Brown moved the ball into the Cardinals' red zone before
Roethlisberger found Heath Miller for a 12-yard touchdown less than five
minutes into the opening quarter.
Each team then traded punts until the Steelers took over on offense at their
own nine halfway through the second quarter. A false start penalty moved them
back to the five, but Wallace hauled in a pass deep down the right sideline
on the first play and outran two defenders on his way into the end zone for a
It was the longest touchdown pass in Steelers history.
Arizona answered with a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive to make it a 14-7 game.
After driving into Pittsburgh territory, an illegal contact penalty on the
Steelers on an incomplete pass on third down kept the drive alive. A defensive
holding penalty on another Kolb incomplete pass on third down kept the ball in
the Cardinals' hands and Alfonso Smith capped the drive with a one-yard run
into the end zone.
Shaun Suisham's 41-yard field goal as time expired gave Pittsburgh a 17-7 lead
at the half.
Pittsburgh was forced to punt on its first possession of the second half and
Arizona quickly made it a three-point game when Kolb hit Stephens-Howling on a
short pass across the middle and the running back raced 73 yards down the
right sideline for a touchdown.
But the Steelers marched right down the field to cushion their lead again.
Miller hauled in a 17-yard catch to move Pittsburgh across midfield and
Brown's one-handed grab at the sideline netted 13 yards before Roethlisberger
hit Emmanuel Sanders in the back of the end zone for a four-yard touchdown.
Kolb's intentional grounding penalty in his own end zone gave the Steelers a
safety, and Suisham's 42-yard field goal on the ensuing drive put Pittsburgh
ahead 29-14 with 11:25 left in the game.
After Suisham split the uprights from 39 yards out, Arizona worked its way 71
yards down the field in 11 plays, resulting in Early Doucet's two-yard TD
catch. Kolb's throw on the two-point conversion was too high and it sailed out
of the end zone to make it a 32-20 game with just under four minutes
Arizona opted not to try an onside kick and Pittsburgh was able to run out the
remainder of the clock to lock up the game.
"I liked our efforts in all three phases. We made the necessary plays,"
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. "We're just pleased to come into a venue
like this and get a [win]."
Wallace has gained more than 100 yards receiving in seven of his last 10
games...Roethlisberger improved to 21-6 against NFC opponents...Steelers wide
receiver Hines Ward caught three passes for 21 yards. He is 40 receiving yards
shy of becoming the 19th player all-time to reach 12,000...Pittsburgh leads
the all-time series between the teams 32-23-3.
10/23 22:21:51 ET