|Steelers Set Team Record in Win Over Cardinals 32-20
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Ben Roethlisberger and
Mike Wallace set a team record for the longest touchdown pass reception
(95 yards) in Steeler history, on Sunday. The touchdown helped to
lead the Steelers to
over the Arizona Cardinals.
"You know Mike Wallace can run by you," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin
he still finds a way to do it."
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt had studied tape of Wallace
outracing one defender after another. "We knew that was coming," he
said. "We did everything we
could to work to prevent that."
"You put it out there for a guy like that, and you start smiling," Roethlisberger
said, "because you know he is not going to get caught."
Ben Roethlisberger also connected on touchdown passes to Heath Miller
and Emmanuel Sanders in the first game between the two teams since Super
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb also threw a pair of touchdown passes
but continually missed open
receivers. In the second half LaMarr Woodley's pass rush drew
an intentional grounding call on Kolb. The play resulted in a safety
since Kolb was in the Cardinals' end zone.
The Steelers improved to 5-2 and improved
to 2-2 on the road. Shaun Suisham kicked field goals of 41, 42 and
the Steelers. The big play from Roethlisberger to Wallace, cheered
on by a crowd that included a generous and boisterous bunch of Steelers
in the second quarter after an Arizona drive stalled at the Steelers
39 and Dave Zastudil's 30-yard punt pinned Pittsburgh on its 9-yard
line. A false-start penalty pushed it back to the Steelers 5.On
the next play,
Roethlisberger dropped back into the end
and lofted a pass down the sideline toward Mike Wallace, who
had beaten cornerback Richard Marshall. Wallace caught the ball in
and raced to the end zone for the score that
made it 14-0 with 8:09 left in the half.
"Their cornerback jumped outside and let me get inside," Wallace said. "The
safety was in the middle of the field, so I just threw my hand up.
A play like that kind of deflates them I would hope. I hope it takes
a lot of out them but they kept playing"
The previous longest pass play was 90 yards, first set by Terry
Bradshaw to Mark Malone against Seattle in 1981, then matched by Bubby Brister
to Dwight Stone against Denver in 1990 and Kordell Stewart to Bobby
Shaw against Baltimore in 2001.
It was the second-longest play from scrimmage in Steeler history.
Only Bobby Gage's 97-yard run against Chicago in 1949 was longer.
at halftime, Arizona cut the lead to
17-14 when Kolb threw short over
LaRod Stephens-Howling on a 73-yard
"I still don't think we are there," Roethlisberger said. "I
think we are getting closer. There are still some things we can do
to get better, but that is good. It is early in the year still, and
we need to make those improvements. We don't want to be just clicking
at 100% now. We want to be winning games and moving forward."
Beanie Wells led the Cardinals with 42 yards
on the ground before exiting the game with a sprained
wide receiver Hines Ward was carted off in the second half with an
Notes: Heath Miller caught four passes to move ahead of Franco
Harris for sixth in Steelers career receptions with 308.