Sunday, December 27, 2009
Ravens, Steelers halftime notes
By James Walker
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers lead the Baltimore Ravens, 20-10, at intermission.
Here are some halftime notes and observations:
- Pittsburgh's drive at the end of the half was huge. Deep in its own territory, Steelers rookie Mike Wallace caught a deep pass for 49 yards over Ravens cornerback Frank Walker on third down. It led to a 94-yard drive that gave Pittsburgh a 10-point lead. Drives like that could determine the outcome of this game.
- Baltimore's pass rush has been impressive. The Ravens have sacks from three different players in the first half. Linebacker Antwan Barnes and defensive linemen Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg all notched sacks for the Ravens.
- Despite the score, this game is off to a sloppy start. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw a pick in the first quarter that led to an early field goal, and fumbles on back-to-back plays made up the three turnovers. The Ravens also got a big pass interference call on cornerback Chris Carr that set up Pittsburgh's first touchdown.
- The Steelers reached several individual milestones. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went over 4,000 yards for the season, tailback Rashard Mendenhall reached 1,000 yards rushing and returner Stefan Logan set a single-season franchise mark for kickoff return yards. He had a big return for 49 yards in the first quarter.