Wrap-up: Steelers 23, Dolphins 22

October, 24, 2010
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Here are some thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers' 23-22 controversial win against the Miami Dolphins:

What it means: The Steelers, albeit in very controversial fashion, improved to 5-1. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fumbled the ball late in the fourth quarter, and the mad scramble was so muddled that officials couldn't determine who recovered it. That gave possession back to the Steelers, who kicked the game-winning field goal on the next play. There are various ways to win a game, but that's a first to my knowledge. Either way, the Steelers were happy to escape with the victory.

What I liked: Pittsburgh veteran receiver Hines Ward came up big with a season-high seven catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. Ward has been missing from the offense during Roethlisberger's suspension, but the pair are getting back in synch quickly. Roethlisberger overall threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns. He had an impressive passer rating of 132.0.

What I didn't like: Pittsburgh's ball security was shaky -- not only on Roethlisberger's controversial play in the fourth quarter but throughout the game. The Steelers fumbled four times, losing only two, and that's not a good habit they want to develop on the road. Pittsburgh also suffered a pair of key injuries to Aaron Smith (triceps) and LaMarr Woodley (hamstring), which could hurt the defense.

What's next: The Steelers will continue their string of three straight road games next week against the New Orleans Saints. It is a high-profile battle of the past two Super Bowl champions and will be a prime-time matchup Sunday night. The AFC North blog will be in New Orleans next week to cover that game.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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