Thursday, December 23, 2010
Steelers-Panthers halftime notes
By James Walker
The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the Carolina Panthers, 20-0, at intermission.
Here are some notes at halftime:
- Let's start with Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers' quarterback played well in the first half, completing 16 of 23 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The score was a 43-yard toss to receiver Mike Wallace where both players read the blitz and changed to a hot route. But Roethlisberger was shaken up after a second-quarter sack. His nose was bleeding again after recently having surgery to repair it. It will be key for Pittsburgh not to suffer any major injuries in this game.
- The Steelers made it a point to get tight end Heath Miller involved. Miller, who missed the past two games with a concussion, caught two passes on the opening drive that led to a field goal. Miller led the Steelers in the first half with a team-high four receptions for 59 yards.
- Pittsburgh's kick coverage looks improved. After giving up a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last week and several big punt returns against the New York Jets, the Panthers haven't had the same success. Pittsburgh's kick coverage also forced two fumbles, one of which it recovered.
- Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham had his streak of 12 straight field goals broken with a miss at the end of the second quarter. He made two field goals in the first half and is 12-of-13 since joining Pittsburgh in Week 11.