I think I remember when watching football was a somewhat relaxing experience. Yes, I think I can recall when watching the Steelers brought out that “playful” competitive edge that most fans have inside of them.
Well I’ve got news for you, that was years ago. That was way before I really started paying attention to (and writing about and obsessing about) every single intricate detail of the game. Now I’m just a crazed maniac who is physically incapable of sitting still for more than two plays at a time…screaming at my television and making anyone who happens to be watching with me (sorry guy) probably question what the heck they put in the water up in PA to make Pittsburgh-born Steeler fans such as myself so passionate (crazy).
I think it’s safe to say that Steeler Nation had a rough night spent entirely on the edge of their seats. The entire vibe came as a huge surprise by the way. Straight into overtime, it was a ridiculously close game against the Chiefs in Heinz Field on Monday night. Too close, considering KC was 1-7 going into the game. Not to mention the Chiefs pulled off the first TD of the game AND their first lead of their ENTIRE season. This offended me…obviously. So embarrassing for Pittsburgh.
Added to the tension was the injury of yet another starting QB with Ben Roethlisberger. After a weekend that was eerily laden with QB injuries, this one was most certainly not welcomed either. Roethlisberger left the field with what is being reported as a sprained shoulder, after being slammed to the turf by a few ruthless KC linebackers in the third quarter. In true Coach Tomlin manner, he would not speculate on Roethlisberger’s status, but it’s pretty safe to assume that backup Byron Leftwich is going to have a lot on his plate in the upcoming days as the Steelers welcome (or should I say unwelcome) those dirty bird Ravens (7-2) next week.
I’m certain you could hear the crowd cringe as Big Ben hit the turf, but luckily that cringe was soon overpowered by a huge play that saved the game for Pittsburgh. Lawrence Timmons intercepted Matt Cassel on what was the second snap of the extra session and Shaun Suisham hit a solid 23-yard field goal just one play later.
In the end Pittsburgh pulled off the win 16-13, making it their 15th consecutive victory at home. With Roethlisberger in limbo and the usual crew of players still out recovering from injuries, fans can only find reassurance that a win is a win, no matter how ugly.
Now, let’s just hope that the only ugly thing next week brings will be those horrid Ravens uniforms. Fingers crossed.
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