it was a bit of a nail-biter, but the steelers went down to georgia and got out with not only with a win, but with a winning record. most importantly, they got themselves one step closer to a playoff berth, which they could lock up with a win against the chiefs next week. if that happens, it would set up a week-17 matchup against the bengals that would decide the winner of the afc north.
but i'm getting ahead of myself.
first, let us say thank you to big play willie gay, who returned an interception for his third pick-six of the season. that's the same willie gay that used to be everyone's whipping boy in the steelers secondary. he's now your number one corner, whether ike is playing or not. and that particular pick six yesterday was critical. the steelers were showing both an ability to move the ball against the falcons defense, and to then trip over their own feet in the red zone. the first quarter was all steelers, but they only had two field goals to show for it.
then big play willie gay sniffs out the matt ryan pass and takes it to the house, changing the course of that game.
of course the killer b's showed up, too. ben set records. bell set records. brown set records. we were hoping that heath has a middle name that starts with a b, but unfortunately he doesn't (heath IS his middle name - his first name is earl). still, a great game by heath when the steelers just couldn't get the running game going. and when the steelers needed to finish the game by owning the clock, they did what they had to do, and gave themselves their first winning record in three years.
now onto the chiefs. here we go, steelers!