1:00 PM ET, November 9, 2003
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- For the first time in seven weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers know what it's like to win. They said it won't make much difference unless they win the next seven weeks, too.Tommy Maddox threw three touchdown passes, two to Hines Ward barely a minute apart in a 21-point third quarter, and the Steelers ended their five-game losing streak and Arizona's two-game winning streak with a 28-15 victory Sunday.
Jeff Blake seems to be the a quick fix to get them over the hump until they find someone who can be their future. Blake's veteran leadership combined with running back Marcel Shipp's great play will keep this team competive. But if they get an opportunity to get a quarterback next year, they'll probably take it.
Question on the Steelers: How bad did the Steelers need a breakout game like this?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
The Cardinals played in Pittsburgh for the first time in 20 years. They are 0-2 there since 1969. ... Arizona has scored only 59 points while going 0-4 on the road. ... The Steelers have allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season, Kansas City's Priest Holmes. ... Randle El also had an 84-yard punt return touchdown two weeks ago against St. Louis. ... The Steelers hadn't won since beating Cincinnati 17-10 on Sept. 21.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.0||4.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||9:01||CHRIS DOERING 9 YD PASS FROM TOMMY MADDOX (JEFF REED KICK) |
Drive: 12 plays, 83 yds, 6:32
|FG||14:49||TIM DUNCAN 20 YD |
Drive: 7 plays, 15 yds, 1:39
|TD||1:44||HINES WARD 5 YD PASS FROM TOMMY MADDOX (JEFF REED KICK) |
Drive: 2 plays, 27 yds, :13
|TD||2:51||HINES WARD 22 YD PASS FROM TOMMY MADDOX (JEFF REED KICK) |
Drive: 1 plays, 22 yds, :06
|TD||8:27||ANTWAAN RANDLE EL 52 YD PUNT RETURN (JEFF REED KICK)||3||28|
|TD||12:31||ANQUAN BOLDIN 11 YD PASS FROM JEFF BLAKE (PAT FAILED) |
Drive: 7 plays, 79 yds, 4:04
|TD||14:43||BRYANT JOHNSON 54 YD PASS FROM JEFF BLAKE (TWO-POINT CONVERSION FAILED) |
Drive: 6 plays, 82 yds, 1:25