8:00 PM ET, December 7, 2006
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running backs are supposed to be big and strong, rugged and durable, perfect symbols like Jerome Bettis and Franco Harris of a tough-as-it-gets franchise. Willie Parker is much different, and he finds himself in their record book because of it.
Pittsburgh running back Willie Parker set the Steelers' record for single-game rushing yards with 223 yards against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
|Willie Parker||223||12/7/06||vs. CLE|
|John Fuqua||218||12/20/70||at PHI|
|John Henry Johnson||200||10/10/64||at CLE|
|Barry Foster||190||9/13/92||vs. NYJ|
|Franco Harris||179||11/20/77||vs. DAL|
Willie Parker set a Steelers record with 223 yards rushing in a 27-7 victory over the Browns. Parker broke a mark set by Frenchy Fuqua in 1970, which had been the fourth-oldest franchise record for rushing yards in a game. The older ones are held by Steve Van Buren (205 yards for the Eagles in 1949), Jim Brown (237 yards for the Browns in 1957), and Billy Cannon (216 yards for the Oilers, now the Titans, in 1961).
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|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
|Even without their two starters, Pittsburgh's wide receivers tortured the Browns' secondary. The offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage in the run game, particularly with LG Alan Faneca pulling to his right -- a week area with LDE Orpheus Roye's injury. The Steelers took shots vertically and used a balanced run/pass attack to sustain long grueling drives. Ben Roethlisberger bought time with his feet and threw the ball crisply. Pittsburgh's defense simply dominated. Pittsburgh's three defensive line starters were just exceptional and had their way with the Browns' linemen, controlling the game. Pittsburgh wasn't flashy on either side of the ball, but owned this game from start to finish.|
The announced crowd of 55,246 was about 10,000 below Heinz Field's capacity, and there weren't nearly that many fans around even by the third quarter. ... Browns S Brian Russell sat out with an elbow injury. He had a staph infection in the same elbow earlier this season. ... The Steelers evened the series 55-55, counting playoff games, for the first time since it began in 1950. ... Pittsburgh has won four of five.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.1||7.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-0||2-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||3:26||Nate Washington, 49 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 97 yds, 4:14
|FG||9:18||Jeff Reed 23 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 15 plays, 78 yds, 5:48
|TD||5:38||Ben Roethlisberger, 2 yd run (Jeff Reed kick is good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 91 yds, 7:29
|TD||1:52||Willie Parker, 3 yd run (Jeff Reed kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 74 yds, 2:05
|FG||7:29||Jeff Reed 28 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 61 yds, 7:39
|TD||5:28||Braylon Edwards, 45 yd pass from Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 63 yds, 2:06