2008 Steelers 6 at Eagles 15
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10-13-2017, 11:27 AM

2008 Steelers 6 at Eagles 15

In all my years of watching Steelers football, I can't ever recall seeing a Steeler QB take a worse beating than Roethlisberger takes in this game. Big Ben is sacked 8 times (Leftwich is sacked once, too), is knocked down at least a dozen more times and is forced to run for his life on nearly every snap. The offensive line serves as little more than a turnstile for Eagle defenders seemingly coming from everywhere, giving up one jailbreak after another while also being called repeatedly for false starts. Roethlisberger, who comes into the game suffering from a separated right shoulder, fumbles twice, is pressured into a safety on a BAD intentional grounding call in the end zone, and throws an interception, finally leaving the game late in the 4th after his throwing hand is stepped on. Willie Parker manages just 20 yds on 13 carries and the entire rushing output for Pittsburgh is 33 yds. Despite their offensive woes, the Steeler defense plays extremely well and keeps Pittsburgh in the game until the final minutes. Troy Polamalu and Bryant McFadden each have interceptions, McFadden recovers a fumble, the Eagles manage only 65 yds rushing and McNabb is sacked 3 times. 
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10-28-2018, 12:11 AM

Totally agree about the beating part, cant really remember another game as bad as this one and honestly can't believe they even went to the playoffs, let alone won the Super Bowl, in the same year this game was played.
This was without question one of the worst played Steeler games I can remember.
And as you said, the only reason it wasn't a total embarrassment was because the defense played so well.
The Bruce Arians offenses put up huge numbers for all the skill position players in it but it was a fundamentally flawed offense and this game was proof of it.
The O-Line played like a bunch of high-schoolers.
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10-28-2018, 12:38 AM

Some games you can literally trace back to one play where the wheels come off play and this was exactly the case at the 22 minute mark on 3rd and 4 when Roethlisberger fumbles the snap.
The offense was actually playing very well right up to that play and then they just fell apart.
It was almost if the light went on for Jim Johnson, the Eagles DC, that pressure was the key to killing the head of the Steelers offense.
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10-28-2018, 12:46 AM

Another disaster play, first play of the 4th quarter, 3rd down, the Eagles load the box on defense acting like they're blitzing everyone, Willie Colon picks up DT/DE inside pre-snap, ball is snapped and the DE wide blitzes, Colon is waaaay late getting outside and Howard just blows right past Colon for the sack on #7.
Colon actually had to lunge out and hold Howard to keep him from killing Roethlisberger.
Just a total greasefire.
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10-29-2018, 03:28 AM

Yes, definitely the ugliest game of the 2008 season. They kinda picked up where they left off the following week, falling behind 13-3 to Baltimore before, to your point, the game completely turns on two plays: the Santonio Holmes bounce-away TD catch and a few seconds later, the Harrison forced fumble (Flacco) and Woodley's scoop-and-score.
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11-01-2018, 10:57 AM

(10-29-2018, 03:28 AM)mcmillenandwife Wrote: Yes, definitely the ugliest game of the 2008 season. They kinda picked up where they left off the following week, falling behind 13-3 to Baltimore before, to your point, the game completely turns on two plays: the Santonio Holmes bounce-away TD catch and a few seconds later, the Harrison forced fumble (Flacco) and Woodley's scoop-and-score.

Yeah, that was an outstanding game too.
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