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Four downs from the third quarter vs. Pittsburgh

By Pat McManamon Published: September 9, 2007

Score: Pittsburgh 31, Cleveland 7.

First down -- Could the Steelers first drive of the second half been any easier. Eight plays, 71 yards, touchdown and a 24-0 lead. If it's not game over it's game as close as it possibly can be to being over.
Second down -- The Steelers really didn't do much in the first half on offense. Two short fields and one big play gave them two touchdowns. You can imagine them at halftime being angry, and talking about playing better in the second half. So they start with a touchdown. This, after all, is what professional teams do.
Third down -- Lo and behold Derek Anderson finds Kellen Winslow a few times and the Browns drive for a touchdown. It was a good drive. Too bad it came when the Browns were down 24-0. Then again, force a punt and score again ...
Fourth down -- Then again, when the Browns just miss sacking Ben Roethlisberger on a third down and Najeh Davenport spins in and out of five tacklers to get the first down, you just get the feeling it is not the Browns day. Again. On the next play Roethlisberger throws his fourth touchdown pass, Sean Jones whiffs and Pittsburgh leads 31-7. Is there a 10-run rule in football?


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