8:00 PM ET, December 20, 2007
Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO
Bulger has 105 touchdown passes, pulling out of a tie for fourth with Kurt Warner for fourth on the Rams' career list. ... Hines Ward had six catches for 59 yards, passing John Stallworth for the Steelers' career lead in yards receiving. He has 8,741, 18 more than Stallworth. ... The Steelers are 15-2 against NFC opponents dating to 2003. This was their first game in St. Louis since 1979. ... The Rams have been outscored 130-40 in the fourth quarter.
Although the defense and kickoff coverage teams had their problems, the Steelers' offense made it look extremely easy Thursday night -- even without Willie Parker. The Rams got to Ben Roethlisberger with some regularity and were tough against the run early, but St. Louis couldn’t slow down the pass and allowed far too many explosive plays. Pittsburgh moved the ball in large chunks. The Steelers' running game came around, as the defense simply was pushed around and worn down as the game progressed. However, although the stats say differently, the Steelers' defense has proved to be anything but the league's No. 1 unit. Marc Bulger threw deadly accurate passes on rhythm and was outstanding in his own right. Steven Jackson showed rare acceleration and versatility while punishing Pittsburgh's defense in many ways. But in the end, the Rams were just overmatched.
-- Matt Williamson , Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.9||5.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||10:52||Nate Washington 17 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||7||0|
|TD||07:14||Steven Jackson 12 Yd Pass From Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins Kick)||7||7|
|FG||14:57||Jeff Reed 21 Yd||10||7|
|TD||13:20||Isaac Bruce 12 Yd Pass From Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins Kick)||10||14|
|TD||10:39||Nate Washington 33 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||17||14|
|TD||01:57||Najeh Davenport 12 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||24||14|
|FG||01:01||Jeff Wilkins 52 Yd||24||17|
|TD||09:22||Najeh Davenport 1 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||31||17|
|TD||03:00||Drew Bennett 23 Yd Pass From Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins Kick)||31||24|
|FG||04:38||Jeff Reed 29 Yd||34||24|
|TD||03:46||Ike Taylor 51 Yd Interception Return (Jeff Reed Kick)||41||24|