Pittsburgh 23 Denver 29, OT
There are plenty of reasons the Steelers fell to the Denver Broncos. Take your pick.
The usually dependable defense gave up 447 yards to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos offense, including the 80-yard game-winner in overtime. Tebow, who was not sacked, had 316 passing yards and 50 rushing yards. I can’t say I’m the biggest Tebow supporter, but he deserves the credit for playing one hell of the game and making the Steelers defense look downright foolish.
The offense decided to take the second half off, which is not ideal as the defense also decided to skip the second quarter as well. Things like dropped passes, missed opportunities, poor clock management, and settling for field goals instead of touchdowns tend to be magnified in losses like these.
I have to give the offense credit. The Broncos had all the momentum and a 20-6 lead. The game seemed over at halftime, with no hope of a comeback. Ben Roethlisberger and Isaac Redman brought the Steelers back from the dead, but it was perhaps too little too late.
Now it’s time to gear up for the long offseason. At least the Steelers didn’t lose to the Ravens.