Pre-S 08: Steelers kick away the Vikings

The Pittsburgh Steelers went to the central time zone to play and then eventually beat the Minnesota Vikings.

As a Steelers fan, I was hoping that Pittsburgh would prevail. From the middle of the third quarter on, though, I was under the impression that I would be titling this post “Vikings longship the Steelers.” Minnesota was quarterbacked by Gus Frerotte and John Booty. Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich led Pittsburgh. The Vikings scored first with a touchdown in the second quarter with a catch by running back Adrian Peterson. The Steelers wouldn’t have anything to show offensively until cornerback Ike Taylor intercepted a Frerotte pass meant for Vikings wide receiver Bobby Wade a few minutes later. Taylor’s steal, however, ended in a field goal rather than a TD. Both teams would increase their score with field goals in the third quarter. Minnesota would remain at ten points for the rest of the game. Pittsburgh would pick up two more field goals in the fourth quarter. The second one occurred with nine seconds left on the clock and gave them the win, thanks to Jeff Reed’s leg.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. CBS televised the game; the 1st and Ten line looked orange instead of yellow.

2. Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte is eight months older than Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

3. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf provided commentary. At one point Dierdorf mentioned to Gumbel that Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau looks amazing for his age: nearly seventy-one. Indeed, he looks great. LeBeau is six years older than Mick Jagger.

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