By: Clarissa Beckles
The season’s opening game for the Steelers against the Broncos did not go as expected for most. Previously, I discussed the possibility of winning leaning more towards Pittsburgh, but Sunday night’s game proved otherwise, as Peyton Manning experienced his first win with the Denver Broncos, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19.
Last season, the Steelers’ season ended in Denver, and this season that’s where they lost their first game. They just didn’t want to win the way that Denver did. They didn’t have that drive that I usually see. The first quarter started out slow; nobody scored until the second quarter when Shaun Suisham kicked a 21-yard field goal to put three on the scoreboard. Answering back, the Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno scored the first touchdown of the game, while also tacking on that extra point and putting the Denver Broncos in the lead.
With about five minutes left in the 2nd quarter, Ben Roethlisberger completed a pass to Heath Miller for a Touchdown. Suisham then kicked for the extra point, putting the game at 10-7, with the Steelers back in the lead. I’d say Suisham had a huge impact on this game, as he kicked again for a good 35-yard field goal, putting Pittsburgh up 13-7. But not for long: with only 5:50 left in the 3rd quarter, Manning completed a pass to Demaryius Thomas, who ran 71 yards for the touchdown. Man, that boy can run! The only thing that comes to my mind is a flashback from last season’s game, and how fast that overtime was for Pittsburgh. But I digress, as Matt Prater came onto the field and kicked the extra point, making it 14-13, with Denver fighting its way back to the lead.
The final quarter was riveting, leaving me at the edge of my seat, and figuring that at this point, anybody could win. But like I previously stated, Pittsburgh just wasn’t playing their best. They were lacking in a lot of areas that they usually dominate, and I was a little surprised that Denver stepping up so hard. Big Ben completed a pass to Mike Wallace for an easy 3-yard Touchdown with 5:24 left in the game. They then attempted a 2-point conversion, which failed. I don’t really know what they were thinking, but if I had a say I would have just tried for the extra point.
There were a few more winning drives after that, but nothing could have saved the Pittsburgh Steelers by that point. Simply put, the Broncos outplayed the Steelers, which led to their first victory of the season. With Peyton doing so well for the Broncos, I’m sure I’ll be keeping an eye on him this season. As will many others, with some even speculating on a trip to the Super Bowl for Denver. Too soon to decide? I guess we’re going to find out.