Steelers Win Pyrrhic Victory

Beat Rams, but Parker breaks leg
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2007 6:18 AM CST
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and running back Najeh Davenport, left, celebrate after Davenport scored on a short pass during the second quarter of an NFL football game against...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Steelers earned their tenth victory of the season, beating St. Louis 41-24, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The victory, which will ensure Pittsburgh a place in the playoffs with a Brown loss on Sunday, came at a heavy cost, as league leading rusher Willie Parker suffered a broken leg on only the second play from scrimmage.

Despite the blow, backup running back Najeh Davenport dominated on the ground for 123 yards, and was the first to post more than 100 against St. Louis all season. QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns against a sluggish Ram defense. The vaunted Steelers' D was not much better at times, as Steve Jackson ran for 85 yards and Marc Bulger had three TD passes.