Pittsburgh's Depleted D Pitches Shutout

Rematch of Super Bowl XL has same result; Seahawks fall, 21-0
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Oct 7, 2007 10:58 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller, top, makes a touchdown catch in front of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant in the second quarter of the football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 7,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite injuries to Pittsburgh's strong safety and nose tackle—linchpins of its 3-4 defense—the Steelers prevailed over the Seahawks, 21-0, in an echo of Super Bowl XL. Signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger was also missing his top two receivers, yet went a creative 18-of-22, including a 13-yard touchdown strike to close buddy Heath Miller.

Former league MVP Shaun Alexander ran for an arduous 25 yards on 11 carries with a broken left hand; his opposite number, Willie Parker, started slow but recorded most of his 102 yards in the second half. Pittsburgh, now 4-1 under rookie coach Mike Tomlin, is 16-1 when Parker picks up at least 100 yards.