The Eagles defense was on a mission this afternoon to put their performance from last Monday night behind them. The Philadelphia Eagles defense pressured all game and the Steelers offensive line failed to find a way to contain the Eagles blitzing schemes. The Eagles finished the game with 9 sacks and forced Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out of the game late in the fourth quarter. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb started the game 15-for-15 and the Eagles offense seemed poised for another 30+ game.
The Steelers defense made the adjustments needed at halftime and forced three sacks, two interceptions and 1 forced fumble to keep the Steelers in the game until the final buzzer. Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense couldn‚Äôt get an rhythm going in the passing game or running game. The Steelers rushed for a total of 33 yards and were 2-for-13 on third downs. Running back Willie Parker was held to 20 yards on 13 carries. Down 15 – 6 with less than 2 minutes remaining, Byron Leftwich led a late Steelers comeback and drove the Steelers to the Eagles twenty yard line but the Steelers failed to capitalize to get within one score. The Steelers have scored 16 points in the past two games.
Eagles Defense ‚Äì 9 sacks ‚Äì 1 int ‚Äì 1 forced fumble ‚Äì safety
Donavan McNabb: 24/35ATT ‚Äì 196yds ‚Äì 1TD/1INT
Ben Roethlisberger: 13/25ATT ‚Äì 132yds ‚Äì 1INT
Hank Basket: 8 rec ‚Äì 85yds