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It was a roller coaster of emotions for Steelers’ fans all game, especially in the second half
Let’s get to Week 5, after the Steelers’ Week 4 victory in Nashville (okay, so it didn’t actually get to happen, but in my mind the Steelers played that game and won and since they are still undefeated I think I am allowed to have those thoughts). The Steelers welcome that green team from the opposite side of the state. Pittsburgh is known for steel, Iron City Beer and Lombardi’s. What is Philadelphia known for: Steak sandwiches, a bell with a crack down the side of it, and a jail house in the stadium. The best thing the city of Philadelphia can say is “Hey, at least we aren’t Baltimore”. Okay, enough of this, let’s get to the game.
A simple reminder, a knee jerk reaction is an immediate and unthinking, emotional reaction. It’s basically shooting first and apologizing later (forget that, I apologize for none of my emotion). I can safely say that’s a true definition of your’s truly and a good lot of Steelers’ Nation. Here’s my real-time (and possibly a little bit of my son Kyle’s) reactions during the Steelers’ effort to remain undefeated on the season.
- Steelers kicking off again so they will start on defense.
- Big third down here on the opening drive, I hope the Steelers don’t play soft zone.
- Watt!!!!!! The sack streak continues.
- The Steelers first rushing play goes to Anthony McFarland Jr.
- Matt Filer did not hold a good pocket on that play.
- The streak of not scoring a touchdown on the opening drive continues.
- Defense holds for their second three and out.
- I was questioning why Ray-Ray McCloud wasn’t returning punts. Now Diontae Johnson appears to be shaken up.
- Steelers have a nice little drive going here. Please don’t screw this up.
- That was a very late flag, but for once it goes in the Steelers favor.
- Another penalty on the Eagles and the Steelers are set up with first and goal on the one.
- Chase Claypool with a touchdown run. A little unconventional, so I like it. What I like better is a 7-0 Steelers lead.
- Carson Wentz got rid of that ball, but he got his Bell rung. Somebody check to see if he has a crack in him now.
- Third down and nine and the eagles run to play it safe and they break it for a touchdown. After I’ve sat around touting how well the Steelers tackled to start the season, Mike Hilton whiffed on a tackle for a 2-yard gain. Apparently the only thing with a crack in it right now is the defense of the Steelers.
- End of the first quarter score tied 7-7.
- Third down and 11. Complete for the first down to Claypool. About time the Steelers complete one of those.
- Claypool’s scores his second TD of the game. Steelers retake the lead. The Eagles have no answer for the rookie.
- Bud Dupree missed the sack on third down and Vince Williams picks up a roughing the passer.
- The Steelers have come off their bye and apparently have forgotten how to tackle during their week off.
- The defense gives up a second rushing touchdown. The offense keeps getting the Steelers the lead and the defense keeps letting the Eagles come back and tie it 14-14.
- Eric Ebron just made a beautiful adjustment to bail out Ben Roethlisberger on that throw.
- I did not like that short toss call on second and ten. Now the Steelers have a third and 10.
- Steelers convert a FG to take a 17-14 lead just inside the two minute warning. Now the defense needs to hold with less than 2 minutes to go.
- Cam Hayward comes up with a sack on second down. Steelers take a quick time out maybe they could get the ball back.
- Hey what do you know, 3rd and 17 and the Steelers play soft zone and give up a first down. Why take the time out if you’re going to play prevent defense on 3rd and 17?
- The Steelers were lucky to keep that last play in bounds of the clock ran out. Steelers take the lead to halftime 17-14.
- Steelers received the second half kickoff, will start on the 25.
- Why don’t the Steelers think about marching this down the field and scoring a touchdown?
- Ebron stays on his feet to complete a first down.
- Ray-Ray with a huge run all the way down to the 5-yard line. That will add a lot to the rushing numbers.
- Kyle in response to the Baker Mayfield progressive commercial: “Too bad that’s the most impressive thing Baker Mayfield does in that stadium.”
- Steelers bunch four receivers to the left and Claypool scores his third touchdown of the game. That’s what the Steelers needed for the first drive of the second half.
- Now let’s see if the Steelers defense can show up to the game.
- Stephen Nelson with the INT. Set the offense up again.
- Pass interference against James Washington in the end zone. First and goal on the one for the Steelers.
- James Conner with the touchdown. The Steelers finally crack the 30-point threshold.
- Steelers score 14 quick points to start the second half. There is happy jubilation at my house right now between myself Kyle and Little Bro Scho who’s here watching with me: 31-14 Steelers.
- That flag they’re going to call on Joe Haden, the wrong official called it and it’s a terrible call. Haden actually ran the better route to catch the ball. Little Bro Scho’s theory of the NFL wanting to keep games close looks pretty evident there.
- Well, the NFL got what they want. Bogus pass interference call that the Eagles turn into a touchdown to keep the game close.
- Grandpa Strong!
- The offense is becoming very predictable right now. Fichtner needs to try something else.
- I knew New York would overturn that call no matter what, gotta keep the game close.
- Another third and long that the defense gives up.
- The defense is allowing one person to tear them to pieces.
- The Steelers continue to let a guy who was a walk-on receiver at Old Dominion look like an All-Pro.
- What is going on with the defense? The offense put them in a position this game to shut it down and they just continue to give up yards and points.
- Steelers leave the guy that’s been killing them all game wide open for a touchdown. Would someone please cover that guy?
- Observation. The offense finally comes out after a bye when they usually struggle offensively, and they hang 31 so far to break the 30-point threshold for the first time in 20-plus games. Now the defense isn’t going to be able to hold the Eagles, whose offense has been decimated by injuries.
- Conner needs to quit trying to bounce everything to the outside.
- Oh my goodness what a weak call on Claypool. Refs are doing everything they can to keep the game close.
- And now a fumble. The league (Refs) is setting it up and the Steelers are playing right into their hands.
- T.J. Watt is currently not on the field for the defense. I have a bad feeling about this.
- Eagles trying a 57-yard field goal and they missed it. Steelers have it back with decent field position.
- Wow! Flag on the first play really had me nervous. Instead the 15 yarder goes against the Eagles.
- Please don’t put those kinds of stats on the screen. It just makes me feel like we’re destined to not meet them.
- If we don’t get the ball back here I quit.
- CLAYPOOL!!!!!!! 4TH TD of the game!!!!!!
- I know we would have been better off to just knock down that fourth down pass, but I don’t blame the secondary for wanting the turnover.
- Benny Snell Jr. gets the first down. Time for the victory formation. Not only that, but the Steelers covered the spread.
- Three, two, one…..win. 4-0 baby!!!!
Once again, I just fired off what was going through my head at the time. All reactions were in real time. Basically, it is the equivalent of watching the game with me, you just don’t have to go to another room because I am screaming at the television. Now time process it, some quick analyzing for the Scho Bro Show, and then put it behind me as we move toward Week 6. Make sure you get your voice heard in the comments below.