Apparently, Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons read my blog post on Behind the Steel Curtain last week. Well, probably not, just wishful thinking on my part. In any event, number 94 had a break-out game when the Steelers defense needed it the most. Both Lamarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu left today's game against Philadelphia with injuries, and when you add that to the just returning James Harrison, who missed all of training camp and the first three games due to a knee injury, it could have been a long day against Michael Vick and Co. In this awesome post from BTSC's Neal Coolong, Neal sums up Timmons' dominant day pretty nicely: "Heading into week 5, Timmons had 12 total tackles. At the final buzzer, he had nine tackles - eight solo - in Week 5 alone. This doesn't speak of the slew of pressure he generated. There was a stretch in the first half where he had a forced fumble and recovery, a tackle for loss and a pressure. All of those plays came on second down, and of the two where the Eagles retained the ball, it set up 3rd-and-long situations."
Running back Rashard Mendenhall also returned to action today for the first time since tearing his ACL in week 17 of last season, and he revitalized the Steelers rushing attack with 81 yards on 14 carries, including the Steelers only touchdown of the day.
Pittsburgh was in serious danger of falling to 1-3 after the Eagles took a 14-13 lead with about six minutes remaining. But after failing to bring his team from behind in the fourth quarter twice this season, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger orchestrated the game winning drive that culminated in a Shaun Suisham 33 yard field goal as time expired.
The Steelers are now 2-2 and will travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans this Thursday night.