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Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys Head to Halftime Tied at 10

December 16th, 2012 at 6:02 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys are caught up in a tight battle with teams tied 10-10 at halftime.

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The Cowboys drew first blood in this contest on their first drive. The 10-play 56-yard drive took 4:31 off the clock and was capped by a 50-yard field goal by kicker Dan Bailey. The Steelers again struggled on third down as the Cowboys attacked the banged up secondary.

That trend continued in the second quarter as Tony Romo continued to carve up the Steelers secondary and this time the Cowboys made it count. Moving quickly downfield, Romo connected with tight end Jason Witten on a 17-yard scoring play to cap a 58-yard drive, to extend the score to 10-0 Dallas.

The Steelers were finally able to mount a drive and get on the scoreboard. Shaun Suisham, the most consistent player on the roster, connected on a 32-yard field goal to move the score to 10-3 Cowboys. His kick capped a 12-play 66-yard drive.

The defense did their job and got the offense the ball back late in the first half, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made the Cowboys pay. Moving into hurry-up made, Roethlisberger connected with tight end Heath Miller on a 30-yard touchdown to move the score to 10-10 with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been uneven, completing only 13-of-25 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown, although the receiving corps has not helped, chipping in with three drops. Heath Miller (6-85-1) and Antonio Brown (4-44) are the leading receivers. The running game has also been a non-factor, with Chris Rainey leading the way (3-15) and Jonathan Dwyer (4-12) close behind.

The Steelers battered secondary took another hit early in the game as reserve cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke injured his shoulder covering the games first punt.

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Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Football, Heath Miller, Jason Witten, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Shaun Suisham, Tony Romo

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