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Steelers vs. Giants: Isaac Redman's career day leads Pittsburgh past New York

The Steelers started Isaac Redman at running back due to injury and he rewarded the team with a career day on the ground and the game-winning rushing touchdown.

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Taylor earns AFC honor for performance vs. Giants

Ike Taylor earned recognition from the NFL this week for his play against the Giants.

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Ryan Clark lashes out at officials over call

Ryan Clark said that officials were out to penalize him in Sunday's game against the New York Giants, and that they were wrong to throw a flag on a second-quarter hit on Victor Cruz.

The 33-year-old safety has earned a reputation for being a hard hitter, but feels his hit on Cruz was perfectly legal. Clark didn't appear to be gunning for Cruz' head when he nailed the receiver vying for a deflected pass in the end zone, but he was flagged for making a helmet-to-helmet hit. After replay, it appeared as if the referees had botched the call. Clark said that the officials "knew they were wrong," and made the call because of a vendetta against him:

"They had meetings about me before the game," Clark said. "So any time they see the number 25 flash, and a hit be made, it's going to be an opportunity for me to get a flag."

Clark said that the hit was exaggerated because Cruz had a rib injury. Cruz had said earlier in the week that the Steelers' defensive backs were dirty, and often blatantly committed penalties that weren't getting called.

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Brown, Rainey injured against Giants

The Pittsburgh Steelers got a great win on Sunday, 24-20 over the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

However, not everything worked out perfectly for Mike Tomlin's team. Already ravaged with injuries as they seem to be every year, the Steelers can add two more onto the injury report in wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Chris Rainey.

Brown might be the more problematic of the duo with a mild high ankle sprain. While no prognosis has been made yet as to when Brown will return, high sprains can sometimes be a week-to-week instead of day-to-day problem.

The good news is that with the Kansas City Chiefs rolling into town at 1-7, Pittsburgh can live without the talented receiver for a game.

Rainey was hurt after being hit by Mark Herzlich, suffering a rib cartilage injury. It's unknown for how long Rainey will be out of the lineup.

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Redman runs over Giants

The Steelers were led to victory behind a somewhat unlikely source this weekend against the Giants.

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Isaac Redman's career day leads Steelers in win

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the New York Giants 24-20 on Sunday at Metlife Stadium.

The Steelers drew first blood in the second quarter with an Emmanuel Sanders four-yard touchdown reception. The Giants scored the next two touchdowns to go up 14-7, but allowed a Steelers field goal just before halftime. The Giants added two field goals in the third quarter to take a 20-10 lead into the fourth quarter. The Steelers cut into the lead with a 51-yard touchdown reception by Mike Wallace early in the fourth quarter. A Steelers fake field goal in the red zone was stopped easily on their next scoring opportunity. The Pittsburgh defense held the Giants on the ensuing possession and the Steelers were able to score a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Isaac Redman on their drive to finally retake the lead with 4:02 remaining. Redman would be the workhorse on the Steelers' final drive to kill the clock.

Fantasy studs/duds: Steelers running back Isaac Redman recorded career-highs in rushes (26) and yards (147) on Sunday and rushed for the game-winning touchdown. Hakeem Nicks had just one catch for 10 yards for the Giants. Eli Manning was not sharp throwing to Nicks or anyone else, going just 10-of-24 passing for 125 yards and an interception.

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Odds: The Giants did not cover the spread, as they were favored by 4.5 points. The teams did not clear the over mark either, which was set at 47 points.

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Injury info: Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown injured his ankle late in the first quarter and did not return. Steelers running back Chris Rainey was injured on a kickoff return in the third quarter and left the game for the locker room with an apparent rib injury.

Next team on the schedule: The Steelers return home to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, while the Giants will travel to play the Bengals next Sunday.

For more on this game: Head to Behind The Steel Curtain for a Steelers perspective. Visit Big Blue View for a Giants take.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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Chris Rainey leaves with rib injury

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey left Sunday's game with an rib injury against the New York Giants.

The hit in which the injury occurred didn't initially look bad, but as he was walking towards the sideline Rainey collapsed, and spend several minutes on the ground as the trainers tended to him. In solidarity, both the Steelers and Giants joined in prayer mid-field as Rainey was assisted off the field.

After spending some time on the bench, being further evaluated by the training staff, the Steelers carted Chris Rainey to the locker room for further evaluations. There has been no update on his status at this time.

This leaves the Steelers in an incredibly tenuous situations with their backfield. Rashad Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer were both out, and in their absence Isaac Redman has had a solid game, totaling over 100 yards. However without Rainey it leaves both the Steelers' running game, and special teams in a dangerously thin situation.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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Steelers trail Giants, 20-10, after 3rd quarter

The New York Giants lead the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-10, after three quarters of play at Metlife Stadium on Sunday.

The Giants built on their 14-10 halftime lead with a pair of Lawrence Tynes field goals in the third quarter. The first field goal was from 50 yards out while the second was a chip shot from 23 yards as the New York drive stalled in the red zone. The second field goal was set up by a Corey Webster interception of a Ben Roethlisberger pass.

The Steelers saw Chris Rainey injured on the ensuing kickoff return. Rainey's injury was not specified but he appeared to be holding his ribs when he fell to the turf while trying to leave the field. The Steelers were driving and had a 1st-and-10 from their own 44 following a long Roethlisberger pass to Mike Wallace and a short run by Isaac Redman as the quarter came to a close.

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Steeleers trail Giants, 14-10, at halftime

The New York Giants lead the Pittsburgh Steelers, 14-10, after the first half of play at Metlife Stadium on Sunday.

The Steelers dominated the time of possession in the first half, holding the ball for 19:43 but couldn't hold a lead against the Giants on the scoreboard. Neither team scored until the second quarter. The Steelers got on the scoreboard first with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders from Ben Roethlisberger. The Giants answered with an Andre Brown 1-yard touchdown run. A Roethlisberger lost fumble was returned by Giants linebacker Michael Boley with 5:11 remaining in the half to give New York the lead. The fumble was challenged and reviewed but the ruling of a touchdown on the field was ultimately upheld. A Shaun Suisham field goal as the half was ending cut the Giants lead to 14-10.

Ben Roethlisberger finished the first half 12-of-18 passing for 96 yards and one touchdown. Eli Manning was 4-of-12 passing in the first half for 60 yards and one interception. Pittsburgh's Isaac Redman led all rushers with 87 yards on 14 carries. New York's Victor Cruz led all receivers with 54 yards on three catches.

The Steelers lost wide receiver Antonio Brown to an ankle injury during the first half and he was said to be questionable to return.

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Antonio Brown questionable to return

Antonio Brown left Sunday's game vs. the New York Giants with an apparent ankle injury, following a deep throw from Ben Roethlisberger.

At first it appeared as if Brown's gait was thrown off by losing his shoe, however while walking a long the sideline it became apparent that the Steelers' leading receiver was in pain, and struggling with his foot.

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Antonio Brown's feet became tangled with the defenders on the deep route. Moments ago the Steelers listed Brown as 'questionable' to return, due to an ankle injury. Pittsburgh have turned to Jerricho Cotchery in Brown's absence. The wide receiver, picked up in the off-season has just four receptions for 42 yards on the season.

Thus far it doesn't look like Antonio Brown being on the sideline is having a huge effect on the Steelers offense. Emmanuel Sanders caught a touchdown pass moments ago, showing a perfect toe tap to keep his feet in-bounds, and ensure the score.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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Steelers, Giants scoreless after 1st quarter

The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants are scoreless at the end of the first quarter of Sunday's game.

The Steelers are currently driving down the field after Ike Taylor picked off Eli Manning late in the first quarter. Pittsburgh will start the second quarter at New York's 23-yard line.

Ben Roethlisberger has been solid so far for Pittsburgh. He's completed 6-of-9 passes for 33 yards and has been sacked once.

Manning, meanwhile, has had a tough start. He's just 2-for-7 for 43 yards. He also threw that one interception to Taylor.

Isaac Redman is leading Pittsburgh's ground game. Redman has 40 carries on six rushes. Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall are out this week, giving Redman the bulk of the carrying load.

Antonio Brown has two catches for 19 yards for Pittsburgh. For New York, Victor Cruz has two catches for 43 yards. He caught a 26-yard pass from Manning right before Taylor's interception toward the end of the first quarter.

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Ravens continue winning ways, move to 6-2

The Baltimore Ravens continued to add distance between themselves and their AFC North competition by beating the Browns 25-15 Sunday afternoon, moving to 6-2 in the process.

The Browns held their own, and even took a 15-14 lead in the fourth quarter as Phil Dawson kicked his fifth field goal of the game. Ultimately, though, the Browns' inability to score touchdowns hurt them, and the Ravens swooped in with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith to take the lead for good with 4:26 left to play. Ray Rice had 25 carries for 98 yards and a score, while Trent Richardson had 25 carries for 105 yards for Cleveland.

Meanwhile, in the other AFC North game, the Bengals lost 31-23 to the Broncos, falling to 3-5 on the season. Peyton Manning had two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for Denver, while Andy Dalton threw for 299 yards but was sacked five times in the loss for the Bengals. A.J. Green had seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals.

The Steelers are now a game and a half behind the Ravens heading into their matchup against the Giants late Sunday afternoon.

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Steelers vs. Giants inactives

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without a pair of running backs in Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Both Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer will be out against the Giants at kickoff at 4 p.m. ET. Mendenhall has been battling through an Achilles injury. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, but missed Friday's practice.

Dwyer, meanwhile, was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. Dwyer is coming off back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. He has 299 yards on the season.

Also inactive for the Steelers on Sunday: quarterback Charlie Batch, safety Troy Polamalu, linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert and defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu.

The Giants will be without seven players on Sunday. Those players include: linebacker Keith Rivers, linebacker Jacquian Williams, safety Kenny Phillips, linebacker Chase Blackburn, defensive end Adewale Ojomo, tight end Adrien Robinson and tight end Bear Pascoe.

The Giants (6-2) will try to win their fifth-straight game Sunday against Pittsburgh (4-3).

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Steelers to arrive in N.Y. Sunday due to weather

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. this Sunday despite the effects of Hurricane Sandy still reverberating through the New York/New Jersey region. However, the Steelers won't arrive in the area until Sunday morning because the team can't find a hotel for Saturday night, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The hotel the team booked in Jersey City, N.J. — right on the water, it's worth mentioning — is closed. The team found itself out of luck for an alternative, since most hotels are in the same boat the original one is.

Sunday afternoon, we'll see how it affects the team, but the players aren't letting on that it's bothering them. Here's what Ryan Clark told Paulk:

"(The Giants) were facing adversity also. Once the ball is kicked, it's about playing football. The circumstances for which we get to the game are nonfactors. No one cares about how you got to the game. It's about what you do doing those three hours on the field.

"The only way it affects me is that I won't have to wear two suits. Nobody cares about your problems. Most people are happy you have them."

Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m., when the Steelers will try to top one of the NFL's hottest teams, playing in what's sure to be their most emotional game since the Super Bowl.

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Steelers' LB Woodley in, Sylvester out for Giants

The Pittsburgh Steelers released both bad and good news on their linebacking corps in their Friday injury report. LaMarr Woodley is listed as probable and expects to start on Sunday, while Stevenson Sylvester has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

The Steelers' running game continues to be hit hard by injuries, as Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer are listed as doubtful but both will miss Sunday's game against the Giants. Isaac Redman will get the start in their place.

Safety Troy Polamalu and Marcus Gilbert are listed as out. The probables include running back Baron Batch, free safety Ryan Clark, and linebacker Brandon Johnson.

New York will be without linebackers Chase Blackburn and Jacquian Williams, while linebacker Keith Rivers is listed as doubtful. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, tight end Bear Pascoe, and safety Kenny Phillips are tagged as questionable.

Center David Baas, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, wide receiver Victor Cruz, and safety Antrel Rolle are the probables for the Giants.

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Dwyer out, Redman will start at RB for Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer is listed as doubtful on the injury report, but he will not play on Sunday against the New York Giants, according to Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times. Isaac Redman will get the start in place of Dwyer and Pittsburgh's other injured running back, Rashard Mendenhall.

Redman is in his third year with the Steelers out of Bowie State. He has carried the ball 212 times for 853 yards and four touchdowns for his career. So far this season he has struggled, putting up just 2.5 yards per carry. The Steelers rushing attack has sputtered overall, as Pittsburgh ranks 21st in yards per game on the ground and is tied for 26th in yards per rush.

Despite their struggles in the run game, the Steelers are just one game back of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North division. They are now 4-3 after two straight wins, but face a tough test on Sunday against the Giants. New York has won four straight games.

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