Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka managed to hit Gerald Jones for two meaningless touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, but the Steelers’ second preseason game was still a rousing success, as Pittsburgh won 24-14.
The Steelers dominated the first half, as the defense pulled off three interceptions and Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich combined for three touchdown passes. The Steelers led 21-0 after the first half, which mostly featured both teams’ starters.
In the second half, Kafka cut up the Steelers’ defense a bit, throwing for 160 yards, but it didn’t matter. The starters were long gone. Dennis Dixon went a meaningless 8-for-11 for 90 yards in the second half for the Steelers, who also used the second half to get a closer look at 2010 draft pick Jonathan Dwyer, who rushed for 44 yards on 13 carries (while looking visibly skinnier than last week – he’s been dropping some weight).
All in all, it was a far better effort for the Steelers than last week’s drubbing at the hands of the Washington Redskins.
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