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Steelers Vs. Saints: Pittsburgh Struggles With Drew Brees In 20-10 Loss

The Steelers lost to the New Orleans Saints Sunday night, 20-10. The Saints leaned very heavily on quarterback Drew Brees, who completed 34 of 44 passes for 305 yards, enough that the Saints could get by with practically no rushing attack. The Saints’ defense was strong throughout the night – Ben Roethlisberger had 195 yards, but he had an interception and no touchdowns, and the Steelers didn’t adjust enough to frequent New Orleans blitzes. Roethlisberger's throws also weren't strong enough in at least a few cases.

The Saints scored two touchdowns late in the game on passes from Brees to Marques Colston and Lance Moore, which was enough to put the game away after they carried a 6-3 lead into the fourth quarter. Heath Miller's fumble midway through the quarter helped the Saints finish the Steelers off.

Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will probably take some heat for this one - the Steelers had a chance to score a touchdown in the first half with a first down an inch from the goal line, and instead of going with a quarterback sneak, they handed the ball off three times. They might have given Roethlisberger a chance to put the ball in the end zone.

For more on the game, head over to Behind The Steel Curtain.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.