The Kellen Clemens-led Rams moved down the field fairly effectively in their first drive, with a couple of first downs by Steven Jackson, but an apparent first-down by Brandon Lloyd was called back on a challenge once the officials (correctly, despite strange claims to the contrary by the broadcasters) determined Lloyd never had control of the ball. The Rams were forced to punt.
The second play of the Steelers’ first drive was of the schoolyard variety – Charlie Batch narrowly avoided not only a sack but a fumble, then dumped the ball off to Rashard Mendenhall, who cut back and picked up a bunch of yards after the catch. Doug Legursky was hurt on the play, so the Steelers put Trai Essex in at center. Legursky, of course, was only in at center because Maurkice Pouncey is hurt.
The Steelers’ drive stalled inside the 10 yard line, and Shaun Suisham kicked a 21-yard field goal. 3-0 Steelers.
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