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Steelers vs. Giants 2012: Redman 'closed the doors' on New York

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


The Pittsburgh Steelers won on Sunday, 24-20, against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium after trailing by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter.

Normally in a comeback victory such as this, the praise for Pittsburgh would go one of two places: Ben Roethlisberger or the defense.

On this Sunday, the game will belong to Isaac Redman in the memory of those who watched. The unheralded running back, who would normally be on the bench for most of the day behind Rashard Mendenhall, carried the Steelers to their fifth win of the season.

Neal Coolong writes this about Redman's performance over at Behind The Steel Curtain:

Redman went off for a regular-season career high 158 yards, but more than anything, he had two carries in the fourth quarter that determined the game.

The first, a one-yard touchdown run that gave the Steelers a 24-20 lead -- one they wouldn't relinquish.

The second, a 28-yard game-sealing scamper that closed the doors on the defending champions in their own house. The Steelers destroyed a third consecutive run defense, putting to question the notion dominant NFL teams only throw the ball.

Redman normally wouldn't be the man picked to be a star before the game, especially against a defensive front like New York possesses. However, Pittsburgh's battered offensive line did its part, and Redman made sure to do the rest.

Next week against the Kansas City Chiefs, the amount of time Redman receives will be a storyline to watch if Mendenhall is active.

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