TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Pittsburgh settled for Jeff Reed's short field goal after having a touchdown overturned by replay, but that was about the only thing going wrong for the Steelers during a dominating first quarter that gave them a 3-0 lead over the Arizona Cardinals at Sunday's Super Bowl.
The Steelers, seeking a record sixth Super Bowl title, had a 140-13 lead in total yards, seven first downs to one for the Cardinals and held the ball for all but 3:28 of the opening period. Pittsburgh was at the Arizona 5 when the quarter ended, poised to extend its lead.
Ben Roethlisberger burned the Cardinals on the opening possession, faking a handoff to the left, then rolling right and finding Hines Ward all alone for a 38-yard gain. The Steelers also had plays of 25 and 21 yards in the opening quarter.
rst drive, and Roethlisberger appeared to power his way into the end zone on a scramble to the right, dragging Darnell Dockett along with him.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, a former Steelers assistant, challenged the call, believing the burly quarterback was down before he got to the end zone. The replay appeared to show Pittsburgh center Justin Hartwig pulling Roethlisberger across the goal line, but referee Terry McAulay ruled the quarterback down at the 1.
Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin, only the third black head coach in Super Bowl history, immediately sent Reed onto the field to kick an 18-yard field goal, the shortest in a Super Bowl since Roy Gerela of the Steelers punched one through from the same distance in the 1976 game - one of the storied franchise's five Super Bowl titles, tied with Dallas and San Francisco for the most in NFL history.
Arizona, seeking its first NFL title since 1947, ran only five offensive plays in the first quarter.

Recent NFL Discussions

Pick Wiz 12/6 Plays on Tue, Dec 2016 by BriGuy
pro play for mon. jets/colts on Tue, Dec 2016 by Michael Cash
College Football Trends Week 15 on Tue, Dec 2016 by Blade
Pick Wiz ADD 12/6 on Tue, Dec 2016 by pickwiz
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Raiders vs. Chiefs Pick Is the under a good bet to cash on Thursday night when the Chiefs host the Raiders at 8:25PM ET?
Thumbnail NFL Week 14 Las Vegas Odds Here’s a look at how Las Vegas oddsmakers view the matchups for Week 14 in the NFL, starting with the AFC West clash in Kansas City.
Thumbnail Colts vs. Jets Prediction Will the Jets pull off the small upset tonight when they host the Colts on Monday Night Football at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Colts vs. Jets Odds Week 13 of the NFL season concludes tonight when the New York Jets play host to the Indianapolis Colts at 8:30PM ET.
Thumbnail NFL Week 14 Opening Odds As teams jockey for playoff position and battle for division titles, here's a look at the opening odds for Week 14 in the NFL.
Advertisement

NFL Team Pages