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Live from Heinz Field

November 16, 2008 - Buck Frank

Third-quarter report:

Not too exciting here. The Steelers had a long drive -- 14 plays -- to begin the third quarter and took the lead, 8-7, on a Jeff Reed 41-yard field goal. The Chargers came right back with a drive of their own, but Nate Kaeding missed a 42-yarder.

The Steelers are now attempting to get into field-goal range again, but they can't seem to shake the penalties and sacks.

The Steelers should be up by more than just one point.

Halftime report:

The Steelers were fortunate to get a field goal right before halftime to cut San Diego's deficit to 7-5. James Harrison, with a sack/forced fumble/safety and an interception that set up the field goal, has contributed to all of the Steelers' points.

The Steelers had two other scoring chances go sour. Jeff Reed missed a long field goal, and Mewelde Moore was stuffed on a fourth-and-goal run from the 1-yard line.

The Steelers' defense is playing well, despite giving up seven points on an early Charger scoring drive. The drive was helped by a LaMarr Woodley slip and a questionable Ike Taylor interference penalty.

Speaking of penalties, they're killing the Steelers in the first half.

The snow has tapered off. It should be an interesting second half.


10 minutes before kickoff:

A light snow if still falling. The field looks like last year's regular-season game against Jacksonville or the second half of the Steelers-Bears game from late 2005.


Half hour before kickoff:

OK, A blizzard just hit Heinz Field, and now we have a snow covered playing surface. I'm guessing this isn't going to last, but right now visibility on the field is severely hampered. When the snow hit, the players were on the field for warm-ups. The winter blast seemed to get James Harrison fired up,

One hour before kickoff:

It's a cold day in Pittsburgh with an occasional wind that makes it even colder. Snow flurries just started again, but nothing that's going to affect the playing field.

The Steelers and Chargers each made late roster moves Saturday to help their secondary. The Steelers released wide receiver Dallas Baker, who had been their fourth receiver, and they promoted rokie cornerback Roy (not Ray) Lewis to the active roster. The Chargers brought in safety Tra Battle and released tackle Corey Clark. The Chargers will be without injured cornerback Cletis Gordon and safety Steve Gregory and didn't have much depth in the secondary.

Max Starks will start again ahead of Marvel Smith at left tackle, and Matt Spaeth gets the nod over injured Heath Miller at tight end. William Gay will make his first career start at cornerback, in place of Deshea Townsend and Bryant McFadden. Lewis is active, along with newly acquired Fernando Bryant and Anthony Madison to provide the depth in the Steelers' secondary.

Willie Parker and LaMarr Woodley, who both missed last Sunday's loss to the Colts, will start today.

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