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Live from Heinz Field -- Cowboys

December 7, 2008 - Buck Frank

Mid-fourth quarter report

The Steelers trail 13-3 and were just stopped on a fourth-and-goal play with a little more than 12 minutes remaining in the game.

Tashard Choice was the man for the Cowboys in the third quarter with a two big runs and a big pass reception. TO made a nice catch in the back of the end zone for his first reception of the game.

It doesn't look good right now for the Steelers. They've wasted too many chances.


Halftime report

3-3. The Steelers got a Jeff Reed field goal but allowed the Cowboys to drive for a Nick Folk 44-yard field goal as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the second quarter.

The Cowboys have been trying to give the game to the Steelers, fumbling twice and throwing two interceptions in the first half. The Steelers haven't been able to take advantage, mainly because they can't run the ball on this cold day, and they've turned it over twice themselves.

Mitch Berger hasn't helped much with his punting, although he did pin the Cowboys inside the 10-yard line twice, and another punt, a 28-yarder, hit a Cowboy and ended up as a turnover.

The Steelers are going to need to break a few good runs. It may be wise to let Mewelde Moore carry a few more than three times in the second half. Big Ben is just 6-of-18 passing. On defense, the Steelers have to be wary of Jason Witten, who seems to be trying to make up for the lack of production from TO. Tashard Choice has 44 yards rushing at the half for the Boys.

First-quarter report


The Steelers had a great chance after a Troy Polamalu interception, but Jeff Reed missed a long field-goal attempt.

The Steelers also made a nice fourth-down stand, but as the second quarter begins, the Cowboys are moving the ball after a Heath Miller fumble.

5 minutes before kickoff

Was a little late getting here today. Traffic was bad.

Many Cowboys jerseys in the stands today.

Big news is Marion Barber will not play because of his toe. The Steelers have had trouble in previous seasons dealing with late-minute starters at running back. The Rams had one a few years back -- the name escapes me -- who started ahead of Marshall Faulk and had a big day. OK, that's the only one I can think of off the top of my head.

The new field looks OK. It looks a lot greener on the TV than here. It's cold today. Glad I'm in the press box.

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