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>> RIGHT ON CUE, THIS CROWD ON

15 MINUTES, CHEERING THEIR

BELOVED COLTS.

THAT'S IKE TAYLOR.

HE WILL TAKE THE RETURN DUTIES

TODAY, AS QUINCY MORGAN

FRACTURED A LEG IN LAST WEEK'S

VICTORY AGAINST CINCINNATI.

TAYLOR, A RAJIN' CAJUN FROM

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE WAITS, AND

THAT SPINNER COMES DOWN AT THE

1.

TAYLOR, THE CORNERBACK, FAKES

THE REVERSE, AND HE'S HIT AT THE

16-YARD LINE.

WHAT A TACKLE.

DARRELL REID, WHO'S BECOME THE

WEDGE BREAKER FOR THE COLTS.

ROETHLISBERGER HIT, THROWS, AND

INCOMPLETE, THROUGH THE HANDS OF

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL.

FREENEY COMES OUT.

HE MADE HIS PRESENCE FELT ON THE

INITIAL PLAY.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

THAT'S HARPER PLAYING ON THE

LEFT CORNER.

HAND-OFF INSIDE.

NO, THE FAKE AND A LONG THROW IS

COMPLETE TO HEATH MILLER.

AND THE TIGHT END IS IN TO

INDIANAPOLIS TERRITORY AT THE

47-YARD LINE.

BEAUTIFUL THROW, DAN.

>> WELL, THE STEELERS TOLD US

THAT THEY WERE GONNA PUT THIS

GAME MORE INTO THE HANDS OF

BEN ROETHLISBERGER, AND, AS YOU

CAN SEE, PASSES ON THE VERY

FIRST TWO PLAYS OF THE GAME.

AND THERE'S A LITTLE BIT FOR THE

COLTS -- BURNED BY PLAY-ACTION.

NO OFFENSE THROWS MORE

PLAY-ACTION IN THIS LEAGUE THAN

THE COLTS OFFENSE.

AND NOW IT'S THE STEELERS' TURN,

AND YOU SEE MIKE DOSS GETS

CAUGHT WAY UP INSIDE, AND THE

ROOKIE BURNS HIM.

>> MILLER, THE NUMBER-ONE DRAFT

PICK OUT OF VIRGINIA, WHO CAUGHT

39 PASSES ON THE SEASON.

AND THEY LOVE HIS BLOCKING.

PARKER'S FIRST CARRY.

KNIFES HIS WAY TO THE 45-YARD

LINE, AND RAHEEM BROCK AND

COMPANY WITH THE TACKLE.

COWHER IN HIS 14th SEASON, THE

LONGEST-TENURED COACH IN THE

LEAGUE.

HIS ROAD RECORD IN PLAYOFF GAMES

1-3, BUT WE SHOULD POINT OUT IN

THE LAST TWO SEASONS, THE

STEELERS HAVE LOST ONLY 3 TIMES

IN 17 GAMES ON THE ROAD.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

UNDER THE DIN OF THE RCA DOME,

SECOND AND 8.

ROETHLISBERGER OVER THE MIDDLE.

FINDS MILER AGAIN, AND THE

TIGHT END IS INSIDE THE 30-YARD

LINE!

TWO BIG CATCHES BY MILLER, AND

THE STEELERS HAVE MARCHED DEEP.

>> AND AGAIN I THINK THAT THE

STEELERS HAVE CAUGHT THE COLTS A

LITTLE BIT OFF GUARD BY COMING

OUT AND PUTTING THE BALL IN

ROETHLISBERGER'S HANDS.

WATCH BEN.

HE BUYS HIMSELF A LITTLE EXTRA

TIME.

IT ALLOWS MILLER TO GET OPEN

OVER THE MIDDLE.

AND LOOK AT THAT HOLE IN THE

COLTS' ZONE.

NOW, THERE IS A SOFT SPOT IN

THERE, BUT THAT WAS GAPING.

>> MOBILITY OF ROETHLISBERGER

SETTING UP THAT 18-YARD GAIN.

BACK TO PARKER.

HIT IN THE BACKFIELD AND BROUGHT

DOWN BY DAVID THORNTON.

THERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF HOW FAST

THIS 11-MAN DEFENSE IS FOR THE

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS.

>> WELL, WILLIE PARKER DOESN'T

HAVE MUCH OF A CHANCE WHEN THE

TACKLES ARE BEING MADE IN THE

BACKFIELD.

WILLIE NEVER EVEN GETS BACK TO

THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE.

HE TRIES TO CUT OUTSIDE.

>> THORNTON, A DRUM MAJOR IN HIS

HIGH SCHOOL BAND.

BARELY MADE IT THROUGH THE RANKS

AT NORTH CAROLINA.

FINALLY STARTED AS A SENIOR.

SECOND DOWN, 11.

"BIG BEN" TO THE SIDELINE,

COMPLETE.

HINES WARD, THE OUTSTANDING AND

CO-MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AGAIN

THIS YEAR, ALONG WITH HIS

NOSE TACKLE HAMPTON.

AND HE'S SO RELIABLE.

>> AND I THINK RIGHT OFF THE BAT

WE'RE SEEING THIS AS A TOTALLY

DIFFERENT BEN ROETHLISBERGER

THAN WAS HERE ON THAT

MONDAY-NIGHT GAME IN NOVEMBER.

HE HAD MISSED THE PRIOR THREE

WEEKS.

HE HAD KNEE SURGERY.

HE SAID, "HEY, I TOOK IT WAY TOO

EASY.

I WAS AFRAID TO PUSH MYSELF."

THIS IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

NUMBER 7 FOR PITTSBURGH TODAY.

>> THIRD AND 6.

THE STEELERS WERE NOT VERY GOOD

ON THIRD DOWNS THIS YEAR -- NEXT

TO LAST IN CONVERSIONS.

THE BEARS WERE LAST.

THIRD AND 6.

THE THROW.

COMPLETE, INSIDE THE 15 AND

ANOTHER FIRST DOWN.

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL, WHO PLAYED AT

NEARBY INDIANA UNIVERSITY DOWN

IN BLOOMINGTON, HAS HIS FIRST

CATCH.

>> AND AGAIN THE STEELERS

EXPLOITING THE INTERMEDIATE

HOLES IN THE ZONE HERE AGAINST

THIS COLTS DEFENSE.

WIDE RECEIVERS, TIGHT ENDS, THEY

ARE ALL FINDING A LOT OF ROOM

ABOUT 10, 15 YARDS DOWNFIELD.

>> RON MEEKS, THE

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR -- THIS IS

THE WAY THE COLTS PLAY FOOTBALL.

THEY GIVE UP A LOT OF

COMPLETIONS.

BUT, BOY, THAT'S WAY TOO MUCH

ROOM.

>> STEELERS, A TEAM THAT RAN

THE FOOTBALL MORE THAN ANYONE IN

THE LEAGUE -- 59% -- BUT

THEY'RE THROWING TODAY.

ANOTHER PASS, THE SCREEN TO

PARKER, AND HE'S DUMPED BY

THORNTON AGAIN.

SO, WHEN BILL COWHER RAISED AN

EYEBROW WITH US YESTERDAY AND

SAID, "WE HAVE A DIFFERENT GAME

PLAN THIS TIME."

>> WELL, HE SAID, "WE MAY HAVE

TO" -- WHAT A LOT OF TEAMS DO.

THEY MAY HAVE TO THROW THE BALL

TO RUN THE BALL.

TWICE IN THE LAST THREE TRIPS

LAST WEEK IN CINCINNATI,

PITTSBURGH GOT IT DONE.

>> SECOND DOWN AND 10.

AND JEROME BETTIS MAKES HIS

FIRST APPEARANCE, THE 13-YEAR

VETERAN FROM NOTRE DAME, THE

NUMBER-5 RUSHER ALL TIME.

AND HE GETS THE CALL.

BETTIS AT THE 10 AND DOWN TO THE

5-YARD LINE, AS THE BIG MAN GOT

UP TO A FULL HEAD OF STEAM.

>> AND BOB SANDERS, THE ALL-PRO

FREE SAFETY, IS THE GUY THAT HAS

TO COME UP, AND HE GOES LOW ON

JEROME BETTIS.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

BETTIS AGAIN STILL SHOWING THE

QUICK FEET, THE ABILITY TO

BURST.

HERE COMES SANDERS.

YOU SEE AND HITS HIM RIGHT ON

THE KNEES.

BOB SANDERS, HE IS -- LAST YEAR

TONY DUNGY CALLED HIM THE

"UNGUIDED MISSILE."

WELL, HE GUIDED HIMSELF RIGHT TO

HAWAII, A PRO BOWL SLOT, AND

FIRST-TEAM ALL-PRO THIS YEAR.

>> THIRD DOWN, A SHORT 3.

ROETHLISBERGER OVER THE MIDDLE.

TOUCHDOWN!

AND WIDE OPEN WAS RANDLE EL.

AND WHAT AN OPENING DRIVE BY THE

PITTSBURGH STEELERS.

ON THE ARM OF

BIG BEN ROETHLISBERGER,

PITTSBURGH MARCHES CONVINCINGLY

FOR THE OPENING SCORE.

>> WELL, BIG BEN WENT TO

RANDLE EL THE FIRST PLAY OF THE

GAME.

WASN'T ABLE TO GET A COMPLETION.

THERE HE IS, JUST OFF THE LEFT

TACKLE, THE INSIDE OF THE THREE

RECEIVERS.

AND AGAIN LOOK AT THE SIZE OF

THE OPENING IN THE COLTS

SECONDARY.

ROETHLISBERGER HAD HIS PICK.

HE CHOSE RANDLE EL, AND THAT WAS

AN EASY TOUCHDOWN AND A GOOD

CATCH BY RANDLE EL ON A BALL

THAT WAS A LITTLE BEHIND HIM.

>> EXTRA-POINT TRY BY JEFF REED

TO COMPLETE THIS 84-YARD OPENING

DRIVE.

10 PLAYS, 7 POINTS.

AND IT WAS ROETHLISBERGER

6-FOR-7.

HARDLY KNOW HE WAS 23 THE WAY HE

DIRECTED THAT OPENING DRIVE.

HOW WELL-SCRIPTED THAT WAS --

ONLY ONE INCOMPLETE PASS, HIS

FIRST, AND THE TOUCHDOWN TO

RANDLE EL.

BY THE WAY, HIS FIRST SCORING

GRAB SINCE GAME 1 OF THE SEASON.

JEFF REED HAS IT TEED UP, AND

THE COLTS WILL GET THEIR CHANCE,

AS DOMINIC RHODES IS DEEP, AT

THE 1.

AND RHODES SURROUNDED.

JUST DOES GET TO THE 20-YARD

LINE.

PEYTON MANNING AND THE COLTS'

HIGH-POWERED OFFENSE ON THE

FIELD.

THAT NO-HUDDLE OFFENSE WILL BE

IN FULL GEAR TODAY.

THE STRETCH PLAY TO

EDGERRIN JAMES, AND JAMES

BUMPED OUT OF BOUNDS AFTER A

GAIN OF A COUPLE.

SECOND DOWN AND 8.

THAT CONTRAST SUDDENLY VERY

QUIET, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE A FEW

STEELER FANS HERE.

FIRST PASS FROM MANNING.

THROWING FOR HARRISON AND

INCOMPLETE.

SO, A THIRD AND LONG FOR

MANNING.

THE COLTS HAVE THE BEST SUCCESS

ON THIRD DOWN OF ANY NFL TEAM,

49% SUCCESS.

>> STEELERS, ONLY 2 DOWN

LINEMEN.

>> AND POLAMALU RIGHT OVER THE

CENTER.

MANNING.

INCOMPLETE, NO FLAG.

GOOD DEFENSE BY CHRIS HOPE, THE

SAFETY MAN, ABLE TO REACH IN AND

BAT IT AWAY.

>> BOY, OUTSTANDING COVERAGE.

YOU COULD SEE PEYTON MANNING HAD

PLENTY OF TIME TO SET UP.

HE HAD A GOOD VIEW DOWNFIELD.

THREW A LASER, BUT CHRIS HOPE

WAS JUST TOO CLOSE.

THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF A JAM ON

MARVIN, BUT LOOK AT THAT.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT?

HOPE DID GET THERE A LITTLE

EARLY.

THAT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS.

HE TIMED IT AND GOT AWAY WITH

IT.

DICK LeBEAU, THE 68-YEAR-OLD

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR OF THE

STEELERS.

>> AND THE PUNT BY HUNTER SMITH.

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL, THE ONLY

PLAYER WITH 2 PUNT-RETURN

TOUCHDOWNS THIS YEAR.

AND HE VAULTS AHEAD TO THE

44-YARD LINE.

PLAY-ACTION.

AND WIDE OPEN AGAIN.

THIS TIME IT'S JERAME TUMAN, THE

OTHER TIGHT END, AND HE HAS A

FIRST DOWN AT THE 36-YARD LINE.

IT SHOULDN'T BE A SURPRISE THAT

ROETHLISBERGER HAS BEEN VERY

SUCCESSFUL.

>> WE JUST SAW A BEAUTIFUL PASS

AGAIN BY ROETHLISBERGER.

>> TO TUMAN.

THAT WAS GOOD FOR 19 YARDS.

AND UNABLE TO RUN AS JUNE,

CATO JUNE, TACKLES

WILLIE PARKER.

WE SAID THERE WAS NO SURPRISE.

ROETHLISBERGER, HE GETS HIS

WAKE-UP CALL EARLY.

LOOK AT HIS RECORD ON THE SEASON

IN THE FIRST QUARTER, COMPARED

TO THE REST OF THE GAME.

>> WELL, THE BIG ONE THERE IN

THE MIDDLE, THE 0 INTERCEPTIONS

VERSUS 9 THE REST OF THE GAME.

A LOT OF IT IS FOLLOWING THE

SCRIPT.

THERE'S A COMFORT ZONE THERE.

BUT, AGAIN, LOOK AT THE WAY BEN

HAS STARTED THIS GAME.

THE ONLY INCOMPLETION SHOULD

HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BY RANDLE EL.

EVERY OTHER PASS HAS BEEN

PERFECT.

>> PARKER LOST A YARD ON FIRST

DOWN.

BACK TO THE AIR.

PUMP FAKE AND HE'S HIT, AND THE

BALL IS INTERCEPTED!

FREENEY MADE THE HIT, AND THE

COLTS GET THE FIRST TURNOVER!

CATO JUNE THE MAN ON THE SPOT

WITH THE INTERCEPTION.

>> WELL, THAT'S CATO JUNE'S

SIXTH INTERCEPTION.

HE HAD 5 DURING THE REGULAR

SEASON.

BEN JUST STAYED IN THE POCKET

WAY TOO LONG.

YOU GOT TO GET RID OF IT BEFORE

THAT.

>> DWIGHT FREENEY, CONSIDERED

UNDERSIZED BY MANY, ONLY 6'1",

DEFENSIVE END.

HE CALLS HIMSELF A "WILDFLOWER

IN A FIELD OF DAISIES."

AND IT WAS NO POSY HIT HE PUT

ON BEN ROETHLISBERGER THAT

FORCED THAT BALL FREE, AND

CATO JUNE WITH THE INTERCEPTION

AT THE 35.

FAKE TO EDGERRIN JAMES.

MANNING STEPS UP AND THROWS.

INCOMPLETE.

OVER REGGIE WAYNE'S HEAD ON THE

SIDELINES.

>> WHAT A GREAT MOVE BY

DWIGHT FREENEY.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

GOING AGAINST MARVEL SMITH.

HE SEES THERE'S A BLOCKER

UPFIELD.

HE DOES HIS SPIN BACK TO THE

INSIDE.

ROETHLISBERGER -- NOW RIGHT

THERE BEN LOOKS LIKE HE'S

GETTING READY TO DELIVER THE

BALL.

HE CAN'T FIND ANYBODY.

AND THEN DWIGHT FREENEY'S HUSTLE

AND GOOD SPIN MOVE CAUSES THIS

INTERCEPTION.

AND CATO JUNE -- TALK ABOUT JUST

STANDING IN THE PROPER PLACE.

THAT BALL JUST FLOATED RIGHT TO

HIM.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

>> JAMES.

TOUGH RUNNING INSIDE.

GETS ABOUT 3.

AARON SMITH THE TACKLER.

>> AND RIGHT NOW THIS OFFENSE OF

THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS NEEDS TO

DO THEIR DEFENSE A LITTLE FAVOR.

YEAH, THEY JUST GOT THAT

INTERCEPTION.

BUT THEY NEED SOME FIRST DOWNS

HERE, BOTH FOR THEIR OWN

CONFIDENCE.

AND LET THAT DEFENSE GATHER

ITSELF A LITTLE BIT OVER THERE.

TOM MOORE, THE OFFENSIVE

COORDINATOR -- YOU KNOW THAT

THEY'RE LOOKING AT PUTTING

TOGETHER A STEADY DRIVE HERE.

LET YOUR DEFENDERS CATCH THEIR

BREATH.

>> ANOTHER THIRD AND LONG FOR

MANNING.

LOOKING FOR HIS FIRST

COMPLETION.

BRINGS BRANDON STOKLEY IN

MOTION.

THROWS LONG DOWN THE MIDDLE.

NO ONE THERE.

SO, THREE-AND-OUT ON THE FIRST

TWO POSSESSIONS FOR THE COLTS.

>> WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

WE TALKED ABOUT AT THE TOP OF

THE SHOW WAS "BACK IN THE

SADDLE."

AND CLEARLY THE COLTS OFFENSE IS

NOT BACK INTO THE SADDLE YET.

WELL, MUCH ADO MADE ABOUT THE

FACT THAT THEY HAVEN'T PLAYED A

MEANINGFUL FOOTBALL GAME IN A

MONTH, AND WHAT WE'VE SEEN SO

FAR OFFENSIVELY BEARS THAT OUT.

THEY'VE GOT SOME RUST, AND THEY

HAVEN'T SHAKEN IT YET.

>> HUNTER SMITH, NUMBER FIVE IN

THE LEAGUE IN PUNTING AVERAGE,

TO ANTWAAN RANDLE EL AT THE 9.

GOOD TWISTING MOVE.

OOH, JUST TRIPPED UP AS HE

CROSSED THE 20-YARD LINE, BUT A

FLAG IS DOWN DEEP IN STEELER

TERRITORY.

>> THIS IS, I BELIEVE, GONNA BE

A PENALTY AGAINST THE COLTS.

AND BILL COWHER, I WOULD ASSUME,

WOULD LIKE THEM TO KICK IT

AGAIN.

>> ...KICKING TEAM WAS OUT OF

BOUNDS ON HIS OWN.

5-YARD PENALTY FROM THE END OF

THE RUN.

FIRST DOWN, PITTSBURGH.

>> YEAH, YOU DON'T GET THE

CHOICE ON THAT ONE WHEN HE GOES

OUT OF BOUNDS COVERING THE KICK.

>> TOSS TO PARKER ON THE SWEEP.

HAS A BLOCKER.

AND TWISTED DOWN AS HE HITS THE

37 BY NICK HARPER.

>> WHEN WILLIE PARKER MAKES THAT

TURN UPFIELD, HE DOES IT FASTER

THAN MOST GUYS IN THIS LEAGUE.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 4.28 SPEED.

AND EVERY TIME WILLIE PARKER

TOUCHES THE FOOTBALL, HE IS A

GUY THAT CAN TAKE IT ALL THE WAY

TO THE END ZONE.

HE HAS JUST GOT THAT -- HE IS

THE ANTI-BUS.

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

>> HE'S THE MASERATI.

SECOND AND 1.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

INSIDE TO KREIDER, THE FULLBACK,

WHO GETS A RARE CARRY.

HAD ONLY 3 ALL SEASON.

IT'S ENOUGH FOR A FIRST DOWN.

>> WELL, HE JUST DIDN'T WANT TO

STOP RUNNING.

[ CHUCKLES ]

WHEN YOU ONLY GET A COUPLE

CARRIES, YOU WANT TO MAKE THE

MOST OF IT.

OKAY, THEY TACKLE YOU.

GET BACK UP AND START RUNNING

AGAIN.

>> KREIDER, WHO PLAYED HIS

COLLEGE BALL AT NEW HAMPSHIRE.

HE WAS A BLOCKER FOR

JERRY AZUMAH, IN UNIFORM WITH

THE BEARS IN GAME 2 TODAY.

>> THAT FOOTBALL FACTORY.

>> YOUR FAVORITE.

>> DON'T THROW THAT AT ME.

>> [ LAUGHS ]

SIX FIRST DOWNS TO ZERO TO START

THE GAME.

111 YARDS, PITTSBURGH.

5 FOR INDY.

NOTHING FOR PARKER THIS TIME, AS

RAHEEM BROCK WAS THERE TO

STONEWALL THE BALLCARRIER.

>> WELL, DWIGHT FREENEY IS NOT

THE ONLY GOOD DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

THAT PLAYS FOR THE COLTS.

YOU SEE RIGHT THERE --

DAVID THORNTON.

A GOOD LOOK COMING UP THERE

UNDERNEATH WAS MONTAE REAGOR.

THERE IS LARRY TRIPPLETT,

COREY SIMON, ROBERT MATHIS,

BROCK.

THIS TEAM IS AWASH IN QUALITY

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

>> OTHER THAN THE ONE 9-YARD RUN

BY PARKER, THE COLTS HAVE

STUFFED THE RUNNING GAME BUT

HAVE REALLY BEEN OPEN TO THE

PASSING OF ROETHLISBERGER.

WHO GETS THIS ONE WOBBLED AWAY

AS HE WAS HIT.

IT WAS ROBERT MATHIS, WHO LED

THE COLTS IN SACKS THIS YEAR

WITH 11 1/2 THAT GOT HIS ARM.

>> WHAT A JOB BY MATHIS, DICK.

HE GOES UPFIELD, IS BLOCKED, AND

THEN HE FALLS IN SIDEWAYS,

THROWING ANY PART OF HIS BODY HE

CAN AT ROETHLISBERGER.

AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN

THERE, WATCH ROBERT MATHIS.

ALL RIGHT, NOW.

OKAY, JUST FALL ANY WAY.

THAT'S JUST OUTSTANDING HUSTLE.

AND LOOK WHAT HE DID.

HE GOT IN THERE AND GOT JUST

ENOUGH OF HIS RIGHT HAND ON

BEN'S FOREARM TO CAUSE THAT

INCOMPLETION.

AND A LOT OF TIMES, THAT CAN

RESULT IN AN I-N-T.

>> THIRD AND 10.

VERRON HAYNES IN THE BACKFIELD

WITH ROETHLISBERGER.

DOWN THE MIDDLE, HINES WARD, AND

HE COULD GO ALL THE WAY NOW.

HAD TO PICK UP HIS SPEED, AND

SANDERS FINALLY GETS A PIECE OF

THE FACE MASK AND GETS ROARED

OUT OF BOUNDS AT THE 16.

>> WELL, ACTUALLY, WARD JAMMED

BOB SANDERS RIGHT IN THE FACE

MASK, AND DID HE HOLD ONTO IT?

YOU CAN STIFF-ARM A GUY, BUT YOU

CAN'T GRAB IT.

>> PERSONAL FOUL, FACE MASK,

NUMBER 21, THE DEFENSE.

HALF THE DISTANCE TO THE GOAL.

AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN.

>> AND, AGAIN, LOOK AT THIS

PERFECT PASS.

JUST DROPPED RIGHT IN THERE.

AND THEN IT'S A HIT BY HIS OWN

MAN THAT INJURES NICK HARPER.

MIKE DOSS, THE SAFETY, CAME IN.

HINES WARD ALL OF A SUDDEN FOUND

HIMSELF STANDING IN THE MIDDLE

OF THE FIELD ALL BY HIMSELF.

HERE COMES MIKE DOSS FROM THE

LEFT, AND HE MAKES CONTACT, AND,

BOY, DOES HE COLLAPSE THE LEFT

KNEE OF NICK HARPER.

OH, BOY, THAT REALLY WAS A

STRETCH.

>> JEROME BETTIS IN.

FIRST AND GOAL AT THE 8, AND

BETTIS DIGS HIS WAY FOR A

COUPLE.

GARY BRACKETT, THE

MIDDLE LINEBACKER, ONLY 5'10",

235 POUNDS IN THIS UNDERSIZED

COLTS DEFENSE, BUILT ON SPEED,

HITTING POWER, NOT SIZE, MADE

THE TACKLE.

BETTIS OUTWEIGHS HIM BY 30 OR

MORE.

>> AND RIGHT NOW PITTSBURGH ON

THE VERGE OF JUST WRITING THE

OPPOSITE OF THE SCRIPT THEY

FOLLOWED IN LATE NOVEMBER, WHERE

THEY FELL BEHIND EARLY AND HAD

TO PLAY CATCHUP.

THEY'RE TRYING TO FORCE THE

COLTS RIGHT HERE INTO A BIG

DEFICIT.

>> SECOND AND GOAL.

FAKE.

ROETHLISBERGER THROWS.

TOUCHDOWN!

IT'S HEATH MILLER, THE ROOKIE

TIGHT END, AND THE STEELERS HAVE

SCORED AGAIN.

>> AND I'LL TELL YOU THIS.

THE NOISE LEVEL BEFORE THAT

TOUCHDOWN PASS WAS MAYBE HALF OF

WHAT IT WAS EARLIER.

THAT'S HOW MUCH HAD ALREADY BEEN

TAKEN OUT OF THE CROWD.

THIS IS REALLY GONNA TAKE THE

CROWD OUT OF THE GAME.

AGAIN, A SOFT SPOT IN THE

MIDDLE.

WORKING AGAINST MARLIN JACKSON,

WHEN JACKSON TURNS HIM LOOSE.

THEY'RE PLAYING A ZONE IN THE

END ZONE.

MIKE DOSS DOES NOT GET OVER IN

TIME, AND RIGHT NOW, TONY DUNGY

HAS TO BE AGHAST AT WHAT'S

HAPPENING TO HIS DEFENSE.

ROETHLISBERGER AND THE PASSING

GAME OF THE STEELERS IS

SHREDDING IT.

>> JEFF REED'S EXTRA POINT.

AND THE PASSING GAME RACKING UP

THE YARDS -- 72 YARDS IN

7 PLAYS.

THE 7-YARD TOUCHDOWN TO MILLER

GIVING THE STEELERS A 14-0 LEAD.

LAST 6 PLAYOFF GAMES, 3 WINS.

THE COLTS DOMINATING EARLY IN

THE FIRST HALF BUT IN THE LOSSES

OUTSCORED 45-3.

REED REALLY PUMPS THIS ONE, AND

RHODES WILL HAVE TO TAKE THE

TOUCHBACK.

>> 0-FOR-4. HMM.

>> WHILE HIS OPPONENT,

BEN ROETHLISBERGER, 147 YARDS

PASSING, 0 FOR MANNING.

AND DOWN HE GOES AT THE 11-YARD

LINE.

THE FIRST SACK GOES TO

KIMO VON OELHOFFEN.

VON OELHOFFEN INVOLVED OF COURSE

IN THAT TRAGIC TACKLE OF

CARSON PALMER LAST WEEK THAT

SENT PALMER TO THE SURGERY ROOM.

>> WELL, VON OELHOFFEN IS

NUMBER 67.

HE JUST GETS TO THE INSIDE OF

TARIK GLENN, THE LEFT TACKLE.

THE GUARD CAME OUT ON THE PLAY,

AND THERE'S A HUGE SOFT SPOT

INSIDE.

AND GLENN JUST NOT ABLE TO DRIVE

VON OELHOFFEN FAR ENOUGH AND

AWAY FROM MANNING.

>> THE VETERAN VON OELHOFFEN

FROM MOLOKAI, HAWAII.

DIDN'T HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL TEAM.

>> THAT NUMBER THERE -- 166 TO

MINUS-3.

THAT DEFIES DESCRIPTION.

>> SECOND DOWN AND 18.

ONE-HANDED CATCH BY HARRISON,

AND HE TAKES IT OUT OF BOUNDS AT

THE 36-YARD LINE.

A BRILLIANT PLAY BY THE ALL-PRO

RECEIVER.

>> WELL, MARVIN HARRISON COMING

ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE FIELD.

HE STARTED ON THE RIGHT SIDE.

COMES ALL THE WAY ACROSS TO THE

LEFT.

HAS IT BOUNCE OFF HIS RIGHT

FOREARM.

NEVER EVEN MAKES AN ATTEMPT TO

GRAB THE BALL WITH HIS LEFT

HAND.

HE FINALLY MAKES A PASS AT IT.

WOW, THAT'S SPECIAL.

>> FIRST COMPLETION AND THE

FIRST DOWN, AND THEN

EDGERRIN JAMES.

BROUGHT DOWN BY LARRY FOOTE AT

THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE.

>> WELL, THAT'S THE THIRD TIME

THE COLTS HAVE TRIED THE LEFT

SIDE OF THE STEELER DEFENSE, AND

THEY HAVE GOTTEN NOTHING.

>> TROY POLAMALU IN THE THICK OF

EVERYTHING.

EVERYONE WONDERS ABOUT THE HAIR,

AS WE DID.

WE ASKED HIM, "WHEN'S THE LAST

TIME A HAIRCUT?"

HE SAID, "USC, A TRIM."

>> SAID A COACH ASKED HIM TO DO

IT.

WE SAID, "IF A COACH ASKED YOU

NOW, WOULD YOU DO IT?"

HE GOES, "NO."

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

"I'M A GROWN-UP NOW."

>> "MY WIFE? YES."

[ WHISTLE BLOWS ]

WAS HE DRAWN OFFSIDE?

>> FALSE START, NUMBER 78,

OFFENSE.

5-YARD PENALTY -- REMAINS SECOND

DOWN.

>> TARIK GLENN, THE LEFT TACKLE.

>> TARIK GLENN, THE PLAYER THAT

JUST GOT BEAT, ON THE FAR RIGHT

OF YOUR SCREEN.

PEYTON'S MAKING CALLS.

WOW.

THAT IS THE MOST SUBTLE -- THAT

IS THE MOST SUBTLE OF DROPPING

YOUR HIPS.

HOWARD MUDD, THE OFFENSIVE LINE

COACH -- YOU DON'T LIKE FALSE

STARTS WHEN YOU'RE THE HOME

TEAM.

YOUR PLAYERS CAN HEAR THE

QUARTERBACK CLEARLY.

THERE'S REALLY NO EXCUSE FOR IT.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE, OFFENSIVE

TACKLES DON'T GET MUCH OF A

BREAK.

>> THE STEELERS, WHO WERE

TICKETED WITH 5 FALSE STARTS

BACK IN NOVEMBER, HAVE NOT

COMMITTED ONE TODAY.

HERE COMES THE PRESSURE, AND

MANNING IS SLUGGED FROM BEHIND

BY JAMES FARRIOR.

I MEAN THAT IN THE MOST POSITIVE

OF WAYS.

HE HAD A CLEAN HIT ON THE

QUARTERBACK.

COULDN'T SEE HIM.

>> WELL, IT'S ALL ABOUT

PRESSURE.

PEYTON MANNING, LIKE ANY OTHER

QUARTERBACK, IS JUST HUMAN WHEN

HE'S UNDER PRESSURE.

THERE'S NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT

HIM WHEN HE'S TRYING TO DODGE

PEOPLE THAT ARE IN HIS FACE.

HE MIGHT BE THE HIGHEST-RATED

QUARTERBACK IN THE LEAGUE, BUT

HE'S JUST ANOTHER GUY WHEN HE'S

ON THE GROUND.

AND BIG BEN IS INTO IT.

>> THIRD DOWN AND 24.

MANNING DOESN'T SEE MANY OF

THOSE.

TO REGGIE WAYNE ON THE FLANKER

SCREEN.

FLAG DOWN, AND WAYNE IS, AS

WELL, AT THE 35, WELL SHORT OF

THE FIRST DOWN.

TYRONE CARTER SEEING MORE AND

MORE DUTY IN THE STEELER

SECONDARY AS THE SEASON

DEVELOPED, MADE THE TACKLE.

>> INELIGIBLE MAN DOWNFIELD,

NUMBER 73 OF THE OFFENSE.

PENALTY IS DECLINED.

FOURTH DOWN.

>> AND THE STEELERS WILL GET THE

BALL ON FOURTH AND 12.

>> AND TONY DUNGY'S TEAMS JUST

DON'T MAKE A LOT OF MISTAKES.

AND THEY DO HAVE A PLAYOFF

HISTORY, AND IT'S NOT A GOOD ONE

WHEN THEY DON'T SCORE IN THE

FIRST QUARTER.

BUT TONY'S TEAMS TRADITIONALLY

JUST DON'T MAKE MISTAKES.

THEY DON'T BEAT THEMSELVES.

AND THIS IS A CATASTROPHIC START

FOR THE COLTS HERE IN THE FIRST

QUARTER OFFENSIVELY.

DEFENSIVELY, THEY'RE NOT DOING

ANY BETTER, EITHER.

>> AND THE PUNTER, HUNTER SMITH,

MIGHT NOT PUNT AN AVERAGE OF

3 TIMES A GAME.

THIS IS THE THIRD IN THE OPENING

QUARTER.

BEAUTIFUL HIT.

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL CHECKS THE

ONCOMING COLTS AND DOESN'T HAVE

A CHANCE, DOWN AT THE 18.

FIRST THERE WAS KELVIN HAYDEN,

THE ROOKIE FROM ILLINOIS.

IT WAS A VERY CONFIDENT GROUP OF

STEELERS THAT ARRIVED HERE IN

INDIANAPOLIS YESTERDAY

AFTERNOON.

>> YOU'RE RIGHT.

YOU'RE RIGHT, DICK.

THEY WERE.

>> YOU COULD SEE IT IN EVERY

FACE, COULDN'T YOU?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

>> THEY START FROM THE 19 WITH A

14-0 LEAD HERE IN THE OPENING

QUARTER.

AND ROETHLISBERGER ESCAPES THE

RUSH FOR A MOMENT.

DOWN HE GOES AT THE 9!

LARRY TRIPPLETT FINALLY FINISHED

THE DEAL.

>> WELL, MAYBE SOMETHING LIKE

THIS CAN GET THE COLTS FIRED UP

A LITTLE BIT DEFENSIVELY, 'CAUSE

THAT WAS JUST GOOD, DISCIPLINED

RUSHING BY THE DEFENSIVE LINE.

>> ON SECOND AND 20,

ROETHLISBERGER THROWS, AND IT'S

HINES WARD AGAIN, CLOSE TO A

FIRST DOWN OUT AT THE 26-YARD

LINE.

THAT PASS ON SECOND AND 20.

ARMEN?

>> AN UPDATE ON LEFT CORNERBACK

NICK HARPER.

HE'S GONE INTO THE LOCKER ROOM

FOR FURTHER OBSERVATION AND

TREATMENT FOR THAT INJURY TO HIS

LEFT KNEE.

MARLIN JACKSON, A ROOKIE FROM

MICHIGAN, HAS REPLACED HIM,

DICK.

>> JACKSON, WHO WAS THE

NUMBER-ONE DRAFT PICK OF THE

COLTS THIS YEAR, THE

EX-WOLVERINE, NOW PLAYING ON

THAT LEFT CORNER.

SHOTGUN ON THIRD AND 3.

FIVE RECEIVERS.

ROETHLISBERGER HIT FROM BEHIND

AND THEN SHOVEL-PASSES

INCOMPLETE.

THROWING TO ANTWAAN RANDLE EL,

WHO THOUGHT HE WAS HELD.

DWIGHT FREENEY AGAIN HAD INVADED

THE BACKFIELD.

>> WELL, WHAT A SURPRISE --

NUMBER 93 GETTING IN ON THE

QUARTERBACK.

LOOK HOW FAR OUT HE IS.

HE'S SO WIDE, MARVEL SMITH, THE

LEFT TACKLE, DOESN'T EVEN SHOW

UP IN THE PICTURE.

OOH, THAT IS SERIOUS THERE.

HE WENT UNDER THE LEGS OF

RAHEEM BROCK, HIS TEAMMATE ON

THE OTHER SIDE.

WHAT SPEED.

MARVEL SMITH BARELY GOT A TOUCH

ON DWIGHT FREENEY BEFORE HE WAS

ON ROETHLISBERGER.

>> SO, CHRIS GARDOCKI PUNTS FOR

THE FIRST TIME.

IT WAS THE INITIAL STOPPAGE BY

THE DEFENSE OF THE COLTS.

THE OTHER TIME ON THE

INTERCEPTION.

LEFT-FOOTED BOOT SPINS DOWN TO

TROY WALTERS.

AND WALTERS, WITH A FLAG DOWN.

AND ANOTHER ONE.

AND EVERY INDICATION IS THAT

GREAT EFFORT WILL BE COMING

BACK.

HE MADE IT TO THE 50-YARD LINE,

BUT...

>> DURING THE RETURN, ILLEGAL

BLOCK IN THE BACK, NUMBER 94 ON

THE RECEIVING TEAM.

10-YARD PENALTY, FIRST DOWN.

>> MANNING READING THAT DEFENSE,

AS THEY SHOW BLITZ.

AND FIVE ARE COMING.

MANNING JUST ABLE TO GET IT

AWAY, AND HE WAS WELL-COVERED,

REGGIE WAYNE.

DESHEA TOWNSEND HAD POSITION.

>> AND YOU GOT PEYTON MANNING

SHAKING HIS HEAD.

HE CAN'T FIND HARDLY ANYBODY

THAT HE IS LOOKING FOR.

OUTSIDE OF THE ONE COMPLETION

THAT MARVIN HARRISON ONE-HANDED,

WE HAVE SEEN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

OUT OF THE COLTS' PASSING GAME.

>> WELL, THEY HAD, FIRST

QUARTER, 25 YARDS OF OFFENSE, 24

BY HARRISON.

>> ON THAT ONE CATCH.

>> AND HE HAD TO GO ONE-HANDED

TO GET THAT.

HOW TOUGH CAN IT GET?

BLITZ AGAIN.

AND MANNING DUMPED AS HE TRIED

TO FIND REGGIE WAYNE AND NOT

CLOSE.

>> HE'S MOTIONING TO WAYNE TO

COME BACK AND BREAK YOUR PATTERN

OFF A LITTLE SOONER, BUT

PEYTON MANNING IS JUST GETTING

OVERRUN.

THIS TIME PRESSURE COMING.

HE TAKES A HIT LATE.

BOY, HE BOUNCED HIS HEAD OFF THE

TURF.

KIMO VON OELHOFFEN.

BUT, AGAIN, PEYTON MANNING GOT

RID OF THE FOOTBALL, EXPECTING

REGGIE WAYNE TO RUN A DIFFERENT

PATTERN THAN HE DID.

>> THIS IS THE KIND OF PRESSURE

THE CHARGERS PUT ON MANNING WHEN

THEY DEFEATED THE COLTS AFTER

WINNING THEIR FIRST 13,

INDIANAPOLIS, OUT OF A 3-4

DEFENSE, A LA THE STEELERS.

THIS THROW...

INCOMPLETE TO WAYNE.

AND HE HAD TWO MEN COVER HIM.

TYRONE CARTER WAS THERE FIRST.

AND ANOTHER QUICK THREE-AND-OUT

FOR THE COLTS.

>> AND I THINK THAT'S WHY PEYTON

THREW THE BALL LONG, BECAUSE

THAT WAS THE ONLY WAY HE DID WAS

TO TRY TO GET IT HIGH ENOUGH

THAT IT WOULDN'T BE INTERCEPTED.

THAT REALLY REDUCED THE CHANCES

OF WAYNE BEING ABLE TO MAKE A

PLAY ON IT.

BUT THIS IS [CHUCKLES] -- THIS

IS REALLY SOMETHING, WATCHING

THIS COLTS OFFENSE STRUGGLE.

14 POINTS WITH AN OFFENSE LIKE

INDIANAPOLIS, LET'S FACE IT,

IT'S NOT THAT BIG A DEAL.

THEY CAN DO IT, BUT THEY BETTER

START THINKING ABOUT LOOKING

LIKE A GOOD OFFENSIVE TEAM

PRETTY SOON.

>> HUNTER SMITH, THIS ONE NOT

QUITE AS GOOD AS HIS OTHER

KICKS.

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL AT THE 43.

AND TACKLED AT THE 45 BY

KELVIN HAYDEN.

THE SIDELINE FOR THE STEELERS IS

HOPPING, AS THEY LEAD, 14-0.

JEROME BETTIS HAS ENTERED THE

BACKFIELD ON THIS SERIES THAT

BEGINS AT THE 44.

>> ANOTHER OUTSTANDING FIELD

POSITION FOR THE STEELERS.

ANOTHER GOOD START.

>> ROETHLISBERGER GOING DEEP.

RANDLE EL.

AND THAT SHOULD BE A FLAG.

OH, MY.

IT WAS MARLIN JACKSON, THE

ROOKIE, WHO'S PLAYING BECAUSE

NICK HARPER INJURED EARLY.

IT APPEARED THAT JACKSON TACKLED

HIM BEFORE THE BALL ARRIVED.

>> WELL, THE BALL WAS

UNDERTHROWN.

SO, RANDLE EL HAS TO SLOW DOWN

AND WAIT FOR THE FOOTBALL.

NORMALLY, THIS BRINGS A FLAG.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

THAT'S MARLIN JACKSON,

NUMBER 28.

NOW, HE'S BEATEN THERE.

THE BALL IS UNDERTHROWN.

HOW THAT'S NOT INTERFERENCE, I

HAVE NO IDEA AT ALL.

>> I'M STUNNED.

>> THAT IS BLATANT INTERFERENCE

AND NOW THAT DIDN'T BRING A

FLAG.

AFTER LAST NIGHT, MAYBE THEY'RE

AFRAID TO THROW AN INTERFERENCE

FLAG.

>> IT MIGHT HAVE SOME EFFECT.

WILLIE PARKER ON THE SCREEN, AND

HE GOT IT UP TO FULL SPEED AND

AN 8-YARD PICKUP BEFORE

CATO JUNE COULD BRING HIM DOWN.

>> WELL, LOOK AT THAT.

NICK HARPER IS COMING BACK OUT

ONTO THE FIELD FOR THE COLTS.

THAT WAS SOME SHOT HE TOOK ON

HIS LEFT KNEE FROM THIS TEAMMATE

MIKE DOSS.

AND THAT IS REALLY GOOD NEWS FOR

THIS DEFENSIVE TEAM, THAT THEY

GET THEIR STARTING LEFT

CORNERBACK OUT THERE.

LOOK AT THAT.

THE CROWD APPRECIATES IT.

THEY NOTICED IT.

>> THEY SPOT THE BALL AT THE

INDIANAPOLIS 49.

THIRD AND 3.

>> VERRON HAYNES TAKES THE TOSS

AND WITH SECOND EFFORT PICKS UP

THE FIRST DOWN INSIDE THE 45.

HE IS A NICE COMPLEMENT TO

BETTIS AND PARKER.

HAYNES A GOOD PASS RECEIVER.

>> LET'S GO BACK AND LOOK AT

THAT HIT THAT NICK HARPER TOOK

IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

WATCH HIS LEFT KNEE.

LOOK HOW THAT THING FLEXES IN

THERE LIKE THAT.

LUCKILY, HE WAS ABLE TO GET IT

UP OFF OF THE GROUND AT THE LAST

MINUTE.

HE'S GOT SOME FLEXIBILITY THERE

TO BE ABLE TO COME BACK IN AND

PLAY.

GOOD FOR HIM.

>> AND REMEMBER, THE OTHER LEG,

THE THIGH, HAS A 3-STITCH WOUND

IN IT.

>> OH, I THINK AFTER THAT HIT,

THAT DIDN'T HURT ANYMORE.

>> SAD BUT TRUE.

FIRST DOWN.

AND IT'S PARKER.

TOPPLED AFTER A SHORT GAIN BY

BOB SANDERS, UP QUICKLY FROM HIS

SAFETY SPOT.

SANDERS, IN HIS SECOND YEAR,

GOING TO HONOLULU.

>> SO, WE HAVE THE TWO A.P.

ALL-PRO SAFETIES IN THIS GAME.

THE FREE SAFETY IS BOB SANDERS.

THE STRONG SAFETY IS

TROY POLAMALU, RIGHT THERE.

WE ASKED BILL COWHER LAST NIGHT,

"WHAT DO YOU THINK OF

BOB SANDERS?"

HE GOES, "I LOVE BOB SANDERS."

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

AND HE SAID "LOVE" --

>> HE DID.

>> "I LOVE BOB SANDERS."

AND I THINK BILL COWHER IS

ECHOING EVERY OTHER COACH IN

THIS LEAGUE.

>> SECOND AND 9.

ROETHLISBERGER CHASED BY

FREENEY.

FREENEY CAN'T GET HIM.

NOW HE THROWS IT SHORT AND

INCOMPLETE TO TUMAN, THE

TIGHT END.

THERE'S THAT MOBILITY.

>> 6'5", 241, AND LOOK AT THE

WAY BEN ROETHLISBERGER CAN MOVE

AROUND.

THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS

COMPLETELY MISSING FROM THE

MONDAY-NIGHT GAME.

AFTER THREE WEEKS OFF, COMING

OFF SURGERY, HE COULD NOT MOVE

ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THAT.

A LITTLE DOUG FLUTIE-LIKE THERE.

>> TURF SHOES.

HE SAID HE WAS WEARING ONLY TURF

SHOES NOW ON THE ARTIFICIAL

CARPET, AS WE HAVE TODAY.

MIKE VANDERJAGT, THE

PLACEKICKER, LEADING THE CHEERS

FOR THE COLTS.

>> IT'S WHAT ALL KICKERS SHOULD

BE DOING WHEN THEY'RE NOT

KICKING.

>> THAT'S LOVE AGAIN.

THIRD AND 9.

CHASED OUT OF THE POCKET.

THROWS DEEP DOWNFIELD!

ALMOST INTERCEPTED.

IN AND OUT OF THE HANDS OF

MIKE DOSS.

THREE MEN COVERING INTENDED

RECEIVER CEDRICK WILSON.

>> OH, BEN DID A GREAT JOB AGAIN

OF BUYING HIMSELF SOME EXTRA

TIME.

HE IS RUN OUT OF THE POCKET THAT

TIME BY MONTAE REAGOR, AND HE

DOES A GOOD JOB OF SETTING UP,

SQUARING UP.

BUT THE BALL JUST FLOATS ON HIM.

THE BALL JUST SAILS A LITTLE

BIT.

THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A

COMPLETION IF HE COULD HAVE

MAYBE HAD IT JUST A FOOT,

18 INCHES LOWER.

>> CHRIS GARDOCKI, WITH

TROY WALTERS BACK INSIDE THE

10-YARD LINE.

GARDOCKI, WHO HAS KICKED WELL

OVER 1,100 TIMES IN HIS LONG NFL

CAREER WITHOUT HAVING A PUNT

BLOCKED.

SENDS IT VERY HIGH.

WALTERS GONNA LET IT BOUNCE, AND

NOW THE COLTS WILL START ON THE

2-YARD LINE.

PEYTON MANNING, 2-FOR-9 AT THE

START, ONLY 37 YARDS, OPENS THIS

SERIES ON HIS OWN 2.

GIVEN UP THE MIDDLE TO

EDGERRIN JAMES, AND THAT'S THE

ONLY PLACE THAT THE COLTS HAVE

NOT TRIED, AND IT DOESN'T GET

MUCH YARDAGE THERE, EITHER.

THEY'VE TRIED THE STRETCH PLAY,

THEY'VE TRIED THE PASSES, AND

THE STEELERS HAVE ALL THE

ANSWERS.

>> WELL, APPARENTLY PITTSBURGH

TOOK OFFENSE TO EDGERRIN JAMES

RUNNING ON THEM FOR 124 YARDS IN

LATE NOVEMBER.

AND TOM MOORE, HE'S GOT TO BE

WONDERING RIGHT NOW.

NOW, PEYTON MANNING HAS SO MUCH

FLEXIBILITY IN CALLING HIS

PLAYS.

BUT UP TO THIS POINT AND TIME,

THE PLAYBOOK IS RUNNING DRY.

>> ONLY A YARD ON THE FIRST PLAY

AND NOW THE STRETCH TO JAMES.

AND HE FINALLY SEES SOME

DAYLIGHT.

GETS OUT ACROSS THE 10.

LOOKS AS IF HE HAS A FIRST DOWN

AT THE 13.

CHRIS HOPE AND IKE TAYLOR IN THE

SECONDARY MAKE THE TACKLE.

>> WELL, HE TRIED THE STRETCH

PLAY TO THE RIGHT SIDE AND

DIDN'T GET MUCH GOING.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY

REALLY RUN IT TO THE LEFT, AND

THEY GET SOME GOOD BLOCKING OUT

IN FRONT.

THEY GET SOME GOOD WORK, AND

THEY FINALLY LET EDGERRIN JAMES

GET INTO THE SECOND LEVEL BEFORE

HE HAS TO TAKE SOMEBODY ON.

AND DESHEA TOWNSEND FINDS OUT

RIGHT OFF THE BAT THAT'S NOT

EASILY DONE.

BUT THAT'S THE FIRST TIME JAMES

HAD A CHANCE.

>> RYAN LILJA HAD THE CLEARING

BLOCK.

HERE'S JAMES THE OTHER WAY AND

DRAWS A CROWD, AS HE CROSSES THE

15.

CLARK HAGGANS, THE UNDERRATED

LINEBACKER -- NOT SO IN

PITTSBURGH BUT AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

WITH JOEY PORTER GETTING ALL THE

HEADLINES, IT'S EASY TO OVERLOOK

HAGGANS, THE LINEBACKER ON THE

OTHER SIDE.

HE HAD 9 SACKS THIS YEAR, A

CAREER HIGH, AND 4 FORCED

FUMBLES.

HE MAKES PLAYS.

>> WERE YOU TONGUE-IN-CHEEK WHEN

YOU SAID, "JOEY PORTER GETS ALL

THE HEADLINES"?

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

>> HE DID THIS WEEK.

>> HE GOT THEM ALL HERE IN

INDIANAPOLIS THIS WEEK.

>> SECOND DOWN AND 6.

MANNING.

OPEN IS DALLAS CLARK, AND THE

TIGHT END HAS A FIRST DOWN AT

THE 38-YARD LINE.

IKE TAYLOR BROUGHT HIM DOWN.

>> OH, HOW DESPERATELY DID

INDIANAPOLIS NEED THAT PLAY?

THEY'RE COMING OUT FROM THEIR

OWN END ZONE, AND THEY NEEDED A

BIG PLAY.

AND THIS IS JUST VINTAGE

INDIANAPOLIS.

DALLAS CLARK COMING ALL THE WAY

ACROSS THE FIELD.

AND FINALLY THEY'RE GETTING TO

MOVE THE CHAINS -- BACK-TO-BACK

FIRST DOWNS.

THEY MUST BE FLUSH WITH SUCCESS,

THESE GUYS.

FINALLY, THEY'RE STARTING TO

LOOK LIKE THEIR OLD SELVES.

>> 8 1/2 MINUTES LEFT IN THIS

OPENING HALF, 14-0 THE DEFICIT

STARING AT MANNING AND THE

COLTS.

MAKING MORE MOVES THAN A ROMAN

TRAFFIC OFFICER.

AND IT'S JAMES FINDING DAYLIGHT

AGAIN, THE LEFT SIDE.

POLAMALU FINALLY MAKES THE HIT.

FIRST DOWN AT THE 45.

THREE FIRST DOWNS IN SUCCESSION.

>> WELL, POLAMALU MAKES A HIT,

BUT THEN POLAMALU GOES FOR A

RIDE.

EDGERRIN JAMES, BOY, IS HE

FINISHING A RUN HERE.

AND FINALLY WE'RE SEEING SOME

POWER OUT OF THIS RUNNING GAME.

AGAIN, HE'S GONNA GET INTO THE

SECOND LEVEL.

BUT WATCH POLAMALU HERE.

THERE HE COMES.

HE GOES DOWN. HE'S BACK UP.

GREAT FINISH AND GREAT POWER.

AND LOOK AT THE MARK ON THE

HELMET OF EDGERRIN JAMES.

THAT'S FROM TROY POLAMALU.

>> EVERYTHING BUT THE NUMBER 43

THERE.

15 YARDS ON THAT LAST RUN.

MANNING.

COMPLETE.

IT'S TO THE TIGHT END FLETCHER,

BRYAN FLETCHER, HIS FIRST CATCH.

ANOTHER FIRST DOWN, FOUR IN A

ROW.

>> AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, THE

CROWD HERE STARTING TO SENSE,

"WHOA, OUR BOYS ARE FINALLY

WAKING UP."

>> BRYAN FLETCHER, A SIXTH-ROUND

PICK BY THE BEARS AND PICKED UP

BY THE COLTS.

HE PLAYED AT UCLA.

DOMINIC RHODES IN FOR

EDGERRIN JAMES ON THIS PLAY.

AND RHODES ON THE STRETCH.

AND THE STEELERS SWING HIM WIDE

TO CUT OFF THE PATH.

A GAIN OF A COUPLE.

JAMES FARRIOR AND BRETT KEISEL

IN ON THE TACKLE.

>> BUT IF THE COLTS CAN JUST

START MAKING A LITTLE NOISE WITH

THEIR RUNNING GAME, ALL OF A

SUDDEN, THE PLAY-ACTION THAT

FOLLOWS BECOMES IMPORTANT.

ALL OF A SUDDEN IT BECOMES

CREDIBLE.

>> YOU CAN SELL THEM THE FAKE

AND GIVE MANNING MORE TIME.

JAMES BACK IN.

QUICK THROW UNDERNEATH TO

REGGIE WAYNE, SHORT YARDAGE TO

THE 30, ONLY A 4-YARD PICKUP.

FARRIOR THE TACKLER.

>> WE SEE PEYTON MANNING UP AT

THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, GOING

THROUGH HIS CHECK-OFFS, CHANGING

PROTECTION, CALLING PLAYS,

AUDIBLING.

HE SAID ONE THING ABOUT IT,

THOUGH.

"SOMETIMES I THINK I CAN TALK A

TEAM OFF OF A BLITZ."

HE SAID, "NOT THE STEELERS."

HE SAID, "I KNOW GOING IN, IF

THEY'VE MADE A COMMITMENT TO

WHERE THEY'RE GONNA COME ON THE

OVERLOAD BLITZ, I CAN'T DO

ANYTHING UP THERE THAT'S GONNA

TALK THEM OFF OF IT.

THEY'RE COMING NO MATTER WHAT I

DO."

>> THAT "BLITZBURGH" MENTAL

STATE.

THE SPIRIT OF COWHER'S DEFENSE.

HERE COMES POLAMALU WITH A

RUNNING START, BUT THEY MAKE THE

PLAY TO FLETCHER AND A FIRST

DOWN.

SO, THEY PICKED THE RIGHT CALL,

DID MANNING THERE, AS POLAMALU

WAS FLYING IN.

>> BUT IT'S A TEAM GAME.

IT WORKED BECAUSE BRYAN FLETCHER

MAKES THE ADJUSTMENT.

BRYAN FLETCHER IS READY FOR THE

FOOTBALL.

WE SAW BEFORE PEYTON MANNING

LOOKING FOR RECEIVERS THAT

WEREN'T THERE.

FLETCHER REALIZES IT'S A BLITZ.

HE PASSES POLAMALU ON THE WAY

AND IMMEDIATELY TURNS AROUND AND

BECOMES A TARGET.

NOW POLAMALU, HE TIMES THIS

PRETTY WELL, BUT NOT MUCH YOU

CAN DO ABOUT IT WHEN IT'S A

COORDINATED OFFENSE.

>> THAT WAS INDIANAPOLIS' FIRST

THIRD-DOWN CONVERSION IN THIS

OPENING HALF.

FIVE STRAIGHT FIRST DOWNS ON

THIS DRIVE THAT BEGAN AT THE 2.

EDGERRIN JAMES, EXCELLENT

RECEIVER.

CAUGHT 44 PASSES DURING THE

REGULAR YEAR.

FARRIOR AND TAYLOR COLLABORATED

ON THE STOP.

>> AND FINALLY WE'RE LOOKING AT

THE OFFENSE THAT WE ALL EXPECTED

TO SEE.

THEY'RE IN SYNC.

THEY'RE MAKING JUST THE EASY

PLAYS.

YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THERE, THEY

WERE TIED FOR SECOND IN THE NFL,

SCORING 37 TIMES.

NOT A COMBINATION OF TOUCHDOWNS

AND FIELD GOALS --

37 TOUCHDOWNS.

>> JAMES.

TO THE 10, TO THE 8.

>> JAMES FARRIOR, PLEASE REPORT

TO THE LOCKER ROOM.

PICK UP SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT

THAT EDGERRIN JAMES JUST FAKED

YOU OUT OF RIGHT THERE.

WHAT A MOVE!

WHAT A MOVE JAMES PUTS ON

FARRIOR, WHO'S UNBLOCKED.

WATCH JAMES FARRIOR COME INTO

THE PICT-- WHOA!

[ LAUGHS ]

LOOK AT THAT MOVE THERE, THAT HE

GOES BACK TO THE INSIDE, AND HE

LEAVES JAMES FARRIOR GASPING AT

AIR.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN,

EDGERRIN JAMES AND THE RUNNING

GAME A FACTOR.

>> 44 YARDS, AS YOU SEE ON OUR

STAT TRAX.

FIRST AND GOAL AT THE 9.

JAMES UP THE MIDDLE.

AND THE STEELERS WAITING AFTER A

COUPLE.

JOEY PORTER LED THE CHARGE.

>> WELL, THIS IS REALLY

INDIANAPOLIS DOING WHAT THEY SO

DESPERATELY WANTED TO DO --

ESTABLISH EDGERRIN JAMES.

AGAIN, HE WAS THE DIFFERENCE

MAKER IN THE FIRST GAME -- HIM

BEING ABLE TO RUN THE BALL AND

POUND IT IN THERE.

THEY KEPT THE STEELERS OFFENSE

ON THE SIDELINES.

AND FINALLY WE'RE SEEING SOME

SIGNS OF THAT RUNNING GAME.

>> 12th PLAY THAT BEGAN BACK AT

THE 2-YARD LINE.

THIS IS THE 13th NOW.

FAKE TO JAMES.

>> JAMES IS WIDE OPEN.

>> HE WAS OPEN.

BURROWS HIS WAY TO THE GOAL

LINE.

DOESN'T GET IN.

LARRY FOOTE DENIED THE

TOUCHDOWN.

>> THAT WAS ONLY APPARENT TO

EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS

STADIUM.

>> EVEN I SAW THAT ONE!

>> AFTER THE FAKE, NOBODY FROM

PITTSBURGH GETS OUT ON

EDGERRIN JAMES.

ALL THE SUDDEN, AT THE LAST

MINUTE, DESHEA TOWNSEND COMES

UP, TRIES TO GET IN ON IT.

>> JAMES -- YOU KNOW A LOT OF

TIMES YOU'LL SEE A BACK MAKE A

FAKE LIKE THAT.

JAMES ALMOST DIDN'T TURN AROUND.

ALL OF THE SUDDEN, HE TURNED

AROUND JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME.

HERE WAS THE BALL.

>> MANNING WAS GOING THERE ALL

ALONG.

>> THIRD AND GOAL.

>> JAMES -- NO, IT IS MUNGRO.

JAMES MUNGRO, BUT NO PLAY, NO

PLAY.

A FLAG DOWN.

THERE WAS MOVEMENT BEFORE THE

SNAP.

>> AND NOBODY IS HAPPIER ABOUT

THAT THAN TRAVIS KIRSCHKE.

>> FALSE START, NUMBER 78,

OFFENSE.

5-YARD PENALTY -- REMAINS THIRD

DOWN.

>> THE SECOND ONE CALLED ON

TARIK GLENN.

>> SO, TOUCHDOWN DENIED.

IT'S THIRD AND GOAL NOW FROM THE

6-YARD LINE.

>> TARIK GLENN -- YOU SEE HIM

RIGHT THERE -- THE LEFT TACKLE

COMES UP AND OUT OF HIS STANCE

TO GO DOWN AND MAKE THE DOWN

BLOCK.

THAT'S, AGAIN -- THAT'S A LITTLE

OF THAT RUST.

IT'S HARD TO SHAKE.

>> THAT'S AS ANIMATED AS

TONY DUNGY WILL GET.

>> YOU JUST DON'T GET FALSE

STARTS AT HOME.

YOU'RE AT HOME, FOR GOD'S SAKE.

[ WHISTLE BLOWS ]

>> AND THIS TIME, IT'S

AARON SMITH, WHO LURCHED

OFFSIDE.

DIDN'T MAKE CONTACT, BUT THAT

INDUCED THE RIGHT TACKLE, DIEM,

TO MOVE.

>> THEY HOPE.

JAKE SCOTT, 73, CAME OUT AND

WENT AFTER SMITH.

HE BETTER HAVE CAUGHT HIM IN

THE NEUTRAL ZONE.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

HE DID.

>> HALF THE DISTANCE TO THE

GOAL, NUMBER 95.

STILL THIRD DOWN.

>> AND THIS HUNGRY CROWD FOR

SOMETHING POSITIVE, LIKE THAT

CALL.

FIRST STEELER PENALTY.

>> I THINK IF THEY'RE GONNA KICK

A FIELD GOAL, THEY MIGHT ELECT

TO GO WITH A PASS.

>> 3-YARD LINE.

THIRD DOWN AND GOAL.

>> THAT'S FROM ALL MY YEARS OF

BEING AN OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

IN THE LEAGUE.

>> [ LAUGHS ]

YOU'D SAY RUN IT.

>> RUN IT!

>> THREE WIDE RECEIVERS.

STOKLEY IN THE SLOT RIGHT.

HARRISON FAR RIGHT AND WAYNE TO

THE LEFT.

EDGERRIN JAMES THE RUNNING BACK.

AND IT'S JAMES.

AND HE DOESN'T GET MUCH AT ALL.

SECOND EFFORT, A YARD, AND

AARON SMITH WAS THERE FIRST.

SO, IT'S FOURTH AND GOAL AT THE

2, AND OUT COMES VANDERJAGT.

THEY'LL KICK THE FIELD GOAL.

>> YEAH, AND AFTER NOT EVEN

GETTING A SNIFF.

THEY RAN THE FOOTBALL, BUT THEY

GOT NOTHING.

THIS IS A STOUT DEFENSIVE

FOOTBALL TEAM AGAINST THE RUN.

AND, TONY, JUST COME AWAY WITH

POINTS.

>> THAT'S TOO LONG A DRIVE, A

9:00 DRIVE FROM THEIR OWN 2-YARD

LINE TO THEIR OPPONENTS' 2-YARD

LINE, AND NOW THEY'LL SETTLE FOR

THE 3, APPARENTLY.

JUST A 20-YARD ATTEMPT.

JOSE CORTEZ, THE WELL-TRAVELED

KICKER -- WITH DALLAS EARLIER

THIS YEAR -- HAD BEEN PICKED UP

IN DECEMBER BY INDIANAPOLIS FOR

HIS KICKOFF LENGTH.

AND THERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF IT.

HE POUNDS ONE HALFWAY INTO THE

END ZONE, AND IKE TAYLOR TAKES

THE TOUCHBACK.

WE'LL SEE NOW COWHER'S MOVE.

14-3 -- WILL HE TAKE ANY

CHANCES?

WELL, THERE'S A SAFE PLAY, THE

SCREEN TO VERRON HAYNES.

AND HE IS DUMPED AT THE 19-YARD

LINE, A LOSS OF 1.

ROBERT MATHIS, A SPEEDY, SMALL

DEFENSIVE END/LINEBACKER AT

6'2", 235.

>> THE BALL CAME OUT OF THERE

KIND OF FUNNY.

DID SOMEBODY GET A HAND ON THIS

THING?

YEAH, RIGHT THERE,

DWIGHT FREENEY.

FREENEY JUST GRAZED IT WITH A

FINGERTIP.

AGAIN, HAYNES WAS ABLE TO STAY

WITH IT, BUT DWIGHT FREENEY, HE

DID TOUCH IT.

>> SO, IT'S SECOND DOWN AND A

LONG 10.

MARVIN HARRISON, THE

EVER-LACONIC POSITION.

>> MARVIN ALWAYS DEEP IN

CONVERSATION WITH HIS TEAMMATES.

>> AND ON SECOND DOWN, THE DRAW

PLAY, AND IT'S PARKER PICKING UP

3.

NICK HARPER TACKLES PARKER.

>> AND THAT WAS A GOOD TACKLE BY

NICK HARPER.

FOR A GUY THAT'S GOT A CUT ON

HIS RIGHT LEG, A REALLY

FLEXED-OUT KNEE ON HIS LEFT THAT

FORCED HIM INTO THE LOCKER ROOM.

THAT WAS A GOOD EFFORT.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

INDY TRYING TO GET THE CROWD

BACK IN IT HERE.

THEY COULD USE THEIR HELP.

>> PARKER THE RUNNING BACK.

ROETHLISBERGER DEEP DOWN THE

MIDDLE, INCOMPLETE.

AND A FLAG DOWN.

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL WAS HELD.

>> PRIOR TO THE PASS, HOLDING,

NUMBER 21 OF THE DEFENSE.

5-YARD PENALTY -- AUTOMATIC

FIRST DOWN.

>> WELL, THEY FLAGGED

BOB SANDERS.

MIKE DOSS WAS CERTAINLY ACTING

LIKE -- BOB EXPRESSING HIS

DISPLEASURE WITH BEING THE GUY

THAT GOT FLAGGED.

THE STEELERS NOW HAVE

3 TIME-OUTS.

THE ROLES MIGHT HAVE SHIFTED

RIGHT HERE.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> THE WAY BEN HAS BEEN THROWING

THE FOOTBALL -- BILL COWHER BY

NATURE LIKES TO SIT ON A LEAD.

BUT THE WAY BEN HAS BEEN

THROWING IT, I'D TRUST HIM.

>> FOUR WIDES AND VERRON HAYNES

IN THE BACKFIELD.

HAND-OFF TO HAYNES.

TRIPPED UP AS HE HIT THE LINE OF

SCRIMMAGE.

GOT UP.

THEY DIDN'T MARK HIM DOWN.

SO, APPARENTLY, HE FELL OVER HIS

OWN BLOCKER, AND BRACKETT AND

MARLIN JACKSON MAKE THE TACKLE.

SECOND DOWN AT THE 32.

CLOCK RUNNING.

>> THE STEELERS -- THEY'RE GONNA

BE CONTENT TO GO ON IN WITH THIS

14-3 LEAD.

>> WHAT A POWERFUL START TO THIS

PLAYOFF GAME.

THE OPENING DRIVE SO INCREDIBLY

IMPRESSIVE, AS

BEN ROETHLISBERGER, A 36-YARD

PASS TO HEATH MILLER AND THEN

ANOTHER 18 YARDS TO MILLER, AND

FINALLY A TOUCHDOWN THROW TO

RANDLE EL, AS THEY MARCHED

84 YARDS IN 10 PLAYS TO SCORE,

7-0, AND MADE IT LOOK TOO EASY.

[ WHISTLE BLOWS ]

ROETHLISBERGER TAKES A KNEE,

FINAL PLAY OF THE OPENING HALF.

A 14-3 PITTSBURGH STEELER

ADVANTAGE.

AND THE STEELERS, TRUE TO THEIR

PROMISE, PLAY WELL ON THE ROAD.

THEY WERE 6-2 THIS YEAR ON THE

SEASON, AND THEY CERTAINLY WERE

OUTSTANDING, ESPECIALLY IN THAT

FIRST QUARTER.

>> AND THE STEELERS RIGHT NOW

HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF FANS OUT IN

COLORADO, DON'T THEY?

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

THOSE BRONCO FAN SAID, "WE WANT

THE HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE NEXT

WEEK."

>> THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.

THAT'S WHERE THE

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WOULD BE

IF PITTSBURGH WINS.

>> IF INDY WINS, DENVER COMES TO

INDIANAPOLIS.

DOMINIC RHODES MUFFS THE OPENING

KICKOFF OF THE SECOND HALF AND

THEN RETURNS OUT TO THE 19-YARD

LINE.

SO, LET'S SEE HOW MANNING AND

THE COLTS HAVE ADJUSTED AFTER

THE DEFENSE OF PITTSBURGH

STYMIED THEM MOST OF THE FIRST

HALF.

THEY COME OUT THROWING, AND IT'S

A SCREEN TO JAMES, WELL-READ BY

IKE TAYLOR.

CAME UP QUICKLY TO MAKE THE

TACKLE AND A GAIN OF ONLY 4.

MANNING HANDING OFF TO JAMES,

TRYING THAT LEFT SIDE, WHERE

THEY'VE HAD MORE SUCCESS, AND HE

DRAGS A TACKLER TO THE 27, WHERE

IT WILL BE THIRD AND 2.

JAMES FARRIOR AROUND HIS ANKLES.

MANNING HAS COMPLETED NOW

7 PASSES IN A ROW, GOING BACK

TO THE END OF THE OPENING HALF.

WHAT'S THE CALL HERE ON THIRD

AND 2?

THE ONLY PLAYOFF WIN WHEN

TRAILING AT THE HALF --

SUPER BOWL V.

>> THAT WAS A WHILE AGO.

>> IS THAT THE JIM O'BRIEN

SUPER BOWL?

>> THEY WERE THE BALTIMORE COLTS

BACK THEN.

>> O'BRIEN KICKING A FIELD GOAL

TO WIN A LOW-SCORING GAME.

IN HEAVY TRAFFIC, ABLE TO THROW

IT TO WAYNE, AND REGGIE WAYNE

HAS THE FIRST DOWN AT THE 35.

MANNING WAS IN HEAVY TRAFFIC,

AND SO WAS WAYNE.

>> WELL, AND ONE OF THE FEW

TIMES WE'VE SEEN WHERE PEYTON

HAS GONE DOWNFIELD AND A

RECEIVER WAS EXACTLY WHERE HE

EXPECTED HIM TO BE.

THIS WAS A LASER SHOT FROM

PEYTON, AND DESHEA TOWNSEND,

HARD TO HAVE A WHOLE LOT BETTER

COVERAGE.

BUT REGGIE WAYNE DOES A GOOD JOB

OF SCREENING TOWNSEND AWAY WITH

HIS BODY.

>> PHONE-BOOTH THROW BY MANNING

RIGHT OVER THE TOP.

EDGERRIN JAMES LOOKED AS IF HE

WAS GOING TO GET MORE, AND THE

CROWD, YOU COULD FEEL THE SWELL

OF THEIR ENTHUSIASM.

BUT TROY POLAMALU ENDED THE

PARTY QUICKLY AT THE 40-YARD

LINE.

NOW THEY'RE GONNA MARK IT AT THE

39.

HERE HE COMES, NUMBER 43, THE

FLOWING LOCKS -- IT'S MORE OF A

BLOCK THAN IT IS A TACKLE.

NO ATTEMPT AT WRAPPING UP, BUT

HE PUTS A SHOULDER RIGHT ON THE

THIGH, AND THAT GETS IT DONE.

>> GAIN OF ONLY 3, WHEN IT

LOOKED AS IF IT WAS DESTINED FOR

MUCH BETTER.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

QUICK THROW, AND IS IT

INTERCEPTED BY POLAMALU?

>> NO, THE OFFICIAL'S WAVING IT

OFF.

HE'S MARKING IT DOWN AT THE 49.

AND POLAMALU QUICKLY TRYING TO

INFLUENCE BY HEADING TOWARD THE

GOAL LINE.

>> DEFENSIVE BACKS WORK ON THIS

EVERY DAY.

THEY CALL IT THE TIP DRILL

BECAUSE THE BALL GETS HIT, AND

UP IT GOES.

AND TROY POLAMALU JUST TRYING TO

MAKE UP GROUND TO GET THERE.

WHOA.

HE INITIALLY GOT HIS HANDS UNDER

THE BALL.

WHEN HE FIRST DOVE FOR THAT

BALL, HE GOT HIS HANDS

UNDERNEATH THERE.

THAT MIGHT BE WORTH A SECOND

LOOK.

>> NO RED FLAG FROM COWHER.

>> WELL, POLAMALU'S NOT ARGUING,

SO, HE FEELS HE LOST IT

AFTERWARDS.

>> THIRD AND 7.

QUICK THROW TO CLARK, AND A

QUICK HIT BY CHRIS HOPE THAT

DENIES A FIRST DOWN.

>> LOOK AT IT AGAIN.

IT LOOKED LIKE TROY POLAMALU

GOT BOTH HIS HANDS UNDERNEATH

THE FOOTBALL INITIALLY.

I MEAN, RIGHT THERE HE'S KEEPING

THE BALL OFF THE GROUND, BUT

THEN...

>> THERE.

>> ...HE LOSES IT.

YEAH, IT COMES OFF HIS HANDS.

YEP, IT CAME OFF HIS HAND AND

ROLLED UP HIS CHEST A LITTLE

BIT.

INITIALLY, THAT WAS FABULOUS.

>> POLAMALU, WHO HAD AN

INTERCEPTION OF MANNING IN THAT

NOVEMBER GAME.

AND YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHERE

YOU'RE GONNA FIND HIM.

HE HAD ONE LAST WEEK AGAINST

CINCINNATI.

HUNTER SMITH.

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL, FAIR CATCH AT

THE 23-YARD LINE.

>> TROY POLAMALU, A MAN OF DEEP

FAITH, A VERY SPIRITUAL MAN.

>> AND PASSIONATE.

HE USED THAT WORD FOUR OR FIVE

TIMES IN OUR CONVERSATION.

PASSIONATE ABOUT LIFE AND ABOUT

PLAYING THIS GAME AND HIS

RELIGION.

WILLIE PARKER SHOWING YOU THAT

4.3 SPEED AROUND THE CORNER.

CLOSE TO A FIRST DOWN.

>> WELL, THIS DRIVE RIGHT NOW IS

GOING TO TELL US I THINK A LOT

ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF THIS

FOOTBALL GAME.

INDIANAPOLIS CAME OUT AFTER ALL

THE ADJUSTMENTS THEY MADE AT

HALFTIME.

WASN'T ABLE TO GET ANYTHING

DONE.

RIGHT NOW I THINK THE STEELERS

HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY

SERVE NOTICE THAT THE COLTS ARE

GONNA HAVE TO SHIFT GEARS

DRAMATICALLY IF THEY'RE GONNA

WIN THIS GAME.

>> YOU SAW ROETHLISBERGER'S

RATING -- 105-PLUS.

HE WAS THIRD IN THE LEAGUE IN

THE REGULAR SEASON, BEHIND

MANNING AND CARSON PALMER.

AND HE'S ACCURATE.

RIGHT ON THE MONEY TO

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL AND A FIRST

DOWN AT THE 46-YARD LINE.

>> WELL, WE'RE GETTING A CLINIC

ON HOW TO THROW THE FOOTBALL,

AND IT'S BEING PUT ON BY

NUMBER 7.

YOU MIGHT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SEE

THE OTHER PROFESSOR, BUT THE

VISITING PROFESSOR IS THE GUY

THAT'S TEACHING THE CLASS RIGHT

NOW.

LOOK AT THE ACCURACY THAT

BEN ROETHLISBERGER DEMONSTRATES

IN THROWING A FOOTBALL.

>> AND THE QUICKNESS HE GETS THE

BALL OUT.

13-FOR-20 IN THE GAME FOR

BIG BEN AND 185 YARDS,

2 TOUCHDOWNS.

CROWD NOT SO ENTHUSIASTIC.

NOT MUCH NOISE.

AND THIS WILL HELP OUT, AS THEY

ARE ABLE TO HIT PARKER IN THE

BACKFIELD.

MONTAE REAGOR FIRST TO INVADE.

>> THE STEELERS, A LOT OF TIMES

IN TRYING TO RUN THE BALL THIS

AFTERNOON HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH

COLTS DEFENSIVE LINEMEN IN THEIR

BACKFIELD.

THEN, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW

JOHN TEERLINCK, THEIR

DEFENSIVE LINE COACH --

PENETRATION IS EVERYTHING.

GET UPFIELD.

ATTACK THE QUARTERBACK.

THERE'S BIG JOHN.

WHEN I SAY "BIG JOHN," YOU CAN

IDENTIFY WHICH ONE IS JOHN.

BUT IT IS GET UPFIELD.

PLAY THE PASS.

IF IT'S A RUNNING PLAY, HEY,

THE GUY WILL COME TO YOU.

>> LONGTIME DEFENSIVE LINEMAN IN

THE LEAGUE.

SECOND AND 13.

SCREEN AND IT SHOULD WORK.

BLOCKERS FOR PARKER, AND HE'S

ALL THE WAY TO THE 45 OF THE

STEELERS' BEFORE BOB SANDERS,

ANOTHER LOW-CHOPPING TACKLE,

JUST SHY OF THE FIRST DOWN.

>> WELL, SCREEN TO SPEED, AND

THAT'S WHAT THE STEELERS ARE

DOING HERE.

THEY'RE GOING TO

DWIGHT FREENEY'S SIDE.

WILLIE PARKER GIVES HIM THE

WAVE.

JUST LETS FREENEY GO ON BY.

HE KIND OF DIDN'T LET HIS

BLOCKERS GET SET UP.

HERE GOES DWIGHT FREENEY.

GOES RIGHT BY PARKER, AND BY THE

TIME HE GETS TO BEN, THE BALL IS

GONE.

PARKER COULD HAVE MAYBE SHOWN A

LITTLE MORE PATIENCE.

LET MARVEL SMITH AND FANECA GET

SET UP DOWNFIELD.

>> THIRD AND A LONG YARD, AND

"THE BUS" IS IN FOR PITTSBURGH.

BETTIS, A DETROIT NATIVE, WANTS

TO GO TO THE SUPER BOWL IN THE

MOTOR CITY.

SUPER BOWL XL -- ISN'T THAT --

YOU SAID EXTRA LARGE, BUT HE IS.

>> I HEARD SOMEBODY SAY

SUPER BOWL 40.

I THOUGHT IT WAS

SUPER BOWL EXTRA LARGE.

WELL, I PASSED EXTRA LARGE WHEN

I WAS ABOUT 12.

>> HE QUALIFIES.

>> GOOD HOLE INSIDE.

JEROME DIDN'T HAVE TO TAKE

ANYBODY ON UNTIL HE WAS 2 OR

3 YARDS INTO THAT RUN.

GOOD SURGE, GOOD BLOCKING.

HARTINGS, THE CENTER, HEADED TO

HIS SECOND PRO BOWL.

KENDALL SIMMONS, GOOD WORK

INSIDE.

>> PARKER BACK IN.

AND IT'S PARKER.

BIG HOLE AGAIN.

HE SLASHES TO THE 37-YARD LINE,

A GAIN OF AT LEAST 5 MORE BEFORE

NICK HARPER CAN MAKE THE TACKLE.

INTERESTING STORY, AND THERE ARE

SO MANY OF THEM IN THIS GAME.

WITH ALL THE STAR POWER OF THESE

TWO TEAMS, SO MUCH OF THE EFFORT

OF THEIR SEASON DEPENDED ON MEN

THAT WEREN'T EVEN DRAFTED --

FREE AGENTS, PLAYERS THAT WERE

OVERLOOKED EVEN IN COLLEGE,

WILLIE PARKER BEING ONE OF THEM.

AS A SENIOR, HIS LAST GAME AT

NORTH CAROLINA, ON SENIOR DAY,

DIDN'T EVEN GET ON THE FIELD.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

RUSHED FOR MORE YARDS THIS YEAR

AS A PRO THAN HE DID FOUR YEARS

WITH THE TAR HEELS.

HE GETS IT AGAIN.

AND HAS A FIRST DOWN, AS HE

DRIVES THROUGH THE TACKLE OF

DAVID THORNTON, DOWN TO THE 31.

>> AND TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

IN THE HISTORY OF THE STEELERS

FRANCHISE, YOU SEE THAT

BARRY FOSTER SITS ATOP THE LIST

WITH A 1,690, BUT WILLIE PARKER

MAKES AN APPEARANCE.

AFTER EVERY SERIES,

WILLIE PARKER COMES OFF TO FIND

BETTIS WAITING FOR HIM.

>> SAID, "HE'S TUTORED ME NOT

ONLY ON THE FIELD BUT MY

BEHAVIOR OFF THE FIELD."

PARKER HIT IN THE BACKFIELD THIS

TIME, BROUGHT DOWN BY CATO JUNE.

YOU SAID HE WON THE JOB BY

DEFAULT TWO YEARS AGO BECAUSE

BETTIS WAS INJURED IN THE

PRESEASON.

AND THEN DUCE STALEY, THEY HAD

ACQUIRED, WAS INJURED.

AND COACH COWHER SAID, "WELL,

LET'S GIVE THIS KID A TRY."

AND HE SAID, "THE MORE I SAW OF

HIM, I SAID, 'YOU KNOW WHAT?

I THINK WE MAY JUST HAVE OUR

BEST PLAYER STARTING THE

SEASON.'"

>> WELL, IT'S NOT A SURPRISE

HOW QUICKLY PURE, RAW SPEED

IMPRESSES A COACH.

THEY LOVE SPEED.

>> AND HE'S NOT THE TYPICAL BIG

RUNNER THE STEELERS -- YOU SAW

THOSE 1,000-YARD-PLUS RUSHERS ON

THAT LAST GRAPHIC.

WELL, SECOND DOWN AND LONG.

AND ROETHLISBERGER WITH A PUMP,

AND THEN HE'S GOING TO TAKE THE

SACK.

FUMBLES THE BALL!

HE WAS WHISTLED DEAD.

NO FUMBLE.

THE PLAY HAD BEEN WHISTLED DEAD

AT THE 39-YARD LINE.

>> AND IS BEN HURT?

BEN WAS STILL DOWN.

OKAY, HE GOT UP LATE.

>> REMEMBER, HE HAS THAT INJURED

THUMB.

HE WEARS A GLOVE, AS YOU CAN

SEE, ON THE RIGHT HAND.

IN FACT, HE LIKES IT.

HE SAID EVEN WHEN HE'S NOT

INJURED, HE MIGHT USE IT.

HE HAS A SPLINT ON THAT RIGHT

THUMB.

>> AND HE'S SHAKING HIS RIGHT

ARM.

LET'S WATCH DWIGHT FREENEY.

AS HE COMES AROUND, THEY GOT

HEATH MILLER ON HIM.

THEN, MARVEL SMITH PICKS HIM UP.

BUT HE STILL, AFTER THE DOUBLE

TEAM, GETS IN ON ROETHLISBERGER.

>> BOY, IS HE INCESSANT.

>> AND WHEN BEN GOES DOWN, OH,

HE TAKES A SHOT.

HE TAKES A SHOT FROM BEHIND

RIGHT ON THE BACK OF HIS RIGHT

ARM.

AND BEN WAS SHAKING THAT ARM,

TRYING TO SHAKE IT OFF.

>> THIRD DOWN, 16.

AND THE THROW INCOMPLETE.

VERRON HAYNES WAS THE INTENDED

RECEIVER, BUT THAT PASS THROWN

UP INTO THE WEDGE THAT WAS

FORMING ON THE SCREEN PASS.

SO, THE STEELER DRIVE STALLS

WITH PRESSURE ON ROETHLISBERGER

AT THE 39 OF THE COLTS.

>> YEAH, LET'S GO BACK A PLAY.

WATCH AT THE VERY END.

COMING FROM THE RIGHT, RIGHT

THERE.

OH, THAT IS A HELMET BY

ROBERT MATHIS RIGHT ON THE BACK,

RIGHT BETWEEN HIS ELBOW AND HIS

SHOULDER, RIGHT IN THE TRICEP

AREA.

THAT'LL LEAVE A MARK.

>> GARDOCKI, 1,162 PUNTS NOW

WITHOUT A BLOCK.

HE'S HAD SOME PARTIALLY BLOCKED

THIS YEAR.

JACKSONVILLE GOT A PIECE OF ONE

IN A GAME AT PITTSBURGH, BUT

NEVER TOTALLY SMOTHERED.

>> YEAH, BUT IF IT'S BLOCKED,

AND IT GOES A YARD OVER THE

LINE, IT'S NOT A BLOCK.

>> HIGH KICK.

FAIR CATCH, TROY WALTERS.

BEAUTIFUL SHOT OF THE

CITY CIRCLE, DOWNTOWN

INDIANAPOLIS, THE CAPITAL CITY

OF THE HOOSIER STATE.

INDOORS, THE RCA DOME, 55,000

EAGER TO FIND SOMETHING TO YELL

ABOUT, AS THEIR COLTS ARE DOWN,

14-3.

MANNING STARTS AT THE 9-YARD

LINE ON THIS POSSESSION.

THE PUMP.

MANNING HAS TO RUN FOR HIS LIFE

WITH HAMPTON CHASING HIM AND

THEN THROWS IT AWAY.

BIG, OLD CASEY HAMPTON, AT 325,

TRACKING MANNING.

>> LET'S GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK

AGAIN AT THAT HIT ON

BEN ROETHLISBERGER.

HE PULLS IT IN.

HE'S UNDER THE CONTROL THERE OF

FREENEY, BUT RIGHT THERE, FROM

THE RIGHT, ROBERT MATHIS PUTS

HIS HAT RIGHT ON TO THE BACK OF

THE ARM.

AND THEN DURING THE COMMERCIAL

BREAK, THE MEDICAL STAFF OF THE

STEELERS, THEY'RE TESTING BEN

AND THE FEELING HE'S GOT IN HIS

HAND.

THEY WERE RUBBING THE BACK OF

HIS ARM, BUT THAT CLEARLY WAS A

LOOK AT TRYING TO SEE HOW HIS

FEELING WAS IN HIS FINGERS.

>> YOU SAW THAT GLOVE, MOLDED

JUST PERFECTLY WITH A SPLINT TO

PREVENT THAT CHIP THUMB FRACTURE

THAT HE SUFFERED MIDSEASON.

MARVIN HARRISON OVERTHROWN BY

MANNING.

AGAIN UNDER PRESSURE, MANNING.

ARMEN, WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR US?

>> WELL, JUST TO ADD A LITTLE

BIT, DAN, TO YOUR OBSERVATIONS,

BEN HAS A HUGE WELT ON HIS

TRICEP AREA IN THE BACK OF THAT

RIGHT ARM.

AND, AS YOU SAID, THE TEAM

DOCTOR HAS KIND OF BEEN

SCRATCHING RIGHT ABOVE THE WRIST

AREA, TRYING TO SEE IF THERE'S

SOME SENSATION THAT BEN CAN FEEL

IN THAT RIGHT ARM.

HE'S REALLY BEEN WORKING ON IT.

WE'LL SEE HOW IT AFFECTS BEN

WHEN HE COMES BACK OUT.

BACK TO YOU.

>> AND NONPLUSSED IS

ROETHLISBERGER.

HE DIDN'T WINCE AS THEY WERE

WORKING ON HIM.

SO, FROM THAT IMAGE, IT DOESN'T

APPEAR TO BE SERIOUS.

WE'LL SEE.

SERIOUS NOW FOR MANNING.

THIRD AND 10 DEEP IN HIS OWN

END.

HERE THEY COME.

AND MANNING -- THAT'S A SAFETY!

>> THAT'S A SAFETY.

>> OH!

>> THEY'RE GONNA PUT HIM AT THE

1.

>> THEY GAVE HIM PROGRESS AT THE

1, AND THAT WAS GENEROUS AT

BEST.

JAMES FARRIOR WITH A CHARGE ON

MANNING.

>> IT'S WHERE YOU GET HIT, NOT

WHERE YOU END UP.

I THOUGHT HE ACTUALLY WAS AT THE

GOAL LINE WHEN HE GOT HIT.

BUT LET'S TAKE A GOOD LOOK AND

BE DEFINITIVE ABOUT IT.

NO, THAT'S A GOOD -- HIS FEET

WERE IN THE FIELD OF PLAY WHEN

HE FIRST GOT HIT.

GIVE PETE MORELLI -- THAT'S A

GOOD SPOT.

NOW THAT I LOOK AT IT A SECOND

TIME, THAT'S A GOOD SPOT BY

PETE MORELLI.

BUT OH, SO CLOSE.

>> AND NOW HUNTER SMITH HAS TO

KICK IN A 10-YARD SNAP FROM THE

BACK OF HIS END ZONE.

HE DRIVES IT OUT.

THIS IS A GREAT RETURN

OPPORTUNITY FOR

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL, WHO HAD TWO

SCORES THIS YEAR.

AND HE'S ALL THE WAY TO THE

30-YARD LINE BEFORE JUSTIN SNOW,

THE MAN WHO SNAPPED THE BALL,

CAN MAKE THE TACKLE.

EIGHT YEARS -- HE'S NEVER MISSED

A GAME, PEYTON MANNING, AND ONLY

FIVE TIMES HAS THE DEFENSE HELD

HIM UNDER 50% PASSING.

AND HE'S RIGHT AT THAT LEVEL

AGAINST THE STEELERS TODAY.

>> WELL, HOW CAN YOU HAVE A

DRIVE WORSE THAN THAT?

RUNNING FOR YOUR LIFE FROM

CASEY HAMPTON, A SEVERE

OVERTHROW, AND A SACK ALMOST FOR

A SAFETY.

>> AND THEN, ON THE PUNT RETURN,

30-YARD LINE FOR THE STEELERS.

AND WILLIE PARKER, WHO GETS 10,

ALMOST 11 YARDS, AS THE STEELERS

INVADE THE 20-YARD LINE.

SANDERS AND DOSS, THE TWO

SAFETIES, WITH THE TACKLE.

>> WHEN THE COLTS TRY TO GET OUT

OF THEIR OWN END ZONE, THEY GET

THE BALL AT THEIR 9-YARD LINE.

NOBODY BOTHERS TO BLOCK

NOSE TACKLE CASEY HAMPTON.

THAT'S NOT DWIGHT FREENEY.

THAT'S NOT L.C. GREENWOOD.

THAT'S NOT JOE GREENE.

THAT'S A RUN PLAYER.

THAT IS A GUY WHOSE JOB IT IS TO

STUFF THE RUN.

AND YET YOU GET YOUR QUARTERBACK

FLUSHED OUT OF THE POCKET.

>> "I HAD HIM."

>> CASEY.

>> HE HAD HIM.

CASEY'S TELLING HIM.

"I WAS GONNA GET HIM."

>> THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CASEY'S

FIRST SACK IN A LONG TIME.

>> JEROME BETTIS NOW AT FULLBACK

OR TAILBACK, AND HE GETS THE

CALL.

AND BETTIS, A BIG HOLE, FINALLY

CHOPPED DOWN AT THE 13-YARD

LINE.

AND THE TERRIBLE TOWELS ARE OUT,

AS WITH AN 11-POINT LEAD, THE

STEELERS ARE DEEP IN COLTS

TERRITORY.

THAT'S JOHNNIE AND

GLADYS BETTIS, THE MOTHER AND

FATHER.

JEROME TOLD US HE GETS THOSE

QUICK FEET FROM HIS MOTHER, WHO

LOVES TO DANCE.

>> AND THEY HAVE NEVER MISSED A

REGULAR-SEASON GAME THAT

JEROME BETTIS HAS PLAYED SINCE

HE CAME INTO THE

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE.

>> ISN'T THAT SOMETHING?

200-PLUS GAMES.

>> THAT IS BEYOND BELIEF.

THEY ONLY HAVE EVER MISSED TWO

PRESEASON GAMES -- ONE IN MEXICO

AND I THINK ONE IN, LIKE, JAPAN.

>> IT WAS JAPAN.

BETTIS FALLING FORWARD TO THE

11-YARD LINE.

THAT WON'T BE ENOUGH FOR THE

FIRST DOWN.

BRINGS UP THIRD DOWN.

IS IT BETTIS' FINAL SEASON WITH

THE STEELERS?

THERE'S CONSIDERABLE SPECULATION

ABOUT THAT.

>> I DID THE SUGAR BOWL WHEN

THIS YOUNG MAN WAS A SOPHOMORE

AT NOTRE DAME.

AND I REMEMBER ONE TIME, WHEN HE

BROKE A 50-SOME-YARD RUN, RAN

AWAY FROM THE DEFENSIVE BACKS.

I TURNED TO FRANK GIFFORD, AND I

MADE SOME COMMENT ABOUT "DID YOU

JUST SEE WHAT I SAW?"

AND LITTLE DID I KNOW HOW LONG I

WAS GONNA CONTINUE TO KEEP

SEEING HIM.

>> WHAT A GREAT ATHLETE AND WHAT

A GREAT PERSONALITY TO MATCH.

AND HE'S UP THE MIDDLE.

HE'S DOWN TO THE 1-YARD LINE.

ALMOST A TOUCHDOWN FOR BETTIS,

WHO IS THE CLOSER, AS HE

DESCRIBES HIMSELF.

HE HAD 52 YARDS LAST WEEK

AGAINST CINCINNATI, 91 CAREER

TOUCHDOWNS IN THE REGULAR

SEASON.

>> WELL, KUDOS TO THE GUYS UP

FRONT.

THAT IS GREAT BLOCKING.

THAT'S OUTSTANDING BLOCKING.

MIKE DOSS DOESN'T WRAP UP.

HE JUST KIND OF GETS LUCKY.

HE COMES IN LOW, AND, REALLY,

BETTIS KIND OF TRIPS OVER HIM.

BUT THAT WAS SUPERIOR BLOCKING

UP FRONT.

>> THEY SPOT THE KNEE DOWN AT

THE 2, WHERE IT'LL BE FIRST AND

GOAL.

AND TIME-OUT HAS BEEN CALLED.

IT DOES NOT LOOK GOOD FOR THE

FAITHFUL OF THE

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS WITH THE

STEELERS, ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE

DRIVE.

AND IT'S THE BUS, JEROME BETTIS,

WHO LINES UP AT TAILBACK.

>> KREIDER AT FULLBACK -- A LOT

OF BEEF.

>> THE BUS -- STOPPED AT THE 1.

DID HE FUMBLE THE BALL?

NO, THEY'RE GONNA RULE IT DOWN.

HE LOST THE BALL.

THERE WAS A SCRAMBLE IN THE END

ZONE, BUT IT'S RULED DOWN AT THE

1-YARD LINE.

WHERE DO YOU TACKLE

JEROME BETTIS?

YOU LOOK AT THAT BODY.

YOU HAVE TO AIM LOW IF YOU'RE A

LITTLE GUY, AND THAT'S WHAT DOSS

AND SANDERS HAVE DONE.

>> AND YET HE IS SO THICK

THROUGH THE LEGS THAT IF YOU

DON'T GO SO LOW THAT YOU TAKE

HIS LEGS AWAY FROM HIM, HE'S

GONNA BREAK YOUR HELMET.

THOSE THIGHS WILL SHATTER YOUR

FACE MASK.

LOOK AT THOSE THINGS.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

>> THE BUS IS IN THE TOUCHDOWN

GARAGE AGAIN!

JEROME BETTIS WITH SOME

PITTSBURGH FROSTING IN

INDIANAPOLIS -- 20-3.

>> AGAIN, HIS MOM AND DAD

CELEBRATING.

BILL COWHER SPITTING.

STEELERS FOOTBALL.

MUCH TO THE DISMAY OF EVERYONE

WEARING BLUE.

>> 30 YARDS IN 6 PLAYS AFTER THE

PUNT RETURN BY RANDLE EL.

>> THE GOOD NEWS IS, HE GETS UP

IN THE AIR.

THE BAD NEWS IS, HE LANDED ON

SOMEBODY.

>> AND THAT'S THE KIND OF

GESTURE -- "YOU BET.

WE CAME HERE TO WIN, AND WE GOT

THEM RIGHT WHERE WE WANT THEM."

>> WELL, BECAUSE BILL COWHER --

NOT MANY COACHES IN THIS LEAGUE

COULD TAKE THE AIR OUT OF THE

FOOTBALL LIKE BILL COWHER.

WE'RE GONNA SEE THE STEELER

GROUND GAME.

WE'RE GONNA SEE A WHOLE BUNCH OF

IT EVERY TIME PITTSBURGH GETS

THE BALL NOW.

>> JEFF REED ADDS THE EXTRA

POINT, AND IT'S 21-3.

JEROME BETTIS WITH A PAYOFF FROM

A YARD OUT ON A 6-PLAY, 30-YARD

DRIVE THAT BOOSTS THE STEELER

LEAD HERE LATE IN THE THIRD

QUARTER, JUST 1:26 REMAINING IN

THE THIRD PERIOD, TO 21-3.

>> BUT, THEN AGAIN, YOU KNOW,

TOUCHDOWN DRIVES, YOU CAN SEE A

LOT OF THEM THAT START ON THE

30-YARD LINE.

>> THAT SHORT FIELD IS A COACH'S

DREAM.

AND BETTIS, WHO HAS ACCEPTED HIS

ROLE -- HE KNOWS THAT PARKER IS

THE STARTER, WILL PLAY MOST OF

THE GAMES.

HE SAYS, "HE CAN DO HIS WORK.

I'LL PICK UP THE SPARES," A

BOWLING TERM.

HE'S A BIG -- ONCE BOWLED A 300

GAME.

THIS IS DOMINIC RHODES, AND

DOMINIC MAKES IT TO THE 29-YARD

LINE.

THE STEELERS SAID THERE WAS A

FUMBLE ON THE PLAY.

NOT SO SIGNALED BY THE

OFFICIALS.

>> I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYBODY RULE

IT DOWN YET.

>> MIKE LOGAN COMES OUT OF THE

PILE WITH IT.

AND THEY SAY HE WAS DOWN BY

CONTACT.

WHAT DOES PEYTON MANNING HAVE

IN THAT RIGHT ARM NOW TO INSPIRE

THE COLTS?

SO FAR, 14 OUT OF 22 FOR

ROETHLISBERGER, AND MANNING ONE

INCOMPLETE PASS FROM .500 ON

THE DAY.

IT'S CHIDI IUWOMA, RESERVE

DEFENSIVE BACK, SPECIAL TEAMER,

INJURED ON THE KICK RETURN.

THEY WERE 13-0 IN LATE NOVEMBER,

LOOKING AT THE PERFECT SEASON.

OF COURSE, THAT WAS THE TALK

AROUND THE NATION, THE NFL.

WOULD THEY BE THE LONG-FORGOTTEN

UNBEATEN TEAM FOR AN ENTIRE

SEASON, MATCHING THE

MIAMI DOLPHINS?

AND SAN DIEGO CHARGERS, A 3-4

DEFENSE, AND THEY PUT PRESSURE

ON MANNING THROUGHOUT THE DAY

AND DEFEATED THE COLTS, 26-17.

AS DAN POINTED OUT EARLIER, THE

STUDY OF THOSE TAPES BY ALL THE

DEFENSIVE COORDINATORS AROUND

THE LEAGUE MIGHT HAVE OPENED

SOME OF THE SECRETS, AND THE

STEELERS HAVE JUST OUTPLAYED

THEM.

HERE COMES PORTER.

AND INCOMPLETE, THE PASS,

INTENDED FOR BRYAN FLETCHER.

>> YEAH.

YOU KNOW, DICK, IT'S NOT SO MUCH

A SECRET AS IT IS HOW TO GET IT

DONE.

I MEAN, IT'S ALL PRESSURE.

PRESSURE IS THE SAME THING THAT

DEFEATS EVERY QUARTERBACK.

AND THE QUESTION IS, THIS

OFFENSIVE LINE FROM INDIANAPOLIS

HAS ALWAYS DONE SUCH A GOOD JOB.

PEYTON DOES SUCH A GOOD JOB

GETTING RID OF THE BALL IN A

HURRY.

PRESSURE IS NOT HEART.

IT'S NOT EASY TO COME BY.

AND YET NOW THE STEELERS ARE

DOING IT, TOO.

IT'S UNDENIABLE THAT THEY'RE

GETTING IT DONE IN MANNING'S

FACE.

>> AND MEANWHILE,

MARVIN HARRISON HAS ONLY ONE

CATCH, THAT ONE-HANDED --

POLAMALU!

THAT WAS SIMILAR TO THE MOVE HE

MADE AGAINST CINCINNATI ON THE

INTERCEPTION LAST WEEKEND IN THE

SECOND HALF.

>> OH, HE UNDERCUTS

REGGIE WAYNE, AND, BOY, DOES HE

LAY OUT FOR THIS FOOTBALL.

LOOK AT THIS CLOSE BY

TROY POLAMALU.

SEE, HE'S AT THE SAFETY, BUT

HE'S GONNA UNDERCUT WAYNE.

THERE HE COMES UNDERNEATH, AND,

MAN ALIVE, DOES HE LAY OUT FOR

THAT THING.

LOOK HOW CLOSE THAT WAS TO A

PICK.

THIS GUY HAS MORE ATHLETICISM IN

HIS LITTLE FINGER THAN A LOT OF

GUYS HAVE ALL OVER.

HE IS SOMETHING ELSE.

>> WELL, MANNING'S SAID HE'S

NEVER SEEN ANYONE COVER SO MUCH

GROUND AS A DEFENSIVE PLAYER AS

POLAMALU.

OUT OF THE BACKFIELD.

EDGERRIN JAMES.

TWISTS AWAY FROM HOPE AND ACROSS

THE 35.

BUT THAT LEAVES LITTLE HOPE --

FOURTH AND 2.

>> YEAH, CHRIS HOPE, HE HUNG IN

THERE.

HE DIDN'T GET HIM CLEANLY THE

FIRST TIME, BUT RATHER THAN FALL

OFF, HE STAYED WITH HIM.

AND THE CROWD HERE -- YOU KNOW,

PEYTON MANNING WANTS TO GO FOR

IT.

HE'S SENDING THE PUNT TEAM OFF

THE FIELD.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

TONY DUNGY SENDS THE PUNT TEAM

OUT.

THEY'RE HALFWAY OUT THERE, AND

PEYTON MANNING SHOOS THEM BACK.

>> FOURTH AND 2.

MANNING FEELS HE CAN GET THE

FIRST DOWN.

IF NOT, THIS GAME BASICALLY IS

GONNA GRIND TO A HALT HERE LATE

IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

>> TONY'S SAYING, "YOU TAKE

OWNERSHIP OF IT."

>> SO, THEY NEED 2 YARDS TO SPUR

ANY HOPE HERE.

AND LESS THAN THAT, IT'S THE

STEELERS' BALL DEEP IN

INDIANAPOLIS TERRITORY.

QUICK THROW.

COMPLETE.

BRANDON STOKLEY HAS HIS FIRST

CATCH OF THE GAME, AND HE'S

CLOSE TO MIDFIELD AND A FIRST

DOWN.

THE GAMBLE PAID FOR MANNING AND

THE COLTS.

OH, MY!

AND NOW THE FOURTH QUARTER OPENS

WITH THE COLTS CONVERTING A

GAMBLE ON FOURTH AND 2 DEEP IN

THEIR OWN END -- A COMPLETED

PASS TO BRANDON STOKLEY.

SO, IT'S INDIANAPOLIS ON THEIR

OWN 49, TRAILING THE STEELERS,

21-3.

QUICK THROW TO REGGIE WAYNE, AND

WAYNE GETS VERY LITTLE, AS

JAMES FARRIOR READ THAT SLIP

SCREEN.

>> WELL, EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT

HOW FAST THE COLTS DEFENSE IS.

I THINK THE STEELERS DEFENSE

MIGHT HAVE READ MAYBE ONE STORY

TOO MANY ABOUT THAT, 'CAUSE

THEY'RE PUTTING ON A PRETTY GOOD

DISPLAY OF THEIR OWN ABOUT HOW

QUICKLY THEY CAN GET TO THE

FOOTBALL.

THEY ARE FLYING TO THE BALL WITH

NOT JUST ONE GUY -- MULTIPLE

TACKLERS GETTING THERE AT THE

SAME TIME.

>> SECOND DOWN AND 9.

HERE COMES THE BLITZ.

MANNING GOES.

HAS A MAN OPEN.

DALLAS CLARK, THE TIGHT END.

SPINS BACK.

20, 10.

CLARK.

TOUCHDOWN!

>> PEYTON MANNING, WAVING OFF

THE PUNT TEAM, BUYS HIS TEAM A

TOUCHDOWN.

>> AND DALLAS CLARK, THE

NUMBER-ONE PICK OUT OF IOWA A

COUPLE YEARS AGO, A FARM KID

FROM LIVERMORE, IOWA.

PLAYED 8-MAN FOOTBALL IN THAT

PART OF THE COUNTRY.

>> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, THIS IS

GREAT PASS PROTECTION.

LOOK HOW PEYTON MANNING IS ABLE

TO STEP UP INTO THE POCKET

AGAINST THIS STEELERS' ZONE.

DALLAS CLARK SITS DOWN, AND THEN

YOU THINK DALLAS CLARK CAN'T

RUN?

YOU THINK THE GUY CAN'T COVER A

LITTLE GROUND?

HE RAN AWAY FROM THE STEELERS

SECONDARY, INCLUDING POLAMALU.

>> 14:09 LEFT IN THE FOURTH

QUARTER.

THE 50-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS,

MANNING TO DALLAS CLARK, AWAKENS

THIS CROWD.

IT'S 21-10, PITTSBURGH.

AND NOW LET'S SEE WHAT

TONY DUNGY'S DEFENSE CAN DO TO

CHECK BEN ROETHLISBERGER AND THE

STEELER "O."

CORTEZ, BIG, HIGH, SPINNING KICK

DOWN TO THE 4-YARD LINE TO

IKE TAYLOR.

NO, IT'S RICARDO COLCLOUGH.

AND COLCLOUGH OUT TO THE 26-YARD

LINE ON HIS FIRST RETURN OF THE

AFTERNOON.

NOW IT'S UP TO THE DEFENSE OF

THE COLTS TO MAINTAIN WHAT

LITTLE MOMENTUM WAS BUILT BY

THAT 50-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS AND

THE GAMBLE BY MANNING ON FOURTH

AND 2 AT HIS OWN 36-YARD LINE.

>> IF EVER TONY DUNGY COULD

BESEECH HIS DEFENSE, AND

RON MEEKS THERE MAKING THE CALL

FOR A THREE-AND-OUT, THIS WOULD

BE THE MAGICAL TIME TO DO IT.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

>> AND THE CROWD SENSES JUST

THAT.

PARKER.

BREAKS A TACKLE.

AND PICKS UP 14 YARDS.

BOB SANDERS WITH THE STOP.

>> OH, AND MIKE DOSS HAD HIM.

MIKE DOSS HAD HIM AT THE LINE OF

SCRIMMAGE.

THAT'S THE DEFENSE THAT YOU DIAL

IT UP.

YOU GOT YOUR STRONG SAFETY RIGHT

THERE, AND HE JUST CAN'T WRAP

HIM UP.

MIKE DOSS JUST CAN'T BRING HIM

DOWN, AND WILLIE PARKER, WITH

THAT ELUSIVENESS.

>> OFFICIALLY, A 13-YARD RUN BY

PARKER, AND NOW HE HAS 53 IN THE

GAME, AS YOU CAN SEE.

RIGHT BACK TO PARKER.

>> I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT

BILL COWHER WITH A LEAD JUST

CONTINUES TO RUN THE FOOTBALL.

IT'S SO OUT OF CHARACTER.

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

>> HE'S GONNA POUND IT AT YOU

NOW.

>> BILL COWHER LEARNED A LONG

TIME AGO THE FUNDAMENTALS OF HOW

TO HOLD A LEAD.

HAVING THE OTHER TEAM'S OFFENSE

ON THE SIDELINE IS A BIG PART OF

IT.

>> CLOCK RUNNING, UNDER 13:00 TO

GO.

14 RUNS, ONLY 4 PASSES THIS HALF

FOR PITTSBURGH.

>> BUT WHEN THEY'RE RUNNING LIKE

THIS, THIS IS WHEN BEN DOES

THROW THE BALL.

HE'S SO GOOD AT IT.

HE CAN BE SO SELECTIVE.

>> A RUN TO PARKER.

HE JUST ACCELERATES SO QUICKLY

ON THE TURN UPFIELD.

MAKES IT TO THE 46, A LITTLE

MORE.

HE'S A COUPLE, 3 YARDS SHY OF A

FIRST DOWN.

BROCK AND HARPER MADE THE

TACKLE.

>> NINE AND COUNTING.

>> PARKER OUT, BETTIS IN.

KEN WHISENHUNT MAKING THE CALLS.

THAT'S DICK HOAK, THE VETERAN

COACH.

BEEN WITH THE STEELERS FOR FOUR

DECADES AS A PLAYER AND COACH.

>> AND KEN WHISENHUNT, A GUY

THAT IS -- HIS NAME'S IN PLAY.

HE'S LIABLE TO END UP A

HEAD COACH SOMEWHERE BEFORE NEXT

SEASON GETS STARTED.

>> THIRD AND 2.

STEELERS ARE 6-FOR-9 ON

THIRD DOWN TODAY.

BETTIS.

MAKE THAT -- WELL, IT'S GONNA BE

CLOSE.

THEY MAY HAVE TO MEASURE.

THE SPOT IS RIGHT ON THE

YARDSTICK.

SIMON AND BRACKETT TEAMED UP ON

THE TACKLE.

>> WELL, IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, YOUR

INITIAL THOUGHT WAS THAT

JEROME BETTIS WASN'T GONNA BE

CLOSE TO THIS.

AND THEN HE GOT THAT SECOND

DRIVE, AND HE GOT ABOUT A YARD

FURTHER THAN I THOUGHT HE WAS

GOING TO.

>> SEE TONY DUNGY SAY, "IT'S

CLOSE."

SO, FIRST DOWN, STEELERS, OR

FOURTH AND INCHES.

>> LOOKS LIKE IT'S GONNA BE

JUST INCHES SHORT.

>> YOU ARE RIGHT.

INCH, MAYBE.

>> MAN.

EAGLE EYES.

>> GREAT ONES NEVER LOSE IT.

THEY NEVER LOSE IT, THE GREAT

ONES.

>> [ Laughing ] YEAH.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU NEVER HAD IT.

>> SO, BILL COWHER --

>> LOOK AT THIS.

BILL COWHER IS GONNA GO FOR IT.

AT LEAST HE'S GONNA LINE UP LIKE

IT.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

I GUESS THAT LAST DRIVE OF THE

COLTS -- THE WAY HIS DEFENSE

HAVE BEEN THROTTLING THE COLTS

BEFORE, I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT HE

WOULDN'T PUNT THE BALL AWAY.

THIS HAS TO BE BASED ON WHAT

INDIANAPOLIS DID LAST DRIVE.

>> AND INDIANAPOLIS JUMPS

OFFSIDE, POINTING AT THE

OFFENSIVE LINE OF THE STEELERS,

BUT NO FLAG THROWN BY THE

LINESMAN.

>> THERE WAS CONTACT IN THERE,

SO SOMEBODY'S GOT TO PAY.

>> THE LINESMAN WHO CAME IN FROM

THE FAR SIDE DIDN'T THROW A

FLAG.

HE JUST REACTED TO THE CONTACT

ON THE PLAY.

>> WELL, THEY HAVE TO DO

SOMETHING.

>> THERE'S NO FOUL ON THE PLAY.

OFFENSE DID NOT MOVE.

DEFENSE DID NOT COME ACROSS AND

MAKE CONTACT.

WE'LL REPLAY THE DOWN, FOURTH

DOWN.

>> NOBODY MADE CONTACT?

BILL COWHER'S SAYING, "THAT'S

NOT POSSIBLE."

THEY'RE ENTIRE DEFENSIVE TEAM

CAME ACROSS THE BALL.

NOW SOMEBODY DID FLINCH.

IT LOOKED LIKE SOMEBODY IN THE

INTERIOR FLINCHED.

PETE MORELLI IS SAYING THAT NO

ONE FROM INDIANAPOLIS MADE

CONTACT?

>> WELL, THE NO-CALL MAY BE THE

JUSTICE RULING.

>> WELL, I JUST DIDN'T THINK --

I DIDN'T THINK A NO-CALL'S AN

OPTION.

NOW LET'S SEE IF THERE'S A

TWITCH OVER THERE BY THE LEFT

GUARD SOMEWHERE.

OH, ALAN FANECA.

ALAN FANECA DID TWITCH.

THAT IS A FALSE START.

WELL, PETE MORELLI JUST WANTS

THIS PLAY TO GO AWAY.

AND, BY THE WAY, A FALSE START,

IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF REVIEW.

IT'S NOT A CASE WHERE YOU GO

UPSTAIRS AND DETERMINE THERE WAS

A FALSE START.

THAT'S OUTSIDE THE PARAMETERS OF

REVIEW.

>> ROETHLISBERGER AT 241, ALWAYS

A THREAT TO SNEAK IN THIS

SITUATION, AND HE DOES.

HE'S STACKED UP AND ROLLS OFF

THE PILE.

AND LET'S SEE THE MARK.

IT'S GONNA BE INTERESTING.

>> WELL, IT LOOKED TO ME LIKE

THE ONLY SURGE FORWARD THAT BEN

GOT WAS WHEN HE GOT HIT FROM

BEHIND BY JEROME BETTIS.

>> THE BUS WITH A LITTLE BUMPER

JOB, HUH?

>> HE WAS PLAYING REGGIE BUSH

THERE, I THINK.

>> SHADES OF NOTRE DAME, UP TO

THE NORTH OF OUR LOCATION.

IT LOOKS AS IF HE DID ADVANCE

THE BALL.

>> THERE MUST BE SOMETHING ABOUT

THIS BUILDING THAT MAKES

BILL COWHER TAKE RISKS.

REMEMBER WHEN HE STARTED THE

SECOND HALF OF THAT MONDAY-NIGHT

GAME WITH AN ONSIDE KICK AND

DIDN'T GET IT AND GAVE

INDIANAPOLIS GREAT FIELD

POSITION, AND THEY SCORED?

THIS IS OUT OF CHARACTER.

>> YEAH, 21-10 LEAD.

YOU HAVE 11 MINUTES LEFT IN THE

GAME.

AND HE TAKES THE RISK AND HAS

THE REWARD.

>> HE GOT THE REWARD.

[ CROWD BOOS ]

GIVE HIM CREDIT -- BILL.

YOU GOT HIM.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

AT FIRST, BEN ISN'T GOING HARDLY

ANYWHERE.

HERE COMES JEROME BETTIS IN.

[ Laughing ] HE HELPS GIVE BEN A

LITTLE BIT OF A PUSH.

TRYING TO GO RIGHT BEHIND

KENDALL SIMMONS AND HARTINGS.

AND THEN HE GETS A LITTLE HELP

FROM BETTIS.

AND HE GOT WHAT I THOUGHT IS A

PRETTY DARN GOOD SPOT.

>> YEAH, HE DID.

SO, FIRST DOWN FOR THE STEELERS,

AND BETTIS STAYS IN.

AND ROETHLISBERGER WITH A THROW.

INCOMPLETE.

INTENDED FOR HINES WARD.

COVERED BY NICK HARPER.

HARPER'S PLAYED A SOLID GAME,

CONSIDERING ALL HE'S GONE

THROUGH IN THE LAST 24 HOURS.

>> WELL, RIGHT NOW THE COLTS ARE

PROTECTING A LEAD BUT FEELING A

LITTLE VICTIMIZED, BECAUSE THAT

LAST EXCHANGE RIGHT THERE,

ALAN FANECA DID QUIVER AT LEFT

GUARD.

THAT WAS AN OFFENSE, AND IT

WASN'T CALLED, AND THEN THEY

WENT AHEAD AND SNUCK IT, AND

THEY GOT ON THE SNEAK, AND THEY

GOT THE FIRST DOWN.

SO, THE COLTS RIGHT NOW

DEFENSIVELY -- DON'T LOSE FOCUS

JUST BECAUSE YOU'VE HAD A

COUPLE BAD THINGS GO AGAINST

YOU.

>> BALL RIGHT IN THE EARHOLE OF

THE HELMET PAINTED ON THE MIDDLE

OF THE FIELD, AND THE STEELERS,

THAT'S KIND OF SYMBOLIC OF THE

WAY THEY PLAYED TODAY.

AND THERE'S ANOTHER BIG RUN BY

BETTIS, POWERING HIS WAY DOWN TO

THE 41-YARD LINE, CLOSE TO

ANOTHER FIRST DOWN.

>> THE GUY CAN STILL PLAY.

I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF

SPECULATION AS TO WHETHER THIS

13th YEAR IS GONNA BE THE LAST

FOR JEROME BETTIS.

NOW, OF COURSE, IT'S A LOT

EASIER TO PLAY WHEN YOU'RE

GETTING BLOCKING LIKE THAT --

JUST OUTSTANDING WORK.

TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

ALAN FANECA AND HARTINGS,

MARVEL SMITH, KENDALL SIMMONS,

MAX STARKS -- THEY ARE REALLY

ASSERTING THEMSELVES IN RUNNING

THE BALL.

AND PEYTON MANNING ONLY A

SPECTATOR.

AND I THINK THE FRUSTRATION

SHOWS.

>> THIRD DOWN AND A FOOT.

BETTIS AND HAYNES NOW IN THE

BACKFIELD.

AND JEROME BETTIS.

HIT AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE.

IT'LL BE CLOSE.

IT APPEARS IT'S MARKED SHORT.

THEY NEEDED TO CROSS THE 41, AND

IT'S BEING SPOTTED OUTSIDE THE

41.

REFEREE MORELLI CALLS FOR TIME

AND A MEASUREMENT.

>> I THINK IF THIS ISN'T GOOD

ENOUGH FOR A FIRST DOWN, I THINK

BILL HAS ALREADY DECLARED

HIMSELF AS TO WHAT WE'LL SEE ON

FOURTH DOWN.

>> MARVIN HARRISON AND HIS

PLAYOFF RECORD HAS BEEN

STUNNING.

AND IN FACT IT ISN'T REALLY THAT

CLOSE AND ALMOST A FULL YARD

FROM A FIRST DOWN.

BUT HARRISON, WHO IS SUCH A

DOMINANT WIDE RECEIVER AND

PLAYER, SO PRODUCTIVE IN THIS

OFFENSE, HAS ONLY ONE CATCH --

THAT CATCH EARLY IN THE GAME --

THE FIRST RECEPTION BY THE COLTS

TODAY, ONE-HANDED FOR 24 YARDS.

BUT IN HIS OTHER 4 PLAYOFF

GAMES, HE'S BEEN WAY BELOW HIS

SEASON AVERAGE, IN TERMS OF

CATCHES, YARDS, AND TOUCHDOWNS.

>> WELL, A MONSTROUS DOWN FOR

INDIANAPOLIS AND THEIR DEFENSE

RIGHT NOW.

[ CROWD CHEERS ]

>> MANNING WARMING UP, HOPING

THAT HE'LL GET A CHANCE TO COME

ON THE FIELD AFTER THIS PLAY.

HE WANTS THE DEFENSE WITH A

STOP.

BETTIS LINES UP DEEP.

JEROME PLOWS.

OH, IT'S GONNA BE CLOSE.

>> OH, I THINK HE GOT IT.

>> THE LINESMAN ON THIS SIDE IS

MARKING IT JUST OUTSIDE THE 40.

AND THAT MIGHT BE GOOD ENOUGH.

>> WHERE THE LINESMAN WAS

INITIALLY RUNNING TO SPOT IT, IT

SURE LOOKED LIKE IT WAS GOOD.

>> THE TWO LINESMAN BOTH

SPRINTING IN FROM THEIR

POSITIONS.

>> NOW WHERE THEY PUT THE BALL,

IT'S BACK AWAY FROM THE 40 A

LITTLE BIT.

I THOUGHT IT WAS GONNA BE ABOUT

A FOOT CLOSER.

THIS IS GONNA BE TIGHT.

>> IF HE MAKES IT, IT'LL BE TWO

STRAIGHT FOURTH-AND-INCHES

CONVERSIONS.