Perfect execution was the reason Mendenhall broke the touchdown run. Props to the new Steelers Offensive Line Coach Sean Kugler are in order.

Key Blocks Sprung Mendenhall, Steelers Victory (Photo)

Stteelers RB Rashard Mendenhall had a lot of help on his 50-yard TD run in overtime to seal the Steelers OT victory

Rashard Mendenhall ran through a gaping hole in the Atlanta Falcons defense for a 50-yard touchdown and the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped with an overtime victory at Heinz Field.  The epitome of hat on a hat football is evident in the photo above.  Mendenhall ran for 120 yards and Hines Ward set a few all-time Steelers records with his 100-yard receiving day.  Dennis Dixon was erratic, especially early in the game.  Dixon settled down to throw for 236 yards including a beautiful pass to Mike Wallace and several key throws to Hines Ward and Heath Miller.  But he also had numerous missed opportunties despite being given ample time by the offensive line.

Go look at that photo again.  Man that is beautiful. 

Dixon can be thankful for his line.  The Steelers had plenty of questions marks coming into the game, mainly along that offensive line.  However, the O-line looked solid despite losing starter Max Starks with a high ankle sprain.

Key to victory:  The offensive line.

Big play:  Troy Polamalu had an interception (check back for a pic of the pick) that would have sealed the victory if the Steelers offense was effective or if Jeff Reed would have nailed this field goal as time expired.

Jeff Reed set a record for the longest field goal in Heinz Field history with his 52-yarder earlier in the game, but this attempt was no good with the game on the line Sunday.

In case you were curious how much time remained in OT when Rashard scored. Such an amateur. But heh, check out that Landmark security officer sneaking a peek over his shoulder. I need to report that to his supervisor!

We grabbed 305 more pictures today and will get some up later. 

Well, if I can stop staring at this thing of beauty that is.

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