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Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95), defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) and defensive end Michael Johnson (93) during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

But the story of last night’s game was the outstanding play of the defense, specifically the front-7 in keeping the running game grounded, while Ben Roethlisberger had pressure iin his face the entire game, leading to Pittsburgh not having a first-down on seven of their first 10 possessions and held their offense to -2 yards in the second half up until the fourth quarter:

Domata Peko on why they were so successful:

“Yeah, we executed our game plan. Coach Zimmer put together a great game plan. We went out and stopped the run and were able to get after the QB. It was a great night for the Who-Dey Nation.”

 

Geno Atkins on stopping the run and putting the game on Roethlisberger’s shoulders:

“We did a good job stopping the run and making them one dimensional. We have great guys up front and were able to get after the quarterback.”

 

Michael Johnson knew “finishing the play” was the biggest key to the win, and the defense did just that:

“We talked about that earlier in the week that it was going to be a tough, physical game. That’s what it was. We were able to finish. We were in the same position we were in last week, where we were up and they kind of hung around. But this week, we were able to put our foot down and shut the door on them.”

 

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