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4Q Defense: Steelers D-Colts D


I'll once again cite John Madden's proclamation prior to the Steelers' SB winning drive last February. "Alot of football is when you do things."  Madden's never been one of my favorites, but that phrase rings true.  Latest example?  Steelers D v. Colts D.

In the Bears, both Cinci, and Raiders losses this year, the Steelers D took the field for nine 4th quarter possessions, and surrendered NINE scores, 6 touchdowns and 3 field goals.  Note that prior to 4Q in those [I]cumulative[/I] 4 games, the Steelers had surrendered ONE touchdown through the first three quarters. Note as well that in the Kansas City and Baltimore losses, the Steelers held a mid-to-late 4Q lead, had their opponent backed up to their own 10 yard line, and let them off the mat for game-tying drives, leading to an eventual overtime loss.

In last night's Colts win, the Colts D, with the exception of a Jax possession beginning with 35 seconds left in the first half, surrendered scoring drives on every Jax possession through the first 3 quarters.  In the fourth quarter though....four possessions for the Jaguars, FOUR stops for the Colts.

"Alot of football is when you do things."


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